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post #1 of 5 Old 08-29-2012, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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2003 zx6r fork seal leak =(

I have an 03 zx6r that i have noticed leaks out of the left fork seal towards the bottom. I bought the bike from a friend and the owner before him told him that the forks were from a z1000, i dont know how to tell so i am unsure. Anyways long story short that same owner liked to do wheelies and i knew the seal was leaking. It doesnt leak alot just about a couple drops a day, idk if i should worry or if i should get it changed right away. Im tight on money so if i could just add fork oil that would be awesome. The bike just rolled over 10k miles.
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I let mine leak when it was just drops every so often, then they got so bad to when they we all over my lower fairing. i just diod mine myself a few weeks ago and not a leak yet. they are pretty simple to do, just need time a paitence. dont let the service manual phyce you out. im no expert but the internals of the forks shouldnt be too differnt from the originals.

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It's a relatively easy, yet time consuming job. If I were you I would just change out the seals. If they are leaking that badly you run the risk of causing worse damage to your forks.

1. No oil in the fork = no bueno. Internal parts start getting damaged.
2. If your seal is leaking oil out, then there is a good possibility you could be drawing debris in, even the smallest particle of debris can scrape those nice shiny for tubes and cause a permanent leak. No bueno.
3. Your handling will be off.

Edited to include: Check the dust seals too. If one of them is torn then you'll need to replace them.

If you can't afford the 60 bucks and couple hours to do the fork seals, then you'll certainly want to avoid spending upwards of 400 bucks on a new set of forks. Good luck finding ones that aren't damaged.
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It'll only get worse over time, and MoM is 100% correct. Plus a leaking fork seal could lead to fork oil on your brakes, and that can be catastrophic.

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Thanks guys, do u guys have any pointers or a DIY that i can look at. I can do anything myself but ive neer done forks so i have absolutely no idea what to do once i have them off. Should i lift the bike up? take the tire off? Thanks for the help guys, its greatly appreciated.
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