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forks started leaking

im new here so if someone already posted this please excuse me.
I was riding today with my friend, and he noticed my front forks have started leaking then i turned around and went home. Do i have to change the fork seals or what should i do?
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Re: forks started leaking works if you have a feeler gauge and slide it up inside the rubber dust cover(be careful when doing this not to cut the rubber), and spray some brake cleaner in the cover while you slowly make a sweep around with the feeler guage. This works if ther is dirt inside the dust cover.

It might work, and it might not. It has worked for me before, but this last time, the seals were actually bad. It's worth a shot though.......
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Re: forks started leaking

you can try one a these. they are like 10 bucks online n might be a safer alternative to the feeler gauge. same concept but the tool is plastic n less likely to damage the seals or scratch the tube.

if that doesnt work its time to get the seals replaced. id suggest oem seals or look for seals that are NOK. they cut down on stiction. just dont get the cheap 20$ seal set. at the dealership its about a 225$ job to get the forks serviced. on the bright side fresh oil and seals makes the bike feel amazing. just keep in mind youll need to get the suspension setup after doing it. it wont be even front to back after fresh build in your forks.

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Re: forks started leaking

Leaking fork seals often mean they are damaged and need to be replaced. With that said, if they have gotten to the point of leaking they probably have not been serviced at the recommended interval and would benefit from the rebuild anyway. If you have the spare cash this would be a great time to switch out to spring-rates weight-matched to your weight as they will not likely charge anything to install them (over just switching fluid/seals).

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