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less than forty hours on a 2012 450x and the left fork seal is weeping. no crashes riding or smashes in the garage. Honda quality? whats the deal? not thrilled.

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 While certainly there is always the chance of a defective seal, chances are you just got some dirt up in there.

 

 If you can find a thin flexible piece of plastic lying around (something like a piece of photo film), you wrap that around the fork leg and then work it up under the seal to push the dirt out.

 

 If it turns out to be that, and this happens frequently, you might want to consider buying seal savers.

 

Jim.

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You could have pit on the fork tube cutting the seal, grit under the wiper and seal, mis-aligned front axle causing premature wear, etc.

 

Gotta get down on the floor and take a look to really know.

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mis-aligned front axle

 

 That's an excellent point; has the front wheel been off recently?  If so, the tubes may not be aligned and twisted, which could cause seals to weep.

 

Jim.

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Lets just give it the benefit of the doubt and say it has 40 hrs.

How long are fork seals supposed to last on a dirt bike?

Do you ever ride behind anyone or catch an roost?

It is a 2012 so it is about 3 years old as it was probabally made in 2011.

I just replaced the seals on my bike maybe 25 hours ago and now one is fully blown out. Im not trippin. It happens. It is a dirtbike.

You should go to the dealer you bought it at and make a huge deal about this. Demand satisfaction and a warranty on the seals as they are practically still new.

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Not to mention... It's a SHOWA fork and not a Honda fork! So that has nothing to do with Honda anyway.  But yeah, that's not uncommon on any bike... use SealSavers, it'll help keep debris out of the seals.

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Not to mention... It's a SHOWA fork and not a Honda fork! So that has nothing to do with Honda anyway.  But yeah, that's not uncommon on any bike... use SealSavers, it'll help keep debris out of the seals.

 

Showa is owned, funded, and supported by Honda enginnering.....since 1981....

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thanks for the constructive replies and especially the snide remarks. buy the buy,  whoever Honda contracts to build their suspension as with all other parts they sub out to, they still fall under the Honda quality umbrella. just saying.

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Showa is owned, funded, and supported by Honda enginnering.....since 1981....

According to Showa's own 2013 financial report, and the stock market, Honda owns 25,447,856 shares for an investment ration of 33.48% of Showa.  So yes, they own some of Showa, but they don't own Showa or a controlling interest :)  At any rate, can't blame Honda for leaky motorcycle fork seals.  I haven't seen all motorcycle forks with seals, but certainly all the ones I've seen have been capable of having leaky seals. 

To the OP, try using Seal Savers or the like to help increase the life of your seals...

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Your bike sitting in your stand st home for long periods of time is the worst thing for your seals! As far as seal savers, weight the risks vs. benefit. Seal Savers will wear your inner fork tubes and scratch them when sands gets in there. They also absorb oil and hide blown seals, which allows increase wear on your bushings. Replaces your seaks and wipers and call it good. Seals and wipers are consumable goods. Inner fork tubes are not.

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Your bike sitting in your stand st home for long periods of time is the worst thing for your seals! As far as seal savers, weight the risks vs. benefit. Seal Savers will wear your inner fork tubes and scratch them when sands gets in there. They also absorb oil and hide blown seals, which allows increase wear on your bushings. Replaces your seaks and wipers and call it good. Seals and wipers are consumable goods. Inner fork tubes are not.

x2 Im not a fan of the sealsavers.

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SKF Lip Seals for the win. they have these Heavy Duty Double Lipped wipers. No leaks so far after a year. fingers crossed.

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I've heard about the double-lipped seals. I've gotten pretty good at changing them from doing it so often. Motion Pro sells the special tools you need.

 

RZ Rob

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