Intro by Chris Denison · Video by Scott Smith · Wrench Spinning by Scot Gustafson
Leaky fork seals are, for lack of a better description, a royal pain in the neck. The most common ailment to plague front suspension, a leaky fork seal can ruin your day by affecting your bike’s handling, covering your front brake pads in oil and generally just making a total mess of things. Most of the time a leaky fork seal is the result of dirt inside of the seal, but it can also be caused by a nick or ding in the fork tube from an impact with a rock or stick. But no matter what the cause, a weeping fork seal needs to be fixed, and oftentimes that means tearing into the suspension and changing the seal out. Fortunately, this isn’t as difficult as you may think.
Dirt Rider tech guru Scot Gustafson (the man behind the Dr. Dirt tech stories here on www.dirtrider.com) insists that changing afork seal is easy enough for most riders to do in their own garage. To help prove his point, we filmed Scot changing a fork seal in the Dirt Rider tech center and explaining step-by-step how he completes this job. You might want to bookmark this video for reference because someday, no matter if you ride motocross or off-road, you’re going to need to address this issue!
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email Dr. Dirt at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Dr. Dirt. Enjoy!