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i got my dorado rebuilt now its seeping lots of oil

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by marlopez, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. marlopez

    marlopez Monkey

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    i got my 03 dorado rebuilt by manitou at mammoth last weekend. i know the stantions are supposed to be pretty oily. but this thing is seeping soo much oil. from what i understand he gave me new seals too. the fork perfors awesome but so much oil is dripping out. the first ride at mammoth it got all over my rims, brake, splattered all over the downtube and on my legs.
    i just rode today. after putting new brake pads inand every once in a while id have to stop and wipe off the excess oil to prevent it from getting on my brake again.

    so is this normal after a rebuild and will it eventually stop, or is something wrong?
     

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    If that much oil is leaking, I would say that there is something wrong.
     
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    the damping cartidges are sealed inside the right stanchion, so it whould be really difficult for the oil to get out of it.
    it seems to me that they put some oil in the fork legs (just for lubrication) and it's leaking because those seals aren't supposed to hold oil inside the fork, but to protect it from the dust.
     
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    That fork should have damping in both chambers, its TPC+ i believe. And if oil is leaking out of it like that, something is wrong. There should be nowhere near that amount of assembly oil, that is way too much.
     
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    cheack the seals
     
  6. I know sanjay

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    mines done the same thing 3 times, soon the oil will stop and the fork will feel nice and sticky
     
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    what should i be checking the seals for?
     
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    here is what could be happening as ive seen it happen several times

    if your fork didnt have lubrication oil in it before being "rebuilt" then its very likely the seals are destroyed from friction and therefore they wont do much good in terms of keeping the lubrication oil out.

    so, if its leaking from both sides, that might be it, youd have to put new seals in or revert to grease lubrication.
     
  9. marlopez

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    that makes sense beacause before i had been a while since it was serviced before this time. and it is leaking from both sides. but manitou said they gave me new seals. so what the heck? maybe he lied
     
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    Mine does that too but it feels great so I just ran it all season. I would just top up the oil every once in a while as it would slowly leak out..
    I'm sure something is wrong with it but it's a bit more difficult to get it worked on up here as I can't just show up at a race to get it rebuilt, I need to send it away for a few weeks (miss at least 1 race).
     
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    it just leaks onto my brakes. and that definitely sucks while youre riding
     
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    That would suck.. mine leaks out of the right leg so no probs there.
     
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    No, no. Thats too much. Obviously if it's ruining your brake pads that's unacceptable. I had some other problems with my spv dorado, but the guys at manitou treated me right , and they will definitely continue to get my business. I would send it off
     
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    have you lost rebound and compression damping? if so the seals in the tpc+ cart will be dead. if not they prob just put too much or too thin an oil in there.
    check out orvens thread in the mechanic section to find out how to get them sorted
     
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    cant be that as he is getting oil on his brake and the damper is on the opposite side.

    its pretty simple really, the seals arent doing their job, new or not.
     
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    or they put too thin a semi-bath oil in which is unlikely unless the mech was on crack