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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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OK...what exactly happens (besides leaking) when you blow a fork seal?

My question is really what if you're out on a long trip or ride...can you still ride the bike?

What EFFECT does riding a bike with blown fork seals exhibit?

Is it an EMERGENCY type thing where you are down and out until it is fixed?

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Blowing a seal on one side can result in increased brake pad wear and/or brake disk issues. Basically your forks perform equally on both sides when they have the same amount of fluid - when the fluid is decreased in one side and not the other the forks start performing differently (i.e. more compression/dampening on one side than the other).

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Mine is leaking for 3000 kilometers, at 1 side, and now a wobble starts sometimes

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A blown or leaking fork seal is not an emergency but it is something that you should get taken care of at the first opportunity.

By the way, studies have been done over the last 50 years suggesting that fork seals communicate with each other and rarely do they both fail at the same time however...

Should you decide to replace only one the remaining one will feel left out and ignored and have no choice other than to start leaking within 72 hours of being put back into service. The moral to this little story is:

Don't change just one fork seal!! Do both of them then forget about 'em for the next 50k miles.
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If you dont wipe the oil off the back of the fork leg where it runs down and its on the brake side then you risk getting fork oil on your brake pads.
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Its rare a seals will fail. Think how many thousands of bikes are running down the road right now and no fork seal leak.

You don't need to replace them till they go bad or you change fork oil. Maybe not even then.

If its not broke don't fix it. By the way its BS you have to change both at the same time.

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Yeah a home made or store bought sealmate will getcha goin mate!
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Visionjohnny are you going to tell me that if you had the front of your bike torn apart to change a left form seal that you wouldn't take the extra 30 minutes and do the right one too?

I've changed only one before but I no longer find joy in disassembling the bike just because I know how.
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i would probably change both just to have it done, but i have done this to have one start leaking too, so either way, change the leaking one, change the oil in both and go. but i changed mine at 30,000 on my xc, should have done it sooner

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I have only changed one a couple times. Its what a customer wanted
if it isn't broke why fix it

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