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post #1 of 23 Old 03-24-2010, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Cause of Blown Fork Seal - 2006

So I have a blown fork seal on a 2006 zx10. My question is why would this happen on a bike with an indicated >4500 mi. I bought the bike from someone who had purchased it from a motorsports auction. At the time I bought it I was very excited and blinded by the fact that it was a zx10 although it was given an amateur check over. Bouncing the front suspension did not cause any visable leaks. Anyways long story short less than a thousand miles into owning the bike I am leaking fork oil. What would cause this? Has anyone else had this problem? I am worried I have a slightly bent left fork though the alignment seems good.
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Maybe a dumb question but do you wheelie the bike a bit? if so how hard do you come down sometimes? i have known guys in the past who did alot of travel on one wheel but weren't too good at setting it back down softly AND had their rebound set stiff as hell which caused more than 1 set of blown seals. or they could just be old?
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for wheelies causing them to leak, I had a seal leak on my 08 and I rode a few wheelies, but after looking at some pics I think it started leaking soon after I bought it... maybe just a bad seal?? anyways get some new ones and no more wheelies... thats my 2cents...
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Strapped down to much in the back of a pickup? Forks need to be able to move
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It's fairly common with the 10's just replace the seal and ride it.
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Also, I have had this problem... since I bought a set of 06 forks used at one oint in time and I just threw them on the bike and left it alone...

who ever I bought them from had the compression and rebound setting adjusted to the max on the left side... made my left seal blow out :-(
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I've made the front end power up a few times up and then immediatly back down. The last time ,3 days or so before I noticed it was leaking, I did come down a bit hard though striaght and slamed my junk into the tank. It was more accidental then anything else we are talking a very small wheelie like an 8:30 oclock. I haven't intentionaly tried to wheelie the bike yet if that says anything. Another thing even if it's a stupid question is why would my left seal go and my right one be fine?
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Thanks appreciate the info i'm kinda worried i may have bought a bike with a slightly bent left fork I was (and still am a bit) thinking that could of caused the seal to blow. I really can't afford a new fork right now hoping a seal will take care of it.
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I have a set of stock 06-07 forks freshly rebuilt for sale if you need them. I was asking about $200 so keep it in mind :-)
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Strapped down to much in the back of a pickup? Forks need to be able to move
I did just bring the bike from MA to FL and then back a week later in the bed of a truck. The front tire was in a wheel chock and the bike was tied down with ratcheting straps tightly as we did not want it moving around in the 1200 mi.
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