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    2000 R11R Fork leak- not from the seal

    Well, I searched the forum and didn't have much luck finding anything on this. I have replaced the left fork seal twice in as many weeks and it still leaks. I couldn't see any reason why the first new one failed but replaced it anyway.

    I took a short ride this morning and when i got back the oil seems to be coming from the top of the slider at the triple clamp. Am I imagining things or is this possible?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911XD View Post
    Well, I searched the forum and didn't have much luck finding anything on this. I have replaced the left fork seal twice in as many weeks and it still leaks. I couldn't see any reason why the first new one failed but replaced it anyway.

    I took a short ride this morning and when i got back the oil seems to be coming from the top of the slider at the triple clamp. Am I imagining things or is this possible?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
    First, there is an air bleed screw up there with an allen head. Make sure this screw is tight and the little O ring in good condition.

    If all is OK then check the top of the fork, is crimped to the stud assembly. I would expect there to be an O ring in there but there would be no easy way to replace it
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    There is a seal up top, item 4 -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    There is a seal up top, item 4 -
    He said he changed that one twice.
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    Oops, my error - still waiting for the morning caffeine to kick in...
    On the other hand, if the inner bore has a nick or a burr, then a new seal won't fix it.

    The O-ring being item 2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    Oops, my error - still waiting for the morning caffeine to kick in...
    On the other hand, if the inner bore has a nick or a burr, then a new seal won't fix it.

    The O-ring being item 2?
    The small one, yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911XD View Post
    ... the oil seems to be coming from the top of the slider at the triple clamp.
    The top of the slider is not at the triple clamp. Can you describe the location using other words?
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    Yeah, that's what threw me off, too.
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    I understood he means the upper fork cross brace.
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    I apologize for my delayed response.

    I took it all apart and I checked the crimp at the cap at the top of the slider, no evidence of a leak or at the allen screw plug.

    I believe that it was leaking due to a burr on the slider. I'm pretty sure that the wind current was pushing the oil up to the top of the slider and giving the illusion that the oil was leaking at the top. I filed the burr down as smooth as possible and it is now a mild seap rather than a gush.

    I will be checking Ebay for a new slider...

    Thanks for the help!

    -Dave

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