Anyone Ever Use Seal Mate? : Technical Tips, Tricks & Maintenance

Have a leaky seal – noticed oil around some small tears in my fork boot and then noticed it was dripping down the fork. Was thinking I need to completely rebuild shocks – about 12K on bike and I ride extremely hard but only weigh 170 lbs.



Anyhoo…I saw something called Seal Mate on eBay. Anyone ever use this? For under $10 I think I have to try it…but was interested to see in anyone used with success on the DR?



http://sealmate.net/



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interesting and simple. Similar to using the old 35mm film negative trick to clean and reset the seals. Not bad, especially for the price. I may have to pick up a coulple for that cheap price to throw into the tool tube.



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Yeah, my impulsiveness sucks, I ordered 2, not bad for under $10 shipped.



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These work, as does the film. Definitely a good thing to try IMO before tearing the forks apart to fix.






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If the seal thing or 35mm film don't fix it you'll need to put new seals in the forks. I would recommend OEM seals and don't forget new bushings while you are at it, also buy a seal driver.






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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:11 pm

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Yeah, my impulsiveness sucks, I ordered 2, not bad for under $10 shipped.



Funny! Hope they work for you! With that price really who cares!?



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These work, as does the film. Definitely a good thing to try IMO before tearing the forks apart to fix.



Thanks for the endorsement, I called my local shop here and they have them in stock so think I'll run over grab on and give it a whirl.



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If the seal thing or 35mm film don't fix it you'll need to put new seals in the forks. I would recommend OEM seals and don't forget new bushings while you are at it, also buy a seal driver.



Yeah, part of me just wants to do this to freshen up the forks and great excuse to upgrade springs – I just don't have the extra time and money right now so hoping this gets me through maybe until Winter?





Also, another question – regarding oil leakage – hard to say how much but definitely oozing down the fork and some real small pool at caliper – how much oil can I lose and still be ok?



Thanks!!



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Quick update, finally got around to working on my forks today with the Seal Mate. Had pretty good leak down left fork with small puddle on garage floor after 2 weeks of sitting .



After using the Seal Mate and pumping the forks as hard as I could for 30 seconds or so three or four times… I don't see any oil coming out any longer. Haven't been out riding yet…hoping it's all fixed…will provide an update later.



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Definately give us an update!



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oasiscraze wrote:

Definately give us an update!



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Sorry been busy and forgot to provide an update for this.



Used the seal mate on my fork and it really did work well. I put it through the ringer on one ride shortly after and did have a wee bit o oil leaking but nuthin compared to what was coming out before. I need to rebuild the forks and nothin's gonna fix it right except that but it did really help and will get me through the Summer!



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