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Old 31-08-2006
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Fork Seals???

I have just popped one of my bloody fork seals again in a matter of 2 months, I always bleed the air out after every ride and use a block which compresses the forks about 1 inch when in transit. I have read about seal savers as well though I dont believe my issue is debris slipping underneath the seal allowing the fluid to escape. Is this going to be a re-occuring issue for me, could it possibly be workmanship, or something I am doing?
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How is the chrome on the fork legs - any nicks or dints?
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why do you bleed the air out after every ride??
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Pristine Keg, mirror finish, I was reading some earlier threads and their assumption was to wash the dust and mud off near the seals as soon as you return from riding, I am the type to let it sit for about 5 or 6 days could this be my issue?
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As per the manual Virgil, Air builds up in the forks and must be released, KTM thing...
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Foxy,
Do you align your front axle after you've had he front wheel off ?
Believe it or not, a skew if front end can influence a leaking seal.
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I am the type to let it sit for about 5 or 6 days could this be my issue?
YES! When it dries it gets harder and there is much more chance of it working it's way into the seals.
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Wiggy, only had the bike for 4 months, havn't had the need to take the front wheel off
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If you've only had the bike 4 months, I'd try the following if you haven't already with changing the seals as a last resort.
Drop the dust seals down and clean the cavity between the dust seal and fork seal.
Align the front axle as shown in your KTM manual.
Run a business card around the seal to get any crap out of the seal if there's something in there.

If all this fails, time to change the fork seals !
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will removing the dust seal allow for the oil to leak out or is it the seal that sits behind the dust seal that holds it back?
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