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Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by Nemeses, May 19, 2018.

  1. InvaderGIR


    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

    Posts: 17,492

    Location: Bristol

    And to give some explanation to that (which is correct anyway)...


    E: He doesn't mean grab a handful of front brake when riding it down the road by the way.
  2. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,324

    I don't see how that would tell you if fork seals are shot or not? that might (if you know what a good one feels like) tell you about springs and oil in forks but seals? Sorry don't get it.
  3. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,324

    Agreed - that makes sense... not what IC3 is saying... ehehe. Honestly bouncing forks at standstill apart from head bearing (and rebound/softness if you know the bike a bit) I don't see what you can tell at a glance...
  4. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,858

    Location: West mids

    Either way some well placed kitchen roll will hide anything but the most fubar'd seals unless you go popping the dust seals out to check underneath.
  5. Freeman


    Joined: Jul 24, 2004

    Posts: 5,564

    You can tell if they're leaking because it leaves a ring of oil on the stanchion when the forks are compressed.
    Not a huge problem but they take ages to take apart and refill. Horrible job I've done once and always dread doing again lol.
  6. Fireskull


    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

    Posts: 9,657

    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    As above you'll see a ring of oil or misting on the stanchion, the dust seals just inspect, if they are cracked/split then it wont be long until the seals start going also.
  7. ttaskmaster


    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 9,767

    Somebody said something nice...!!!