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Guess I have lost the seals in my forks, reasonable?
 

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  ...........pancakes, and Rabbit fur  can be used to seal those, Right ??     The fluid leak is a sure fire sign...  I know  that Seals, and other older bike parts are becomming less available.. I had a friend re build his  1981 SilverWing  rear fork with seals purchased from a good quality auto machine shop.. SilverDave  /forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif
 

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Guess I have lost the seals in my forks, reasonable?
Brojees, it sounds more like maybe your fork bushings are worn (that might be the clunk) & that allowed the seals to wear, then start leaking.

It would help us help you to know what the clunk sounds like, when it happens, how long the clunk has been there, where the fork oil is leaking from, what bike model you are having the problem with?

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You might get away with just the fork seals and new fluid, but you will be able to inspect the bushes when the forks are split anyway.
 

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Brojees wrote:
Guess I have lost the seals in my forks, reasonable?
Brojees, it sounds more like maybe your fork bushings are worn (that might be the clunk) & that allowed the seals to wear, then start leaking.

It would help us help you to know what the clunk sounds like, when it happens, how long the clunk has been there, where the fork oil is leaking from, what bike model you are having the problem with?

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87 Aspencade 88000 on the clock. The clunk seems to occur when I hit a bump and the front is going up, have not determined exactly where the fluid is coming from. I thought it was brake fluid when I first saw it at a rest stop and it was spun out on the tire as well, but my fluid reservoirs are full.

I have the bike in the garage, but I have been working on the database from hell and have not had the chance to really investigate it properly.
 

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87 Aspencade 88000 on the clock. The clunk seems to occur when I hit a bump and the front is going up, have not determined exactly where the fluid is coming from. I thought it was brake fluid when I first saw it at a rest stop and it was spun out on the tire as well, but my fluid reservoirs are full.

I have the bike in the garage, but I have been working on the database from hell and have not had the chance to really investigate it properly.
Brojees, a clunk while the front forks while extending could easily be the up stops in the fork (or forks). That could be caused by either a loss of fork oil, or a crudded up internal valve, or too much air pressure.

You really need to clean the front end up & watch closely where the fluid is coming from as it could be fork seals (that leak would be higher) or the anti-dive valve(s) leaking, or the lower bolt that holds the forks together leaking & that is at the very bottom of the forks).

If you are now out of fork fluid in one or the other side obviously you will need to add fork oil before it will show you a leak.

If it shows any sign ofthe fork seals leaking probably just pull the forks apart & re-seal them, then check or just replace the slider bushings.

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Upper left only at the dust seal. So I am fairly certain it is seals. As it has run down on my disc pads, looks like I will be replacing those as well. Need to start checking prices for seals and bushings. Any ideas for non Honda replacements?
 

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Brojees, You might try taking a pad to an auto parts store and asking if they can match it.
In the early '80's I replaced the rear pads on my GL1000 at $14 per pad, bought at the local Honda dealer. A month or so later I replaced the front pads on my girl friend's (wife now) '76 Datsun. My, how it looks like I've seen these before! I found the old pads from my bike on the back of the work bench, perfect match! The price, less than $8 for 4 pads.
 

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Oh I have the pad cross reference... In fact I believe I got it right here...?? They are fairly new pads, it is the seals and bushing replacements I am looking for. Thanks..

I will call St Joe Honda for parts and a complete quote as well, they do real reasonable work. Just the drive to get there and I don't want to do any further damage than what I did getting home.
 
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