How is everyone? I have a 2015 Honda cb1000r with 8k miles. The problem is that I have a leak in my front forks and chatter when I go over bumps. I have been looking into getting them replaced but it can become very costly. I was also looking into rebuilding them myself. Any suggestions? Would it be better to get new forks? Or should I buy the cartridges and new tubes? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, I recent rear ended a van going about 8 mph. Luckily it had only hit the front tire and compressed the suspension. I was forunate enough to stay on the bike and not let her drop! After that, I noticed that I’ve been getting death wobble when I let go of the handle bars. I am assuming it will go away once I get new forks. Thank you in advance for the advice/help.
Try sliding a bit of old 35mm film negative up the leg and past the seals.
If your leak is caused by a bit of grit, the film will dislodge it, and allow it to reseal.
Don't be afraid to tackle a fork rebuild. You'll be suprised how easy it is.
If you have a stand to get the front end up, go for it.
Have a look at the manual, there will be a few tools you might need (seal driver & retaining collar ) they're not too expensive.
Buy good quality seals and dust covers, not the cheapo chinese ebay stuff. I always use SKF, found them to be excellent, a little better than the Showa OE. Oil level/airgap will be in the manual.