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    Leaky Maverick fork seals

    Anyone else have a Maverick fork with leaky seals? Pain in the butt yuk.

    I bought the SC32 used off ebay, it looked good when I bought it, so I changed the oil inside & left the original seals (I know, should have known better right?)....So it was only a couple weeks before it was leaking & got all over my front brake pads.

    Rebuilt the fork & put on new seals (seller included a rebuild kit, looks like it had sit on a shelf for years...a bit dusty)....sure enough another month or so later & these seals are leaking all over my front caliper again.

    Got some Enduro seals on the way so hopefully this will fix it for good!

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    Had the left seal pop off on a ride in mine's 3rd season. I sent it to the factory for full service, no prob's since. One of they're employee's (forget his name but it's on a thread on here somewhere- I think "Maverick closes shop"??) was pledging to continue offering service.

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    Sometimes they leak/blow seals if the air chamber isn't sealed well. Air leaking out creates pressure behind the seal and causes leaks or blows the seal off.

    Suspension Experts works on Maverick forks, and makes an aluminum seal head that keeps the seals from blowing:
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    Yep...

    The seals on my fork are leaking a tiny bit as well.
    And i have been thinking on getting the the alu seal heads as well.
    I got mine brand new last year and have not been using it that long.

    Maybe you should contact Ethan ?
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    If the enduro seals work as well as the ones I have on my fox then I'll be happy. At least these are way forks to work on.

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    Keep us posted on the Enduro seals if you will.....

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    I'd get the aluminum seals from Sex. Last I talked to him (+1 year) he thought the market was saturated, and might be phasing them out.

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    Installed the enduro seals yesterday & went for a ride last night. Got about 20 mile ride in, all singletrack. Lower parts of fork are bone dry. Yay!

    Seriously, my entire caliper/pads were covered in fork oil before, what a pain. Had to burn the oil off the brake pads, clean everything again, & re-bed them in. Hopefully the new seals will prevent this in the future.
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    Where did you get them ?
    I went on leisurely a 15mile ride along the river today mostly paved with some dirt.
    And i noticed it was leaking more then i was thinking in the first place.

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    I just order them from real world cycling, enduroseals.com , usually on par with pricing compared to other places, that way you will always get the newest version of seals. They are a 2 piece, oil seal and separate dust wiper compared to the stock ones.

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    Thank's for the info !!
    I will order a set tomorow.

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    Well, i ordered as set and installed them and they were still leaking !
    I already ahd checked the stanchions and internal surfaces of the legs, and they were as smooth as a baby's bottom.
    So got in touch with Ethan F and i ordered :

    Fork service kit with O-rings and seals.
    Alu sealheads. (will be re-anodised in black)
    Air volume reducer.
    Internal floating piston.
    And stainless links for the QR dropouts to replace the weaker alu ones.

    I hope i have the oppurtunity to get to work on it in the near future.
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    Lots of toys! Sweet!

    Let me know about the old seals when you pull it apart. Curious which way you had the spring facing, as I've never seen enduro seals leak so quickly.

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    Will do !
    I thought to myself that i might as well do it right this time and tune the fork a bit more for my heavy ass.

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    I had to reseal mine this spring after 4 years so I have no complaints. Its the easiest fork to rebuild I have ever seen.

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    You are right on that one, it's so damn easy to work on.
    If i can find some time, i will probably take a swing at it tomorow.

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    great thread, exactly the info I was looking for! My SC32 just started leaking horribly for the first time in a few years....

    Anyone have any rebuild tips for a first timer on this fork? Fluid?
    Also, is it possible to make fork more rideable in lowered setting without all the clacking?
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    You don't always have to replace fork seals. Sometimes it's just a particle trapped rather than seal damage.

    There's an old dodge you can try and you don't even have to remove the forks.

    Or you can buy this Sealmate device which is a commercial adaptation of the old dodge.
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    yeah, I have an old sealmate laying around I had for my MX bikes... thought it might be a bit rough on the mtb forks though...


    ...anyway, tried contacting MTB Susp. Experts about purchasing their parts, but they informed me they do not sell them separately, only offer them along with a rebuild.
    So, for now I'm going with the Enduro seals as I needed them by this weekend for a big ride planned.
    ...guess I'll probably just end up using some 5wt oil I have left over from my dirt bike too...?
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    Contact Ethan F for the original parts and aftermarket parts.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/maverick/mave...es-762863.html

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    We'll, I blew a seal today! Luckily at the end of my ride, less than a mike from the truck.
    Cleaned everything well, reassembled, refilled with fork oil. Will be back out tomorrow, hope it holds up.

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    Damn, that sucks.
    Good thing you were near your truck when it happend.

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    Blew the other side seal today! Sheesh!....

    So how do these other seal heads work? Something inside that helps keep the oil seals from blowing out??....

    I'm about to start a lefty budget at this rate lol...

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    They look the stock ones, only in alu
    I still have to get them anodised before i install the kit, so i can't tell you more about it yet...

    When i'm gonna swap out the parts, i will take pics of the whole lot side by side.

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    So did you already had a chance to fix your problem ?

    I still haven't had the opurtunity to go ahead with mine.
    This has a lot to do with the company that i found to do the anodising being closed for the summer holidays.
    (It's a small local company with a handfull of employees)
    Next week they are open for business again, and hopefully i can rebuild the fork real soon.

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    Something for you Maverick owners to consider - you can swap the spring and compression internals so the air spring is on the left (i.e. non brake) side. Not a long term solution, but at least when/if your seals blow, you won't foul your brake rotor and pads. As others have noted, the forks are alarmingly simple to work on, so it is worth the extra step next time you have it torn down. Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwater View Post
    Something for you Maverick owners to consider - you can swap the spring and compression internals so the air spring is on the left (i.e. non brake) side. Not a long term solution, but at least when/if your seals blow, you won't foul your brake rotor and pads. As others have noted, the forks are alarmingly simple to work on, so it is worth the extra step next time you have it torn down. Best of luck!
    Not sure that would help, I've had both sides blow out, and there is about 7 - 10 ml fork oil for lubrication on both sides, that is what can contaminate the brakes.

    Since my original two blow outs, I put the enduro seals back in without any grease, and things have been OK since. We'll see how long it lasts.

    Fork seems to get a bit more squishy when temps are in the 90's lately. odd

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