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Aug 12th 2016, 08:18 PM   #1
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Fork oil leak - Question

So I installed a set of cartridge emulators in my SV the other day. Went to pick it up from storage for OMRRA NRS yesterday and the bolt that holds the damper rod in the lower had a little leak on the right side. Vulgarity ensued. Bike stayed in storage, and Premium Rush saved my butt.

Now I will confess, I was lazy and re-used the crush washer. I'm going to grab a pair and some new oil tomorrow, to do it right. The question I have is, would it be a terrible idea to add a little dab of RTV on the crush washers (not the threads, mind you, just where it seals)?

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Aug 12th 2016, 09:12 PM   #2
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No! Just use the new gasket washers and you'll be fine. If you use RTV you'll effectively glue them in.
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Aug 13th 2016, 05:52 AM   #3
  May 2016
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Yea, the damping rod is hard enough to crack loose as it is. MY Traxxion damping rod kit even specifically says "Do not use loctite on damping rod bolt". I've re-used the crush washer many times without it leaking fwiw.

My guess is the damping rod bolt just isn't tightened enough. Crank the preload adjuster in all the way, jack up the front end, remove the front wheel/axle, and see if the damping rod bolt is tight or it just spins freely. If so... you know what must be done
Aug 13th 2016, 06:20 PM   #4
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Yeah, I know about that particular bolt and what a PITA it is. I had to take it to a shop to get it out with an impact wrench. Should have gotten a new gasket right then. I got a pair of new washers today, and I plan to start working on it early tomorrow to beat the heat. Thanks, folks.

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