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The forks on my bike leak

I suspect a seal in the forks is bad

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  • cbabin6 Jan 26, 2009

    where can I get instructions on proper replacement

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That the main reason for this type of leak!
replace both seals at once because one new seal will put to much pressure on the other old seal and cause that one to leak soon after you fix the first leak!

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Oily fluid leaking from front suspension forks. Both sides leaking how do i repair this.


Replace the Fork oil seals. It will require you to support the bike from the headstock and remove the forks. You will also need to know the correct amount of fork oil to put in each leg. Buy the manual for your bike (whatever it is) it will cost about 20GBP. a new set of forks will cost considerably more.

Aug 12, 2013 | Motorcycles

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Leaking fork seal? Try this...


When forks start leaking, a large part of the time there is actually a peice of debris in the seal, not an actual damaged seal. Here is a way to clean the seals while still installed on the bike. If this doesn't work, you'll know that your seal is indeed damaged and needs replaced. If it does work, you can put a little more gas in the tank!

WIth the forks on the bike, use a flat screw driver to pry out the forks dust seal. Slide the dust seal back a ways and clean it thoroughly. There will usually be alot of gunk in there to get out. Spray it out with carb cleaner and dry with a paper towel inside and out. Now clean the recess that contains your fork seal thoroughly with carb cleaner and paper towel.

There are a few things that can be used to clean the actual fork seal. You can buy a special made piece of plastic from mc parts catalogs, use a very thin feeler gauge, or my favorite is a piece of camera film negative.

Whatever you're using, very gently insert it about 1/2 inch between the seal and the fork tube. Be careful not to damage the seal. Now, holding your cleaning tool snug against the fork leg, slide it around the fork tube while slowly pulling out to make sure the debris is pulled out of the seal instead of pushed in. As you work around the fork, your little "tool" should be gently sweeping between the seal and the fork tube, removing peices of sand and dirt. You may do this a few times if they are really dirty. Wipe everything clean and very dry and work the forks up and down to see if you've stopped the leak. If so, wipe everything down one more time, reinstall your dust seal, and your through!

If you are working on upside down forks, make sure the area at the bottom of the fork tube (next to the casting) is clean. Often times simply bottoming the suspension out can cram dirt from this area into your seals.


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Oil spot when bike is parked for a while around front forkes


this isnt to big of a problem, theres an old saying about harleys, they always mark their territory. now as for the oil spot around your forks, its more than likely a bad seal on one or both of the forks allowing a bit of fork fluid to leak out.

while you can purchase the seals for less than $20 i would recomend taking it to a qualified motorcycle repair technician, do to the specialized tools involved, hope i was able to help!

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The right side front fork is leaking fluid. it is a Fat Boy fork assembly, but it is on a custom bike (Kenny Boyce FXR frame.)


leaking at the seals on the slider? Or at the top above the tree? Either way, the fork will have to be taken apart and new seals installed. Leaking at the top, need internal build.

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I have a 1981 suzuki gs 400 and the gear lever seams to be sticking badly. Can't get it back into neutral ? It has been leaking but I don't know where from


Chances are strong the bike has a bent shift fork. This is a major repair requiring a complete engine tear down. As far as the leak goes, there is a shift shaft seal, drive-shaft ( sprocket shaft ) seal, Kick shaft seal. shift drum switch seal, crank shaft seals and clutch shaft seal. Also, there is the right outer case cover gasket, oil filler "O" ring seal, and the center case mating surface seal. The center case seal is actually a semi-liquid gasket compound applied to the mating surfaces prior to the center case re-assembly. The shift fork repair is not recommended for the unexperienced home mechanic. Below are the main parts if a Suzuki shift mechanism and a diagram of how the shift forks move left and right to change gears. Please rate my answer. Thanks! tombones49_15.gif

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If feels like a pogo stick sometimes and also wants the front end to wash out too and on the front forks i have a oil leak


Your front fork seal are bad and need to be replaced.
When you loose fork oil, your loosing suspension dampening and only riding on the springs.(POGO)

Replace both front fork seals and dust caps, and put same amount of fork fluid in both forks.

I bought my seals and caps for $30 on ebay, and then took my forks off my bike and took them to a shop and they charged me $75 to do the job.

You can take them the whole bike and they will charge $100 - $150 including parts to do the job.

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I have a honda goldwing and one fork leg is leaking . i fitted new seals but one has formed a leak there are not bent or pitted any clue


I would check for a scratch in the outer housing or on fork tube.Someone working on the bike before you may have scratched them removing the seal.Could have a bad new seal.

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2004 honda shadow 600 VLX leaking fork seal bike has 600 miles on it should I replace left and right if only right is leaking.


check first to see if the leaking fork has any rust pitting on the chrome,if it has and its a very small blemish then fettle it off first,and just replace the leaking seal,as the saying goes..if it aint broke dont fix it,if the seals had been in the forks for years and the bike not used then consider replacing both..

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Front fork leaking oil from bottom of the seal.


change the oil seals and oil in the fork,and avoid wheelies on the bike and off road biking 

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Steering shakes very bad,from 55mph down to 20mph. slowing down


Yes the leak is causing uneven pressure on the front of the bike! The pressure in the left fork is greater then the right fork and will cause shaking of the front end!
Replacing seals and oil to the right fork will fix the shaking!
Hope this helps!

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