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#1 Studley Ramrod

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:35 pm

Bike's been stood for 6 months and I've noticed today a smear of fork oil on both forks. Nothing more than the slightest residue really. Seems really odd that both forks are the same and I'm wondering if the seals might have dried slightly ?

 

Also, anyone know if it'd be an MOT fail, there's no real amount of oil there, just a light residue.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:43 pm

Depends on how fastidious your tester is Studders, but leaky seals are a fail.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:59 pm

Prolly just from standing. Some peeps have had good luck with running a little tool round the seal... Or improvised with a milk bottle. That might learn em.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:31 pm

Never used em as me old knackered forks are STILL going without leaks.... But summat loike this SR

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Pop or milk cartoon will print do same thing.
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:36 am

I saw the video of some guy using one of them on his totally knackered Harley, didn't work at all, but wasn't really meant to as the forks had no seals in 'em. :lol:

 

Think you might be right with it just standing, I'll keep an eye on 'em.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:44 am

I saw the video of some guy using one of them on his totally knackered Harley, didn't work at all, but wasn't really meant to as the forks had no seals in 'em. :lol:

 

Think you might be right with it just standing, I'll keep an eye on 'em.

me tinks if ya cud take her somewhere to a private closed road and ride it around some it may re-invigorate the seals with some movement and they may reseal.  good shout regarding the plastic milk carton.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:12 pm

I've been pumping the front end a few times over the past 24hrs and the residue seems to be almost gone now. :)  A proper ride would help though.  Might chance my arm and see if it'll pass the mot.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:28 pm

whas the deal if yer boike has a loight fork oil mist visible but only you know about it as there are fork gaiters covering it up,  are the MOT tester meant to lift the gaiters and check the forks fer leakage?


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:21 pm

Tester not allowed to lift gaiters if secured total no no.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:22 pm

Forks or fork yoke:
fractured, insecure, excessively deformed or excessively corroded
Major
in such a condition that steering control is adversely affected
Dangerous
Forks or fork yoke with an unsafe modification
Major

No I don't think they would be expected to remove gaiters in the same way not expected to remove engine trays/covers.

They can cover themselves by stating item not visible.

Either way I reckon SR will be fine for MOT test regarding forks.
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 05:41 pm

Forks or fork yoke:
fractured, insecure, excessively deformed or excessively corroded
Major
in such a condition that steering control is adversely affected
Dangerous
Forks or fork yoke with an unsafe modification
Major

No I don't think they would be expected to remove gaiters in the same way not expected to remove engine trays/covers.

They can cover themselves by stating item not visible.

Either way I reckon SR will be fine for MOT test regarding forks.


S'right....my tester says they can't move gaitors to inspect forks. S'prise to me but hey.
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:37 pm

A small amount of Kitchen roll under dust seal has been known
to get a dodgy seal through an MOT


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