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post #1 of 6 Old 08-17-2012, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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effects of a blown fork seal? high speed vibrate?

Okay so I have a leaking fork seal and I'm waiting for new ones to come in so I can put them in but I was wondering what the side effects of that may be? I was racing last night and as soon as I hit 110+ I had a weird vibration in the front end and I was wondering if that could be caused by the leaky seal...? If not, what else could it be that's causing the vibe?
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The vibes certainly could be caused by that, but also loose head bearings or brakes. Depending on how much fluid we've lost out of the fork leg, you can have an undamped leg or uneven damping. That will cause some strange handling of the bike.

In addition, oil can get onto the brake disk and pads and cause serious issues there. Oil on the break pads normally requires replacement of those as they can't be cleaned. Worse case would be oil onto the ground in a left hand turn causing the rear tire to slide. Please do not ride the bike any longer until you get it fixed. If you have to ride it to the shop, go slow.

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Its not LEAKING... its wet from the seals going out but they aren't shot!
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so wet isn't leaking? Take it as you want. It seems hearing its unsafe is NOT what you want to hear, but that doesn't change that fact that it isn't safe. Do as you choose, but really you should SLOW down until you can get it properly repaired.

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i really doubt its your seals causing the vibration. your wheel is unbalanced. and yes, just because it was balanced when installed does not guarantee it remain balanced for the life of it. rebalance that wheel.
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Rebalance will happen just as soon as i get my new seals installed. Thanks for your input.

The seals are obviously leaking but its not at the point where im super concerned with it. on a scale of one to ten i'd say the leak is at a one or two... I appreciate your concern and i realize the risks but thats not what i want to discuss in this thread.
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