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Question Enough oil in steering damper to puddle up?

I had come out to the bike after it sitting for some time and noticed a reddish/brown oil pooled on the right-hand side of the rim (bike had steering locked to the left and had sat for some time after going into the hospital for heart failure.) I put it up on the center stand finally and had found more on the left side again.

I did some research and it seemed it was most likely fork seals so I bought a set. Well I went out there today to start dismantling things to prepare to do the fork seal replacement and realized there is nothing leaking from the top of the forks down (assuming that is where it leaks from.) But, the oil trail seems to start around the front fender/wheel cover and down.

I also noticed a lot of oil around the steering damper as if it had been leaking. Seems like it would have leaked to the left side as that was the lower side of the rim and the side under the damper. I didn't want to change the fork seals if there is no need (only about 40k on the bike) but wondered if this sounds like it could have been the damper or if it was purely coincidental and maybe that had previously leaked out (there is a healthy helping of dust on there which had to come from it leaking previously.)

I'm also going to check the brake fluid levels too but it was all recently flushed and can't imagine it being reddish/brown. Not to mention, it was pooled up on there a couple months and probably would of ate at the finish but this didn't.

Anybody got any insight/ideas?

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Re: Enough oil in steering damper to puddle up?

Had the same issue on my 2009 LT - replaced the seals and wipers and no more leaks. Was not able to get to is before last winter and it leaked all winter long - had to place material in the floor to soak up the redish material as it kept leaking for no reason I could tell . . . go figure!!

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Re: Enough oil in steering damper to puddle up?

Nevermind... I dug deeper and realized that it was the Left that was leaking. Not sure how it ran uphill to the right side, but it did. The fluid in there smelled like what was on my rim (smelled like money / bandaids, haha.) Looks and smells like my very expensive transmission fluid from my ZF transmission in my BMW 325Ci so I guess that's what I'll put back in it. The fluid around (well, all over) the steering damper was the same fluid.

The right side was sealed and the fluid looked excellent but the left side had a little bit of foaming in it and had about 2/3 as much as the right side.

Well, now to wait for the postman to deliver the fork seals and I'll change them out and put it back together.

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Nevermind... I dug deeper and realized that it was the Left that was leaking. Not sure how it ran uphill to the right side, but it did. The fluid in there smelled like what was on my rim (smelled like money / bandaids, haha.) Looks and smells like my very expensive transmission fluid from my ZF transmission in my BMW 325Ci so I guess that's what I'll put back in it. The fluid around (well, all over) the steering damper was the same fluid.

The right side was sealed and the fluid looked excellent but the left side had a little bit of foaming in it and had about 2/3 as much as the right side.

Well, now to wait for the postman to deliver the fork seals and I'll change them out and put it back together.
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