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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Blown right fork seal

Anyone have experience with blown fork seals on the s3? The right one is weeping a fair bit, I can only assume its from dropping the front end after wheelies. I've replaced alot of Dirtbike seals, I'd assume its exactly the same procedure, but what I'm asking is can I get away with simply cutting and tightening the seals spring ring? Any advice is good Advice thanksBlown right fork seal-imageuploadedbymo-free1353885791.121913.jpg


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If I were going to the trouble of dismanteling it, I'd replace the seal.
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Take it into the shop, tell them it is leaking, don't mention anything about wheelying. Get it fixed under warranty, as i see it is an '11.
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I called the dealer up, their response; triumph doesn't honor fork seals under warranty as its possible they were damaged from wheelies. I didn't mention anything about wheelies either. Oh well.


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I got mine replaced under warranty, but it was very low K's on the bike so it was justified imo
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I called the dealer up, their response; triumph doesn't honor fork seals under warranty as its possible they were damaged from wheelies. I didn't mention anything about wheelies either. Oh well.


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My dealer never asked me whether or not I had any hard landings when I took my 2011 in for the very same reason. They simply put the repair through under warranty as a latent manufacturing defect and fixed me right up. I have been extremely pleased with the outstanding customer service I have been getting from my local Triumph Service department. Head lights, fork seal and just recently my rear axle and bearings had an issue and they fixed me right up.

It is somewhat involved to DIY and some special tooling required.

If it were me I would ask them again.

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Go to another dealer.
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Seals will run you about $30 for the pair. If you're just doing the one, you can be done in under an hour...with the right tools.

I'd definitely recommend a full fluid swap while you're in there (in the least). I had some S3 forks come in two weeks back that had a leaky seal. We also did a full revalve, which helped, because there was more gunk in there than I have ever seen. Out of all the suspensions we've had apart, Triumph's forks vary the most in terms of cleanliness. Doesn't matter if it's Showa or Kayaba...

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