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May 12th 2016, 06:45 PM   #1
 ViperJ07's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Valley

  2008 Buell 1125R
Fork Seal Replacment

My new to me 07 GSXR has a leaking front fork seal that I am trying to get replaced. Due to garage space and work/family time I currently am not wanting to pull the fork and take it in, looking a shop that I can drop the bike off at. Any recommendations? I checked with Enumclaw Suzuki and it's $100 if I bring the fork in or $300 for them to pull the fork. Service also mentioned it would be a few weeks before they could get to it.

Any recommendations on a local shop that can do this with a relative quick turn around time?
May 12th 2016, 07:32 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
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Originally Posted by ViperJ07
My new to me 07 GSXR has a leaking front fork seal that I am trying to get replaced. Due to garage space and work/family time I currently am not wanting to pull the fork and take it in, looking a shop that I can drop the bike off at. Any recommendations? I checked with Enumclaw Suzuki and it's $100 if I bring the fork in or $300 for them to pull the fork. Service also mentioned it would be a few weeks before they could get to it.

Any recommendations on a local shop that can do this with a relative quick turn around time?
This time of year "quick" is relative term. Good luck with that!

KFG in Auburn is pretty swell and suspension is their specialty:

KFG Racing Your Full Service Performance Factory! Motorcycle race and street service in Auburn, Washington, Seattle, Tacoma, Kent, Bellevue, Covington

I know you're not asking but come on... do both forks at the same time.
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May 12th 2016, 07:37 PM   #3
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  Mar 2016
  Maple Valley

  2008 Buell 1125R
Thanks, I will call them tomorrow and completely forgot they are in Auburn. Yeah I was trying to save some $$$ but probably should just do both while its in the shop.
May 12th 2016, 08:10 PM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

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Thanks, I will call them tomorrow and completely forgot they are in Auburn. Yeah I was trying to save some $$$ but probably should just do both while its in the shop.
If you only do one, Murphy's law says as soon as you get the bike back together the other leg will start leaking. Just do both
May 12th 2016, 08:10 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
I find that interesting that its an extra 200 off with the fork off the bike. When I did mine, taking the fork off took about 10 minutes and taking apart the fork was what took a couple hours.
May 12th 2016, 09:10 PM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodinville

Might be worth a try look up motion pro seal mate or you can make one out of a milk jug. I made one and it worked on my little Suzuki I was working on. It slides between the fork tube and seal removing any dirt that can cause weeping. Sometimes it works.
https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai=...a-154774706649
At this point you have nothing to loose and it just might work, if you dig around on the web look for YouTube video on making fork seal cleaning tool out of milk jug and you will find a video how to do it free.

Edited by Jkester92 on May 12th 2016 at 09:18 PM
May 12th 2016, 11:48 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

PM me. Probably not proper etiquette to quote prices here, but I'm near half of your first quote.
And that's both fork seals not just one. And I can likely get you in this weekend.
Let me know soon and I'll get it done for you same day, Sunday or Monday?
Don't bother pulling them off the bike, the difference is the same. Ride in, ride out.
And while you're here you can check out Nel's 2Wheel DynoWorks to see if you want to get more HP out of your bike, and you can check out Optimum Performance Rider Training to see about bringing your new beast out to the track.
I'm in Kirkland, 126th St. Just off the 124th St exit.
May 13th 2016, 03:45 AM   #8
 ViperJ07's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Valley

  2008 Buell 1125R
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Originally Posted by Jkester92
Might be worth a try look up motion pro seal mate or you can make one out of a milk jug. I made one and it worked on my little Suzuki I was working on. It slides between the fork tube and seal removing any dirt that can cause weeping. Sometimes it works.
https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai=...a-154774706649
At this point you have nothing to loose and it just might work, if you dig around on the web look for YouTube video on making fork seal cleaning tool out of milk jug and you will find a video how to do it free.
Thanks, never heard of this but will take a look
May 13th 2016, 03:45 AM   #9
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  Mar 2016
  Maple Valley

  2008 Buell 1125R
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Originally Posted by Zoomie
PM me. Probably not proper etiquette to quote prices here, but I'm near half of your first quote.
And that's both fork seals not just one. And I can likely get you in this weekend.
Let me know soon and I'll get it done for you same day, Sunday or Monday?
Don't bother pulling them off the bike, the difference is the same. Ride in, ride out.
And while you're here you can check out Nel's 2Wheel DynoWorks to see if you want to get more HP out of your bike, and you can check out Optimum Performance Rider Training to see about bringing your new beast out to the track.
I'm in Kirkland, 126th St. Just off the 124th St exit.
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May 13th 2016, 05:06 PM   #10
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  Mar 2016
  Maple Valley

  2008 Buell 1125R
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Originally Posted by Jkester92
Might be worth a try look up motion pro seal mate or you can make one out of a milk jug. I made one and it worked on my little Suzuki I was working on. It slides between the fork tube and seal removing any dirt that can cause weeping. Sometimes it works.
https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai=...a-154774706649
At this point you have nothing to loose and it just might work, if you dig around on the web look for YouTube video on making fork seal cleaning tool out of milk jug and you will find a video how to do it free.
Thank you! I ended use trying this and used and iced coffee cup since I didn't have a milk jug handy. Didn't look like it did anything but went for a very short ride at lunch and it seems to be better. There is just a very very slight leak or its leftover from the dust boot that I didn't clean off completely. At least it will buy some time before I do the seals
May 13th 2016, 08:24 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
35mm film works great for this too (if you're old like me, you probably have some). I just fixed a leak on my SV, which happens to have '07 GSXR600 forks, the other day using this method. I've done it several times. The problem is a piece of dirt gets in the seal and causes the leak, you just need to get it out.
May 14th 2016, 05:26 PM   #12
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodinville

Sweeeeet. Hope it stays dry for you. Pretty neat trick. Hope this helps others as well. I thought it was just us old dogs that knew these old tricks but, Pete knowing proves me wrong. Having 35 mm film doesn't make you old we used to chisel imagines on our cave wall.
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Edited by Jkester92 on May 14th 2016 at 05:29 PM
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