Fork seal problems
Posted November 27, 2004 - 05:21 PM
I have an '02 WR426 that I bought new from a dealer this spring. Since then, after riding all summer and today, I just blew out another fork seal, left one this time. Both of them were replaced about 4 months ago after I blew out the stock seals transporting the bike to a ride.
Does anyone have any luck protecting the seal area with something? Seems like mud and gunk should not make them leak this fast.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Posted November 28, 2004 - 08:11 AM
Posted November 28, 2004 - 08:50 AM
Posted November 28, 2004 - 09:24 AM
Just one other thing you dont say if your bleeding the air from your forks after every ride out.
And to add to the above, I try and make it a habit to bleed the forks of air AFTER I've cinched the bikes down in the truck for the journey to/from the riding area. I know it's a pain in the ass, but it does seem to have helped. Little things go a long way....
Posted November 28, 2004 - 04:45 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.
Posted November 29, 2004 - 02:37 AM
it makes significant pressure to the seals and blowing them in time
Posted November 30, 2004 - 04:16 AM
dont bother with aftermarket products, if near the shop specialized in making or repairing diver suits and other neoprene products
watertight sowing together is no problem for them, be sure to provide accurate data on length and width of the tube, it is quite stretchy material
Posted November 30, 2004 - 05:48 AM
I usually use my seal savers cut to 4" length and positioned only 3" past the dust seal. I have never had fork seal issues with this set up but you do have to change them and clean under them often.
Posted November 30, 2004 - 08:01 AM
rode quite some dry dusty MX with those, not showing any signs of tear...so stretchy and squeezy stuff
when removed after few months for fork rebuild, all was clean under, washed them with warm water&mild soap, dried, reinstalled, like new
generally i clean them with pressure cleaner, they withstand it too
I presume they have few years lifespan, if you dont tear em up
Posted November 30, 2004 - 02:23 PM
Posted December 01, 2004 - 01:05 PM
Drop the wiper with a small flat tip screw driver (CAREFULLY) and spray some brake cleaner to clean out the wiper and the base of the fork seal. Next Take a 4mm feeler gauge (Brass is best - won't scratch) blade and slide it between the fork and the seal. Gently rotate the gauge left or right until it sweeps out from the seal. continue this all the way around the seal until you do not feel or hear anymore sand between the seal.
You can do the same thing with a piece of 35mm film or a business card. I have had much better luck with the feeler guage method.
Once the seal has been cleaned again clean everything up with brake cleaner, push the fork thru it's travel until the spitting has stopped, clean again, replace the wiper, and your done.
I am a true believer in Seal Savers and have been using them since before they went public. You MUST roll the seal savers up and clean the dirt out from underneath them or the dirt will eventually work it's way past the wiper and get sand back between the seal and the fork anyway.
My 2 cents..
Posted December 05, 2004 - 04:00 AM
Posted December 05, 2004 - 04:08 AM