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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 15th, 2015, 6:02 pm Thread Starter
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Just change fork oil seals clips and dust boots. Went for a ride and have a bit of oil leaking at the top of the fork. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Just change fork oil seals clips and dust boots. Went for a ride and have a bit of oil leaking at the top of the fork. Any advice would be appreciated.
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There are bushings inside the slider that keeps the stanchion centered in the seal.

Is it possible you put too much oil in the slider when putting back together

I failed to replace the bushings when rebuilding my other K forks and they were leaking after a couple hundred miles.

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Leaving on a trip on Friday. Plan to monitor the situation. Do you know the down side of this situation on a 3000 mile trip?
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Leaving on a trip on Friday. Plan to monitor the situation. Do you know the down side of this situation on a 3000 mile trip?
If it continues tie a rag around it and keep on truckin'. you'll be fine till you get back.

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Leaving on a trip on Friday. Plan to monitor the situation. Do you know the down side of this situation on a 3000 mile trip?
Just that your forks will be dirty. I don't think you will pump out all the oil.
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Leaving on a trip on Friday. Plan to monitor the situation. Do you know the down side of this situation on a 3000 mile trip?
Little downside if you wipe off the dirt and oil frequently. The biggest issue is that oil attracts grit and forms a fairly effective grinding compound. That is rough on the seals and, in the extreme, can scratch the fork tubes causing oil to weep forever even with new seals.

I would try to wipe things clean at the end of each day to minimize the dirt build-up.

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Will do. Is there a way to top up fork oil without removing the slider?
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Well not an easy one. Way up at the very top of the fixed tube is a breather hole and I suppose you could add oil there. But I really don't think you will lose much more than an oz or two as a nuisance, it will not affect the remainder of the oil. In other words you can't run it dry unless you lay down the bike.

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Got back from my trip. No oil leaking throughout. Suspect I over filled the fork and with compression a few drops of oil was leaking out the air hole and running down onto the dust boot. In time the leak disappeared. Feeling better about the situation now.
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