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    Fox float forx oil leak

    Hi - I've got moderate amounts of oil coming out of the top of both legs of my 2004 fox float forx rl's. Should it be simply a matter of changing the oil and seals or is it likely something more serious? I've maintained them myself, changing oil and seals every 12-18 months, and they're due a change now, but haven't leaked oil out like this before...

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    Change the seals and inspect the stanchions below the seal area for damage. This is normal when the seals are worn out.
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    seal change

    Quote Originally Posted by SSBonty
    Hi - I've got moderate amounts of oil coming out of the top of both legs of my 2004 fox float forx rl's. Should it be simply a matter of changing the oil and seals or is it likely something more serious? I've maintained them myself, changing oil and seals every 12-18 months, and they're due a change now, but haven't leaked oil out like this before...

    Ian
    Time to service the fork and change seals. Everyone rides different so some riders can get years on a set of seals, some 6 months. 12-18 months is fairly normal unless you only ride once a week for a few summer months. Time for an oil change and deep cleaning, and new seals. Have you been using Fox seals or Enduro?
    Enduro seals do a better job at keeping dirt out and holding the oil in than Fox OE seals. Not sure which seals you have replaced with before???
    Fox was allowing dust seal warranty of only 90 days last I knew,.....if I'm not mistaken Enduro gives a 1 year seal warranty??? The clear choice is Enduro.
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    Thanks for the replies, got some Enduros on order now from the States so will stick them in when they come. What kind of damage should I look for, and is it a serious problem?

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    Just check the stanchions for serious scratching or wear. I've seen several forks where the customer failed to perform routine maintenance and the forks either ran dry or were packed with mud. Every time the fork moved, the grit would slide between bushing and stanchion and cause further damage. These forks had more play than normal and were more likely to leak in the future, assuming that the crown-steerer assembly was not replaced. Sounds like you''ve been keeping on top of service so you probably won't have this problem.

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