Could just be dirt around the seal. Sealmate is one product you can use. Any type of thin plastic will work to clean them.
Too many dealers will happily sell you a set of new seals installed when simple cleaning is all that is needed.Quick update - got the sealmate, popped the dust seal, and ran the tool under the seal. Lots of bug nastiness. Reset the seal and all good.
Someone installed this the wrong way round, you can see it quite clearly in the workshop manuals. It's also common sense for most people I suppose.Hi Guy's and Girls
This post is prob too old to still be watched. I have an F4 2009. Lovin it but hardly gets used (9K). Also puddle under front forks.
Found amazingly that the inner seals had the spring half off the seal lip! Took it all apart and bought new 50x63x10mm seals from the local bearing shop.
Only than a little light came on in my head: The seals where fitted upside down! In my view (you can't see it in the w'shop manual), the lipseal's spring side should face UP to keep the oil in and not be visible behind the bug seal, with the spring lip facing down.
Any one else experience with this?
Hi Herbert.Thanks mate.
On another token I looked at my Status on the left, which shows that I am a new member, already for the last 5 years. Have you got any idea how to change that?
I also DO have my MV in the registry. Strange... ;-)
I use a negative strip from when getting pictures developed from film. They work great at getting under the seal and pulling grit from out from under it. So if you have any old pictures around, they should be abundant. If your a bit younger, your probably on digital pictures and have no idea what I'm talking about.Could just be dirt around the seal. Sealmate is one product you can use. Any type of thin plastic will work to clean them.
Pictures attached (I hope). Pretty self explanatory.
I really think that the seals where the wrong way around, from the factory (!).
I am just after confirmation to make sure that I have not missed something...
I replace or change oil all the time without replacing seals, doing just this. No need to seep rate the fork tubes to get all the old oil out.With the benefit of hindsight I suppose it would have been possible, but not ideal, to remove the damper cartridge and flush the forks without separating the tubes so leaving the seals in place.