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i have noticed a red fluid on the ground beneath my left front fork. it appears to be the shock oil rather than brake fuid. any idea whats required to repair and guess as to cost.
 

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Buy the service manual and order new seals. It doesn't look difficult to replace them in my service manual. Just time involved in dissasembly and re-assembly. (My guess is 5-6 hours the first time)
My guess for a dealer to do it would be $300+
 

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If it is the shock repair it quickly. I ruined a tire in a very short
time riding on one bad shock. (The tire will wear out quickly on
one side with a lot of chopping.)
The dealer will suggest replacing both of them. (Bullfiddle)
Much of their cost will be in removing the tire. Remove the tire
& the shock yourself & if you can't (or don't want to) repair it
just take the shock into the dealer. (Be sure to carefully clean the
fork leg or it may just cut the seal again.)
The next time I do one I am going to add a dust shield to help
protect the seal.
The cost to repair one shock off my bike was about $100.00.
On the bike & doing both shocks will be at least $300.00.
Sone mechanics will even suggest replacing the fork legs & the price
really soars then.
 

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Fork seals

We have some local shops that will change out fluid and seals fairly cheaply if you walk in and hand them the forks. These are the same outfits that will put on a new tire and ballance it cheaply if you walk in and hand them the wheel.

Most of the expense is getting the forks off the bike. The seals and oil isn't too big of a deal. Ask around at your local shops for prices.
 
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