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I have been experimenting with adding a small amount of ATF on the forks just under the dust covers in hopes of extending the life of the seals and other components at the top portion of the fork assembly. Has anyone tried this and have you noticed any benefit?
 

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If you keep a chunk of cotton material, like a piece of old t-shirt, wrapped around the tube, under the dust cover, it seems to extend the life of the seals.
I agree with this and not with putting oil under the dust seal, it's dirt that eats the seals, not lack of lube and the oil will attract more dirt.
 

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Thanks for the input about the fork seals. I will try putting some cotton cloth wrapped around the fork tube under the dust caps.
 

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Thanks for the input about the fork seals. I will try putting some cotton cloth wrapped around the fork tube under the dust caps.
The cotton trick is just to soak up the oil from leaking seals "Out of sight out of mind." and will do nothing for good seals.
 

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A great habit to clean fork tunes after each ride and I will do that, thanks. I do remember the bikes of the past had the rubber flex boot covering the fork tube to keep them clean.
 

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I have been experimenting with adding a small amount of ATF on the forks just under the dust covers in hopes of extending the life of the seals and other components at the top portion of the fork assembly. Has anyone tried this and have you noticed any benefit?

I did exactly that 6,000 miles ago with this https://www.etsy.com/listing/655109883/vintage-jb-justice-brothers-metal?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_christmas_Art_and_Collectibles&utm_custom1=94a5f6bf-acae-4a1a-95db-ec0eaf59d606&utm_content=go_1707294370_69268675129_331635229824_pla-314954651933_c__655109883&gclid=CjwKCAjw8qjnBRA-EiwAaNvhwJ-vpZ2bB_Nm6WiBfMlX1ysUqkfOgKgpWmFHRE-y30p2FttyMgv3OxoCiwwQAvD_BwE . The seals absorbed the stopleak and there hasn't been a drop leaked since then. And no cotton ball was used
 

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Thanks for another idea I had not thought of is the "Transmission Stop Leak". I assume that conditions the seals to prevent or stop any leaks.
 

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A great habit to clean fork tunes after each ride and I will do that, thanks. I do remember the bikes of the past had the rubber flex boot covering the fork tube to keep them clean.
Like this?
 

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A homemade "Sealmate" from a milk/water container is a great tip. Thanks for that idea too.
 
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