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Fork seal leaking

Just had brand new fork seals installed.leaking alot .took the bike back to the shop.thinking the mechanic put seals in upside down?
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Just had brand new fork seals installed.leaking alot .took the bike back to the shop.thinking the mechanic put seals in upside down?
It’s possible. We’ve seen stranger things that shops do.

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The mechanic would have to be drunk or stoned to put seals in the wrong way and they would act like a cup resulting in some serious by pass!
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Just had brand new fork seals installed.leaking alot .took the bike back to the shop.thinking the mechanic put seals in upside down?
There was probably some damage to your fork tube that your mechanic didn't notice and its killed the new seal straight away. If that's the case they should replace it for free, even backyard mechanics check the fork tubes before putting them back together. Hope it gets sorted.
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Just had brand new fork seals installed.leaking alot .took the bike back to the shop.thinking the mechanic put seals in upside down?
The mechanic could have damaged the seal when he put ti on, but he would have had to really damaged it bad for it to leak like that. like someone said, the tube could have been damaged and the mechanic did not notice it.
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Re: Fork seal leaking

I'm pretty sure that what happened to you is exactly what the other guys say, that the seal was not put in correctly. Especially if it is leaking more after the repair than before.
What I want ed to add to the thread was to say that I had a problem with a fork where a rock had dinged the chromed surface, and it started leaking. I didn't spot the ding at first, and just replaced the seal, which of course started leaking very soon afterwards. then I got up close with it, and saw the ding, which was about 1.5mm long and 0.5mm wide, and the chrome had cracked and formed a sharp edge which was slashing the seals. So I got out the dremel with the diamond disc and did my best to dress away the ding, as you can see it's through to the brass and not completely smooth, but it does the job. The new seal I put in after the smoothing job has been in there for a year without any leaks. Not a kosher job but cheaper than a new fork leg.
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Re: Fork seal leaking

Best do it yourself mate. I did. There are some excellent videos out there on Youtube.
I used a bit of plastic piping to get the seals home (its all in the videos :-))
Any damage to the forks and the seals will be knacked. If its leaking alot, either upside down fitting (!) or they've knacked the forks.

It was a 929, then a DL650 - but when the 954 came up ..
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