Does anyone have experience with aftermarket fork seals? Are the aftermarket seals as good, or better than OEM?
thanks, this helped a lot. This is exactly what I want to avoid, but I also want to avoid paying $100 for OEM seals and dust seals. I guess it's worth not having to do the work twice.I tried a set of the All Balls brand seals on my ST4s Showa forks. Initially I loved them. They felt pliable and very slick going on. Low sticktion. They started leaking from both sides in about 2 months. Went back to OEM seals and added a dab Race Tech seal / bushing grease at installation. Perfect. Full season not a hint of a leak and smooth action (the grease made a nice difference). The OEM seals and bushings are excellent and are pretty inexpensive. Places like Race Tech sell the OEM stuff. I'll stay away from the aftermarket fork seal based on my experience with the All Balls seals.
Well excuse me mr moneybags lol, but mine were $300 forks on a $4000 bike that needed a buttload of work so yeah I went aftermarket on the seals.C'mon guys, WTF is this, Save-a-Lot forum!? If you have a ~$18,000 bike with a $2,400 set of forks on it are you really gonna get some aftermarket shite seals to save $25?