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Old 12-07-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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Nicked a forkleg...

RH side forkleg wont stop leaking,despite new seal...then I noticed a small nick,hopeing fine wet n dry will do the trick...


Yeah,I know,the dust covers are looking a little old too
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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You can hit it with a fine file just to take that edge off to start with too before you sand it. Should buff out ok.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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RH side forkleg wont stop leaking,despite new seal...then I noticed a small nick,hopeing fine wet n dry will do the trick...


Yeah,I know,the dust covers are looking a little old too
I used to get those on my WR 450. just got fine wet and dry and cut 2 to 3cm wide strip long enough to loop around the fork and hold on to with both hands and work back and forth, works a treat and no leaks!.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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You'll be right....that'll buff right out!!!

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:20 PM   #6
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I thought I'd seen this on another forum.
Araldite, epoxy resin, JB weld...

Hope this helps

Here's a link:

http://www.netrider.net.au/threads/a...-forks.135560/
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:48 PM   #7
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So would you sand vertically, horizontally or it wouldn't matter?
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:05 AM   #8
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So would you sand vertically, horizontally or it wouldn't matter?
guessing vertically,noticed today a fine vertical line has appeared near the nick,caught grain of sand??
got distracted sorting out bent rad mounts today thou,bloody TPS died,its all happening lately...
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:31 AM   #9
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When you sand it you ideally want to sand it in a chris cross pattern so that your left with hatching.
If its deep a dab of super glue works well then sand it flush.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:16 PM   #10
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I use a small fine oil stone with a circular pattern. I've had success with epoxy steel if its deep. You can only try.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #11
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How would you repair a small chip in a fork tube...

...that is causing oil to leak past the seal?

I've seen a couple of posts that say use a 2 pack araldite but I've also seen posts that say it doesn't work for long. It's my son's 2011 KX65 that I bought for him a couple of months ago and he will race next season, so I'm hoping someone has a long term solution so I don't have to buy a new tube.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:23 PM   #12
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:47 PM   #13
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Dispite looking trying a dozen different ways I havent found a real way to make a permanent DIY repair. If its a slight nick sometimes a small bit of smoothing helps so that it doesnt leak too much. For deeper nicks/holes I tried most epoxies - sometimes a lot of work for something that lasted a very short time. One thing that seemed to hold in for a while was the 'super glue - steel filler' version to fill the nick/scratch and then slow patient gentle use of wet/dry (I used 600/800 grade gently). I suppose its not too expensive to try - mainly just time so I would give something like this ago before thinking of more expensive options. Let us know how you get on.
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