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SOS need help with front forks!

Discussion in 'Portland Region' started by SanssouciSeuc, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Hello Fellow PNWriders!

    I'm starting this thread in the hopes of a miracle! I recently discovered that my right fork is leaking oil from the top seal! Luckily I recently got new springs and a new rear cushion lever to bring my 2002 SV650S back to stock height. That being said I was hoping that someone on here might be able to help me fix this messy repair? Chris over at Cycletune was nice enough to hear me out but being strapped for cash & him running a legitimate business, I couldn't put in this weird situation. Times are tough for everyone I know, but I'm a man of my word and whoever helps me out, I guarantee they will be repaid. I'll be willing to barter as well! I have a used HJC helmet that I could give you for a passenger, size medium I believe. To rent: I have a full windsurf rig with a wetsuit to rent out; a '98 Jeep Wrangler willing to rent out for a weekend, (pending a signed written liability contract of course);manual labor too. Or I'd be willing to pay off your time and efforts with installments until decided amount is paid in full. :evil3:

    I realize this is a bit of a stretch, but I'm basically broke and my beaute is down for the count. Being the best time of year to ride, this is killing me inside:crybaby:please any suggestions or offers will be considered. I moved out here last fall from the flat boring Midwest to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and I'm grounded as of now. Thank you in advance for any consideration you might have for me.
  2. Hey buddy there alot of awesome people on here that are willing to help or they can suggest on how to do it. I know I would of I knew how. Good luck with the forks. Laters hath

  3. I would of course be there helping as much/torquing as much as possible. I just have an apartment with minimal tools, so I'm SOL. Crossing my fingers, thanks for the props!
  4. So I've heard of this, heard that this OFTEN works
    Nearly free 'fix':
    Clean your fork leg, take a piece of camera film (you know, 'negatives', remember those??), cut it up and scotch tape it to your fork that is leaking so it makes a perfect clean circle, compress your forks so the film makes its way past the seal, possibly cleaning up the debris making it leak or pushing the seal back into place, you may have to do it, clean it, do it again..
    Then use a socket, pop off the top of the fork leg, and fill with fork fluid until (I looked it up sorry if I'm wrong) the fluid is 92mm from the top of the fork tube
    Then get a very nice helper :) to help you get the nut/top of the fork tube back into place (compressing it by hand isn't that easy)
    Probably a good time to just go ahead and suck the fluid out of both legs with a turkey baster (relegate to shop usage afterwards :) ) and replace with new fluid/heavier fluid
    Then jump on the bars a few times to see if it still leaks
    Its worth trying! I'm no expert but am always willing to lend a hand if you want just PM me. Zero payment wanted.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2010
  5. Hey buddy just saw this. Sorry ur bike is down. Have u checked svrider bout this? I know I've seen this discussed before. It can't b that hard to do id imagine. Let me know if I can help somehow. Unfortunately I've never done it or had that problem.
  6. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    It's not all that hard, but it is time consuming & kind of a pain.

    Isn't there a garage day coming up in Vancouver?

  7. Aprilia

    Aprilia Sweep Crusader

    very cool to see others giving good advice/help out here... nice job and right on matt007, if you're ever 'stumped', give a shout out, too. pm me anytime. (now I'm actually going to figure out how to 'give a "Rep"' thingy... ;) )

  8. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    That really works?
    Guess I'll give it a try on my 250...

  9. as Aprilia could attest riding around with bad fork seals is an accident waiting to happen. Likely not at the time, place, conditions of your choosing.
  10. Wow thanks Matt, seems like that should work good to get the seals popped back into place or to get the debris out. The problem with that is that I'm also trying to replace the springs in both so I may as well get the seals done at the same time. I praying that someone may be able to help this weekend. Does anyone know of a shop in PDX that'll sell seals? Or the best parts store around??
  11. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    You can usually get a pretty good seal deal on eBay.
    Don't forget the wipers (boots.)

  12. if you were closer i'd do it for ya.. i had a buddy with bad fork seals on his cbr 900 the other day, but he had spare bent forks that didnt leak.. i disassembled and polished(with a scotch brite type pad and mothers metal polish) his forks, greased up the inner lip and installed the better used seals. He rode a few hours so far and no leaks! i'm a bit surprised but usually the seals sont get worn or torn(old and stiff maybe..), but the shafts get lines scratched in them from normal and hard use(wheelies, jumps, anything..) and the old seals wont seal against those kinds of marks. Good luck with it
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