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    Hey all
    I have noticed that the front suspension seems to be leaking fluid on the right hand side arm. IV Googled the issue and seen that the solution could be/hopefully is a simple as cleaning the seal.

    Can you use any plastic in this process so long as it's a similar thickness as the 7 pound tool you can buy.

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    Default Re: Leaking front suspension

    Assuming you've got a leaking fork seal, replace the fork seal or pay someone to do it, it's not difficult and should take about an hour.

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    It wouldn't hurt to try and hook any dirt or grit out with a piece of plastic. You can use the plastic phone covers, old camera film, or anything of similar thickness and stiffness.

    Often though, the seals will have failed. It's not a very big job to change seals but a beginner may not wish to do it himself.

    If the legs are rusty, it's a more expensive issue

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    Default Re: Leaking front suspension

    Feeler gauges will do the job.

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    Default Re: Leaking front suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by a_morti View Post
    It wouldn't hurt to try and hook any dirt or grit out with a piece of plastic. You can use the plastic phone covers, old camera film, or anything of similar thickness and stiffness.

    Often though, the seals will have failed. It's not a very big job to change seals but a beginner may not wish to do it himself.

    If the legs are rusty, it's a more expensive issue

    i can back this one up, cut a suitable shape from a takeaway container, smoothed off the edges and ran it up around the seal.

    no more leak

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    Cheers for all the answers will bare it in mind in the future. Unfortunately the bike had to go back, once the fuel tank started leaking as well. It was a Chinese bike brought from a dodgy dealership.... Lesson learned

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    If they took it back, maybe they weren't so dodgy?

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