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Old 23rd September 2010
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Alright i took my fork sliders off my 74 they are kayaba's when i reinstalled them they are leaking from the top of the sliders, the seals looked good when they were off the weird thing is they keep leaking when the bike is just sitting there for a few mins???? i didnt use a "fork filler can" like the manual says cuz almost everyone i talk to says to just pour the oil in. i put the right amount in...what is going on is there air trapped in there..would water in there from when i rinsed themout causing it???
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You used Water????

Bad idea take them to bits wash them out with a good quality diesel or other cleaner dry fully and try again
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If you put water in there, you need to get it out. If it were me, I'd disassemble, clean and dry the parts and reassemble. Optionally, you could try rinsing with a water miscible solvent to get rid of the water, but I think you want something that has a greater water carrying capacity than diesel. The problem with rinsing, is that the solvent may destroy your seals. Diesel may not get rid of all the water. Disassemble, clean, and dry is your best option.
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