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    Fork tube issue.

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    While giving the bike a clean I noticed a very small nick in one of the chrome sliders. Don't know how long it's been there and there's no sign of a leak yet but should I be concerned about it or as it's very small, see how it goes? Any advice is much appreciated,
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    How far down is it? As long as it's not extremely deep and dosent have a sharp bur I wouldn't worry about it unless it starts leaking

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    Quote Originally Posted by RideRed View Post
    How far down is it? As long as it's not extremely deep and dosent have a sharp bur I wouldn't worry about it unless it starts leaking
    It's about 50mm below the seal. It's not visible in normal daylight but I was using an LED light in the garage which is a bad idea as it highlights every detail. If you run a finger nail over it, it's just about noticeable. Hopefully it won't be an issue. Thanks for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucksie View Post
    All,
    While giving the bike a clean I noticed a very small nick in one of the chrome sliders. Don't know how long it's been there and there's no sign of a leak yet but should I be concerned about it or as it's very small, see how it goes? Any advice is much appreciated,
    Thanks
    I had the same tucksie - stone chip which can just be bad luck - however, I had my forks serviced re-valved and re-sprung and the suspension house polished the sliders ? (they must have been within tolerance - the nick had gone) - total job £300 but came with a full service and fork upgrade.

    If it's any consolation I like you was worried, but in the time the nick was there, no issues or leaks whatsoever - just keep the leg and forks clean and I'm sure it will be ok...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sovrec View Post
    I had the same tucksie - stone chip which can just be bad luck - however, I had my forks serviced re-valved and re-sprung and the suspension house polished the sliders ? (they must have been within tolerance - the nick had gone) - total job £300 but came with a full service and fork upgrade.

    If it's any consolation I like you was worried, but in the time the nick was there, no issues or leaks whatsoever - just keep the leg and forks clean and I'm sure it will be ok...
    Thanks Sovrec, appreciate your comments.

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    myself, if I could feel a burr, I'd buff it out with ultrafine emory paper. (600 grit or finer...)
    piling the mileage on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by doser View Post
    myself, if I could feel a burr, I'd buff it out with ultrafine emory paper. (600 grit or finer...)
    Thanks for the reply doser. I've had a more in depth look at it and I don't believe there is a burr. I'm going to leave it for now and hope it doesn't cause any issues.

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    Just watched delboys garage on you tube and he does the same. 1200 grit i think he uses and knows his sheeit.

    Quote Originally Posted by doser View Post
    myself, if I could feel a burr, I'd buff it out with ultrafine emory paper. (600 grit or finer...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhall View Post
    Just watched delboys garage on you tube and he does the same. 1200 grit i think he uses and knows his sheeit.
    I had considered this but concerned about leaving an unsightly mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucksie View Post
    I had considered this but concerned about leaving an unsightly mark.
    Yep - I didn't touch mine - Going at it with wet and dry on USDs sounds a bit Heath Robinson - don't worry about it and if you have a fork service get it checked then - it's worth a basic service with new seals and oil plus a set up every 12-16k miles ( max I'd say) - suspension tuning houses have your forks apart in no time and build them up like new - they have specialist buffing gear to clean up sliders (within tolerances).

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