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    So got myself a leaky fork seal, any have any idea what a shop is going to charge to repair?
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    a hell of alot more than doing it yourself


    I'm sure there is alot of how to on the forum

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    Do it your self. Check fork tube makesure you don't have a rock chip in it. Or it will leak.

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    But are there not some special tools that are needed to take the fork apart to get access to the seal? Won't those tools set you back a bit as well? Myself, I also have one that leaks slightly, and not every time I ride it. I am just going to take the forks off and deliver them to my dealer. The cost goes way down when you do that. Done it many times in the past, though not yet on my Nine. Put bike on jack, remove brake calipers, remove front wheel, take forks off and drop them at my dealer. They'll call me when they're done.
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    The bike shop that I go to quoted me about $350 to replacing the seals and upgrading to the Racetech 1.1 fork springs. I bought and used the seal mate tool and my leaking stopped.

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    It's really easy to do with rudimentary tools. I did both of mine a little while ago and the 9 is not that difficult to do on your own. The hardest part for me was to get the bike propped up in the air without a trolley jack in order to remove the from wheel and the forks. I used tripods stands under the foot peg mounts. I also added 50ml more oil than recommended to the forks due to me being a a bit bigger than most guys and also the lowest part on my fork tubes were slightly pitted so I wanted to mitigate fork travel of the seal to the pitted parts to an absolute minimum. Once you have your forks opened, make sure to clean out the tubes properly. If there is the slightest amount of dirt in there, you are most likely going to end up with a leaking seal again soon. Also polish those fork tubes as best possible in order to remove any possible burrs from pitting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waytootall67 View Post
    So got myself a leaky fork seal, any have any idea what a shop is going to charge to repair?
    I did my fork seals over a year ago. Should be able to do both in an evening. I've got all the tools you need.
    Maybe its time to call Bob and have a Calgary get together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG MIKE 109R View Post
    The bike shop that I go to quoted me about $350 to replacing the seals and upgrading to the Racetech 1.1 fork springs. I bought and used the seal mate tool and my leaking stopped.
    But, how much of that $350 was for the new springs? Don't lie to us now, probably better than half. Plus new oil, which you're going to have to buy anyways.

    Just googled the springs, cheapest I could find around $120. And I'm sure if you're buying the springs from the dealer they're closer to $200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy33 View Post
    I did my fork seals over a year ago. Should be able to do both in an evening. I've got all the tools you need.
    Maybe its time to call Bob and have a Calgary get together.
    Regardless it's time for all of us to get together, haven't talked to Bob in a year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbxer55 View Post
    But, how much of that $350 was for the new springs? Don't lie to us now, probably better than half. Plus new oil, which you're going to have to buy anyways.

    Just googled the springs, cheapest I could find around $120. And I'm sure if you're buying the springs from the dealer they're closer to $200.
    I don't know the price of the springs but $350 was the otd price for the job. I have a good rapport with everyone at the shop and the service manager remembered that I bought $1100 in parts when I had my accident so he said he would look out for me with the leak issue. I bought the seal mate tool and the leaking stopped. I let the service manager know and he said that he would honor that price whenever I'm ready.
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    I'm going to have to look into that Seal Mate tool, as I think that is the problem with mine. It's very odd, yesterday set out on a ride. Within five miles, I stopped and wiped off the right fork. Rode over 100 miles after that without one drop showing up. And this is what it always does, leaks during the first few miles, then no more for however long I ride that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbxer55 View Post
    I'm going to have to look into that Seal Mate tool, as I think that is the problem with mine. It's very odd, yesterday set out on a ride. Within five miles, I stopped and wiped off the right fork. Rode over 100 miles after that without one drop showing up. And this is what it always does, leaks during the first few miles, then no more for however long I ride that day.
    Make your own, and be done with it today...

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    I'm headed off to work soon. And Mother Nature has taken care of any possibility of riding through Sunday. So I'll get it done over the weekend, while I will only be able to admire my bike in the garage.
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    If you pressure wash you bike usually, you can force up the dust seal some road crap, and in turn up into the seal, and cause weeping. Seal mate will help, however if you have pitted lower legs, from following to close behind other vehicles, like me, you will need to linish your lower legs, and smooth them out. Cost me, last week, $175 for new seals and dust seals and oil and spacers for more preload , and to clean out and tidy the lowers.....from my Suzuki guys here.

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    Default Change it yourself, if possible

    If you can fix it yourself, that is best. A couple of years ago, my left front seal was leaking (06 M109). In a small town, I only knew of one mechanic - they charged me $300, then the other side began leaking! UGH! I have a 2013 Limited Edition now, and really hope I don't experience that any time soon. Good Luck!

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    If you have a set of plastic casino quality playing cards, you can use one instead of a seal scraper like the seal mate tool to see if you can remove the crud that is causing the leak. Obviously the tool is better but I have had success on one of my other bikes with a playing card. If it works, cool, if not, I would do the rebuild and be done with that leak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stormiezzz View Post
    If you have a set of plastic casino quality playing cards, you can use one instead of a seal scraper like the seal mate tool to see if you can remove the crud that is causing the leak. Obviously the tool is better but I have had success on one of my other bikes with a playing card. If it works, cool, if not, I would do the rebuild and be done with that leak.
    Great idea on the plastic playing cards.
    I've used business cards in the past. Works good enough to get me through a ride until the seals can be changed.
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    I just did the seals on mine Saturday night. I ended up making a fork spring compressor to the tune of $7 with stuff from lowes. I think in total i was in the job about $130ish, parts and oil plus parts to make the spring compressor
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIDMARK View Post
    If you pressure wash you bike usually, you can force up the dust seal some road crap, and in turn up into the seal, and cause weeping. Seal mate will help, however if you have pitted lower legs, from following to close behind other vehicles, like me, you will need to linish your lower legs, and smooth them out. Cost me, last week, $175 for new seals and dust seals and oil and spacers for more preload , and to clean out and tidy the lowers.....from my Suzuki guys here.
    I have never pressure washed my bike, it's never been in a car wash. Wash it at home using low pressure garden hose. And from what I can see examining the fork legs, no pitting. I avoid following too closely behind other vehicles, typically blow by them asap, even over double yellow lines. There's nothing like an 1800 cc motorcycle for passing a bunch of slow pokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbxer55 View Post
    I have never pressure washed my bike, it's never been in a car wash. Wash it at home using low pressure garden hose. And from what I can see examining the fork legs, no pitting. I avoid following too closely behind other vehicles, typically blow by them asap, even over double yellow lines. There's nothing like an 1800 cc motorcycle for passing a bunch of slow pokes.

    I wasnt talking, or quoting you, my info was for others. But OK, good on you.

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    I'm going to try cleaning first and hopes that stops it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waytootall67 View Post
    I'm going to try cleaning first and hopes that stops it.
    Did cleaning your forks stop the leaking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbxer55 View Post
    But are there not some special tools that are needed to take the fork apart to get access to the seal? Won't those tools set you back a bit as well? Myself, I also have one that leaks slightly, and not every time I ride it. I am just going to take the forks off and deliver them to my dealer. The cost goes way down when you do that. Done it many times in the past, though not yet on my Nine. Put bike on jack, remove brake calipers, remove front wheel, take forks off and drop them at my dealer. They'll call me when they're done.
    Heres the tool i made to compress the spring, this is the only specian tool you really need.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG MIKE 109R View Post
    Did cleaning your forks stop the leaking?
    Tried it, road about 20 km, clean...was happy, next day little drop on the garage floor, now sad again.
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    here's mine. Not as nice as what Javier made, but it's functional. Aside from having to drill the holes for the bolts, i had to enlarge the top hole so i could get it on and off with the fork cap. I think i was about $10 in parts from Lowes. I used 2 nuts on each bolt to keep the bolts from moving around. I'm gonna improve it by putting in some threaded inserts

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