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View Results: Do/did your fork seals leak?
Nope, dry as a bone 34 62.96%
0-100 miles they leaked 9 16.67%
100-1000 miles they leaked 10 18.52%
over 100 miles they leaked 1 1.85%
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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2013-14 Fork Seal Leakage

Been reading a few posts here and there that make mention of the WP forks leaking and have heard of some sitting on the showroom floor with some weapage with zero miles, so was wondering how many have experienced some sort of leaking or some seapage, even if you "fixed" it be scraping the fork seal.

How many miles approximately on the bike when forks were leaking?

This is ONLY in regards to the 13 and newer WP forks. If you have an older bike, you can start your own thread ;)
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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Where would one see leakage/seepage? I do notice a little bit of grimy dirt happening that I clean once a week or so around the absolute base of the fork - kind of where it connects into the hub.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:03 PM   #3
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Mine leaked I fixed it in 5 minutes with some 35mm film and WD-40
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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Mine leaked I fixed it in 5 minutes with some 35mm film and WD-40
What? What the heck is going on here?
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:44 AM   #5
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I voted dry, but I DID have a leak at around 2000km, traced it to a decent piece of grit lodged up under the seal. Cleaned it out, new LHS seal and both sides dry as at 8500km. I had Kreiga neoprene covers on too
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:44 PM   #6
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My friends 2013 F800GS also leaked real bad, I helped him fix it by drinking beer and talking a lot while he did the actual work. On his we used a Sealmate instead of 35mm film.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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2013. Leaked, and I mean dripped out well over a tablespoon after my first long ride. At 2k miles dealer replaced under warranty. Ridden about 400 miles since. Look good and dry thus far.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #8
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Leaking Forks

My left fork is leaking. Laid a puppy pad down under the fork and after a few days it was pretty saturated. Currently at the dealer waiting for seal replacement.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:34 PM   #9
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Stupid question but, the leak will trickle down the shock and down onto the hub, right? ... or does the leak happen right at the base where it connects to the hub?
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:54 PM   #10
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it'll come from the seal and run down the shiney bit to the base of the fork and probably pool up there, and if bad enough, will blow back onto the caliper, or drip off the bottom where the pinch bolts are.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:22 AM   #11
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it'll come from the seal and run down the shiney bit to the base of the fork and probably pool up there, and if bad enough, will blow back onto the caliper, or drip off the bottom where the pinch bolts are.
Ah, makes sense thanks.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #12
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Well, based on this, probably a third of the bikes leaked.

that's WAY too many, I'd say BMW/WP have a problem they should look into.

I wish they didn't use such a freaking weird size seal. BMW is the only place you can get them.

And to all the people that comment "Just fix it and ride" yeah, that's all good and well, but if you're out in BFE and the seal decides to do more than just leak a bit and decides to blow completely, good luck trying to stop as your brakes get douched with fork oil.

I think I could live with a 3 or 5% failure, not this much. How long before they leak again?

BTW, I'm hearing that more often than not, BMW has zero inventory in the US because they keep flying off the shelves....wonder why?
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:45 PM   #13
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Hi there guys .. Luqman here from Singapore .. My right fork has leaked twice and I am getting very worried .. First time when it blew was due to hitting a high curb so I thought yeah maybe, second time it leaked again cos I bottom out the fork during an off road session in Malaysia, endau rompin .. Is it normal ??.. Is there a cartridge kit or spring replacements for the 2013 models ?..
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:22 PM   #14
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Mine leaked the first few hundred miles (a couple rides). About a tablespoon after each ride from the left fork. No leakage since but I gotta replace the marshmallows with some real springs & oil or pull the trigger on Konflicts !
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:12 PM   #15
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250 miles on the bike, both seals showed a decent ring of oil, only one side was enough to have a little pooling. Stopped by the dealer today to enquire, they took a quick look, checked their stock on seals, and said drop it off tomorrow for replacement under warranty.
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