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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Forks seal gone?

'03 bike with 5k miles

Noticed today some oil around one fork leg (not the other) - is this a seal gone?

Seems it must be, but surprised at this age/mileage
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fork seals

In olden days, like when I first started riding, a 3 yr old bike with only 5K would lead me to believe the seals had dried out from lack of use. In which case, the other one is probably going to go real soon, for the same reason.
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Sounds like fork seal mate

You may as well re-spring them when you do the fork seals.

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It'll be going to the dealer then, so when you say respring it at the same time (Polar) is that to OE spec?

Appreciate the replies.
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spring

Respring make sense since the 03 FJR has about 10% less power on the springs compared to the 04 and later model. E.G. in my 03 i put the OE parts from a 04 FJR and it works out just fine.

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That makes good sense - thanks. I assume that upping the front spring rates without doing the rear doesn't cause any undue issues?

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Re: Forks seal gone?

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'03 bike with 5k miles

Noticed today some oil around one fork leg (not the other) - is this a seal gone?

Seems it must be, but surprised at this age/mileage
I went out to take a ride at 9.8k. Discovered to my dismay oil on the forks, a spot on the floor caught my attention. It was in the early Spring last year, I think it just sat there and leaked in the winter! Cause I normally wipe down my bike with regularity.

If you take the forks apart, which you must, new springs will make a great emprovement. I went to .95kg on an '04. Stock is apparenlty .85kg. Buddy of mine went to 1.0kg.

You'll probably need to go to new brake shoes.

I have ABS brakes, I have the SBC fork brace, the one many said were getting hammered by the banjo fitting of the brakes? Never had that issue; I do know that with the old springs, there was very little space left at the top of fork when the sliders stopped. Now with the new springs, MUCH more. I think I went from a 1/2" to 1 1/2" of space. Ride and handling much improved.
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It could be dirt worked its way down the leg/seal.

It's possible to cure it by working a thin feeler gauge down the leg/seal around the circumference and cleaning it out.

IIRC, this happened to one of our members who tried the above and it worked.
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Hi CarMan,

i would have stiffer springs fitted as the OE are a little on the weak side.

Someone like k-Tech will be able to supply or fit new springs, seals and some good quality fresh oil for you. 01530810625. i have used them myself and they do a top job.

Like you say its not ideal to just respring the front but while you are having the seals done you may as well get them re-sprung, you can always have the rear done at a later date.

Hop this helps mate.

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Appreciate all the replies - dropped around to Dave Parry (Cheltenham) this morning and it's booked in for Friday - couldn't have been more helpful.
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