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April 11th, 2019, 09:49 AM   #1
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Fork Seal Life Extension?

So, I busted a fork seal again after 1.5 seasons (WP forks on a 2010 FE450). Replacing with SKF seals this go-around, and also bought the SKF mud scrappers, as I mostly ride enduros in difficult conditions.

Any tips on extending the life of your seals; stanchion cleaning routines and products you prefer... I am only getting 2 seasons or less out of my seals, is this the best I can expect in poor riding conditions?

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I haven't tried this myself.....yet....but wiping the fork tubes and dribbling some ATP 205 Re-Seal on the seals my help extend the seal life.

https://www.amazon.com/ATP-AT-205-Re...s%2C262&sr=8-1


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FGPbSafSpI&t=64s
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Has anybody put on fork boots on the Upside forks?
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These aren't boots, but same idea: https://www.sealsavers.com/

The name is right! I have used these before, but cannot speak for how well they work in very muddy conditions. Conceptually they would be very helpful. Also known as fork skins.
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Most often the leaking is from dirt getting between the fork leg and the seal, this will make oil come out although the seal is just fine.
To rinse I pop the scrape seal and then stick a feeler gauge in (0,15mm or so) and work it around the seal a couple of times.

Washing the forklegs carefully after riding seems to be the most effective preventive work you can do as dried mud can be very hard.
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Need to also make sure there are no marks at all on the tubes, when putting new seals in? dosn't take much?
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Originally Posted by Kawestonltd View Post
These aren't boots, but same idea: https://www.sealsavers.com/

The name is right! I have used these before, but cannot speak for how well they work in very muddy conditions. Conceptually they would be very helpful. Also known as fork skins.
"fork skins"... I about spit my coffee out.
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Need to also make sure there are no marks at all on the tubes, when putting new seals in? dosn't take much?
Thanks, yeah, I heard to burnish and buff anything like that, so I am going to check that very well this go-around.
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Originally Posted by TomTom View Post
Most often the leaking is from dirt getting between the fork leg and the seal, this will make oil come out although the seal is just fine.
To rinse I pop the scrape seal and then stick a feeler gauge in (0,15mm or so) and work it around the seal a couple of times.

Washing the forklegs carefully after riding seems to be the most effective preventive work you can do as dried mud can be very hard.
Yeah, I've got a Rhino and some Sealmates that I use from time to time with small leaks. I hope the SKF mud scrappers help, I've heard good things...
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If you use fork skins / seal savers make sure you flip them and wash the inside of them after a few rides. I’ve found dirt that way. But all in all I like them. I have both long and short ones. Long ones work better but still need maintenance
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