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honda for me, not too exp. and worked well. mho
 

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To answer your question would require having used both OEM and after market seals.

I am unable to answer your question as I have never used after market seals.

Maybe the other posters have used both seals "or are they just telling you what they use". If so, sorry they did not answer your question.

He asked for a comparison folks........!!
 

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Nope....... he's asking what to use. Not for a comparison. Some things you are better off with OEM.... fork seals are one of them.
 

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Looks like we intrepret his message differently.

Lets ask Garider what he wants to know....! Comparison or what folks are using.
 

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I have aftermarket seals in my 1500, been holding the oil in for two or three years now. I've used OEM seals on a GL1100 and really didn't see much difference, they both were black rubber and did the job intended. The important thing with any seal is to lubricate it and any part it has to slide over with whatever fluid it will be retaining and to prevent the seal lip from sliding over anything sharp or rough. If you slide one over something with splines, threads or grooves it's best to tape those areas over first with one layer of masking tape.
 

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DBohrer is correct. I was asking for a comparison and truthfully one cannot compare if they haven't used OEM and aftermarket. I agree that OEM seals are superior products and I have used them before, but I have also used aftermarket seals. Actually we use aftermarket seals 90% of the time on our MX forks.

I am considering the use of the "Leak-Proof" brand that can be installed without the use of a driver. They've been around since the 70's, surely folks have had good success with them?
 

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I have bought both OEM and aftermarket from Parts Unlimited, the seals are identical. I examined them with a magnifying glass, the markings are exactly the same.
 

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OK............... I'll just go stick my nose in the corner of the room for a while. My bad......
 

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I have had good results with bikemaster from bike bandit.
 

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I ordered a set of Leak Proofs tonight. I'll be sure to report back on how easy (or not)they are to install and how well they seal. Fall is here and I'm ready to ride!
 

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For what it is worth ,in the Shop where I work they always use aftermarket seals and not one bike has ever come back with a leak in over 10 years , ,CIARAN
 

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Garider wrote:
I ordered a set of Leak Proofs tonight. I'll be sure to report back on how easy (or not)they are to install and how well they seal. Fall is here and I'm ready to ride!
Even the leak proof seals will leak if your fork tubes have any defects in the surface.
 

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I have Leak-Proof seals in my 1100 and they were very easy to install. Been in there for 4 years with no problems. Dwight
 

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DaveO430 wrote:
Garider wrote:
I ordered a set of Leak Proofs tonight. I'll be sure to report back on how easy (or not)they are to install and how well they seal. Fall is here and I'm ready to ride!
Even the leak proof seals will leak if your fork tubes have any defects in the surface.
I agree - No doubt about it. So far I have seen no defects to be concerned with. I purchased the Leak Proof brand for ease of use (no driver needed). They are in the mail as we speak.




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I have Leak-Proof seals in my 1100 and they were very easy to install. Been in there for 4 years with no problems. Dwight
Thanks delak!
That's what I wanted to hear. I hope to receive them by the weekend, and install them asap.
 

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I've had great success with these Leak Proof fork Seals they are only leak proof if installed correctly:DI found that out the hard way:cheeky1:
Ride Safe, Ray:waving:
 

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OK............... I'll just go stick my nose in the corner of the room for a while. My bad......
me to:(
 
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