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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-24-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Default Possible oil leak or something else?

Decided to check the tire pressures in my trucks and them my XR and when I got down on the ground to check the rear tire I saw a couple of drops of oil underneath my baby! I looked up as saw another small amount that was ready to drop from the bolt that holds the air shock on the left side. I am not really sure if it is motor oil or not because it was a brownish red and kind of watery. Upon further inspection the whole area around the part of the frame that holds the air shock in had oil stains. I looked over the engine, tranny, and oil sump but could not find any leaks or stains leading to the shock area. What could this be and has anybody else run into this. Here are some pics of what I am talking about.
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How does your rear shock feel? Does it have any dampening characteristics or does it bounce like it is all spring? You may have blown shock, but then again it could be just a messy attempt someone (dealer?) made to lube your lower shock linkage and didn't wipe up the excess over spray...

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I checked the shock pressure after I gave up on finding where the oil was coming from and it was fine. The oil or grease or what ever it is is also on the side of the bottom part of the shock.

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After doing some web searching I found a thread on another Vic site where others had the same leak and it was the air shock. Looks like it contains oil like the shock on a truck. I still have a few months of warranty left so I guess it will go in for a new shock if that is the problem. I have been airing it up and down quite a bit lately but have never exceeded the max psi nor used an air compressor, just the fox pump. I am surprised it is already going bad with just 3k miles on the bike and makes me wonder how long the replacement will last.

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I checked the shock pressure after I gave up on finding where the oil was coming from and it was fine. The oil or grease or what ever it is is also on the side of the bottom part of the shock.
You checked the "air" pressure right ? Well this won't be affected by air pressure if there is a seal leak . Air shocks still use oil for dampening while the air acts as the spring . Sounds more and more that it is the shock...

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Disregard last post , I was typing while you posted . Sounds like you found your problem...

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Have you guys seen the price to replace these shocks? Around $500!!! I hope mine is a fluke and the new one does not do the same thing. Does Victory replacement parts have any kind of warranty on them? I hope they have at least a year on the part just in case this happens again.

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No if and or butts Its the Shock

The very first photo you look up at rubber boot and you can see a trace of lube.

Go to dealer ask for new shock.

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I dunno about the rear air shock, but I know Polaris will tell you to kick rocks if you want them to warranty a fork seal. Best of luck to you, man.

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I hope not! I am going to stop by the dealership tomorrow in my cage and ask about it and hopefully bring it in Friday to have them look at it. If they don't warranty it then I will weigh my options but I won't be happy but we will see. I have been experiencing wheel slip when going into curves every now and then and an unsteady feeling. I think the oil from the shock has been blowing onto my rear tire and causing this. I can see oil stains all down the frame at the tire and on past it.

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