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    Hi All, Newbie but longtime enthusiast. I picked up a barn find 2008 Royal Star Venture. The last few months have been fun getting her cleaned and tuned. Only 2000 miles and she is a sweet
    riding and fun bike. (Wife Loves this bike) I had tried tuning up the front forks by adding just 5psi to front forks drove for a bit and noticed all my fluid leaking on front fork. I figured there may be debri in seal and was going to try the film or thin plastic trick to clean it out. My thoughts are the air pressure changed recoil travel a bit and dislodged some minute particle that may have been on fork from a long period in outdoor storage. Anyhoo i contacted 2 of my nearest yamaha dealers and they will not work on a bike that's 10 years old.. Should be spanked by their yamaha rep for not honoring an older bike. I know i can still get all parts i need from yamaha so its just a pain that I cannot go to a dealer for repair. Do you all know the easiest way to get to the seals? Thought I could just take off fork covers and check seal. But they are not removable without taking fork completely off. PS the fluid was clean a clear that leaked out. Any advice would be appreciated for sure.

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    Default Re: Need advice on RSV leaking fork seal

    Congrats on the barn find, unfortunately low mile bikes often leak fluids from setting and drying out. Do a search here on the forks, there are several threads on that. Scroll to the bottom of each thread and you'll see similar thread links. Only use OEM parts in the forks, the cheap eBay parts will not hold up.
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    If it is just a little seep, I would ride it some more and see if it stops. Probably not, but free to find out.
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    Default Re: Need advice on RSV leaking fork seal

    I always have great luck with the 35mm film.

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    Default Re: Need advice on RSV leaking fork seal

    Quote Originally Posted by OutKast View Post
    If it is just a little seep, I would ride it some more and see if it stops. Probably not, but free to find out.
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    Default Re: Need advice on RSV leaking fork seal

    How much total pressure di you have in the forks, the front only takes about 4-5lbs if I remember correctly.
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    Default Re: Need advice on RSV leaking fork seal

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcarl View Post
    How much total pressure did you have in the forks, the front only takes about 4-5lbs if I remember correctly.
    Had just under 5psi. didn't notice any real difference 2 up.

    Finally got the fork off. Pretty straight forward but not a quick job. Fork oil had leaked onto pads so will need to change those out. (That's how I first found the leak by the noise of my front pads deteriorating with fork oil.) The fork looks really good and dust cap and seal show now age or cracking. I am getting some film strip and see if we cant make magic happen. Will keep you all posted.

    And thanks for all the response and ideas

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    I guess it is how you define a seep! If it got to the brake pads, probably more than I would call a seep!

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    Default Re: Need advice on RSV leaking fork seal

    I never had a leak on mine. But I tried different fork pressure (I think 7 psi is max aint much) didnt really seem to matter. So I had read a few posts of guys that changed fork oil and went up to next weight. It helped with the ride more than air and I didnt even run air in forks after that. Pretty easy to change fork oil if I remember right. Might be worth a try.
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