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So the other day after my bird strike LOL, when I got home and was over looking the bike for any damage I noticed my fork has like a flim on it that looks wet but its not?? nothing is leaking around the seals i wiped it off and then compressed the front end and it comes back I touched it and its not wet and you cant feel anything on your fingers if ya rub it .. is this anything ?? the left one does it more so than the right one but in older pics I see the right side looks like the left just wanted some input on it?? its not the best pic girlfriend has the good camera so I had to use the cell phone.. thanks
 

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Perfectly normal. The seal and wiper don't take off 100% of the fluid and the film tends to be visible (rainbow) on the coating. It also lets contaminants in, so remember to change your fluid once in a while.
 

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I have an 05 but it looks to me like its the beginning stages of your seal leaking.

I had to have my seals changed on my bike, and now that I have done it,

it's really not that hard and will continue to do my own as needed.

Read all the info you can on changing your seals before attempting yourself.
 

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Its a leak. A small leak. Mine started out the same way. When the leak got bad I went to the dealership( paid for a warranty) they said fork seals are not covered. So out of pocket the seals were like$27 and the labor $350. Now there is no leak or the rainbow look on the forks and the frontend on the bike feels great!!!
 

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My 08 is doing the same thing. Good to know it's NOT covered by the warranty cause I really don't want the dealership f__ing with my bike. Not to bad right now, but i'm sure it will need seals in the future. :thumbsup:
 

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I've got the same thing going on on my 04. Mine doesn't seem as bad as yours but everynow and then I see a light film/rainbow looking coating. I wipe it off and it doesn't feel greasy or anything so idk.
Anyone know for sure if it's normal or early stages of the forks leaking
 

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It is starting to leak. Mine did the same thing. It will be ok for a while but will probably get worse over time.
 

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thats great Just what I dont need to hear.. the start of a problem... I know the left side has more of the film on it than the right side..l I know I dont have the money to fix that now... well Im gonna see if i can get it covered under warranty even though most say no LOL I will call them in the morning and see what they tell me..
 

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Ok well I went back and looked at my pics of my bike and found 2 pics when i still had the stock pipe on it and it was well under 1000 miles in the pic, and the front left fork looks the same as it does now... with the film on it... so if it is a leak it has not gotten to much worse ?? IDK :dontknow: all i know is I hope I dont have to shell out money for this crap now cause i really cant afford it.. I left the pic big so you can see the fork better ??
 

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Try to get it fixed under warranty. If you can't, ride it until the leak gets worse. That light film will not hurt anything.
 

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yeah, im gonna call tomorrow and see if I can get it covered under warranty.. im covered till Sept 18th.. under the factory warranty..
 

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mine too

My right fork looks exactly like your, and it has been that way for awhile. I have to say it hasn't become any worse. Still the same rainbow color film.
 

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If the only problem is the light rainbow film, I would leave it alone (unless you get it fixed under warranty). Don't try the seal saver, it made my leak worse.
 

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yeah I called this AM and its covered under warranty thank god, they have to order the parts and it will be in next week sometime so looks like I will have it in the shop next week for a new seal ....
 

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now I suppose my right seal will start to leak after Sept 18 2009 when my factory warranty is expired LOL... well I just hope I will only have to redo my left front suspension back to my settings I had it at ???
 

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Well I have 11,000 and just did the seals yesterday. The main thing is after every ride is to take a old shirt and cut it up a bit and clean the forks. Small bugs and dirt will get cought and cause this to happen. Then it will turn into a leak for sure. I paid $177 total to have my seals replaced and new Motul oil put in.
 

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congrats what did you tell them?
just called and told them its starting to leak and I wanted it done under my warranty, he said ok and he should have the part early this comming week, I was so glad he said its covered ...
I just hope nothing else gets messed up in the process ...

Well I have 11,000 and just did the seals yesterday. The main thing is after every ride is to take a old shirt and cut it up a bit and clean the forks. Small bugs and dirt will get cought and cause this to happen. Then it will turn into a leak for sure. I paid $177 total to have my seals replaced and new Motul oil put in.
thats not to bad, how long did it take them to do yours?? cause Im gonna hae to sit around and wait for my bike to get done...
 

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Well I got the call telling my new fork seal is in, so looks like Wed will be the day I get it replaced... hopefully all goes well with no problems...
 
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