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My right fork started leaking oil and upon taking it apart I found this piece of metal in the oil. 2008 Goldwing with 51000 miles. This is the first time it was taken apart.
Any one have an idea of what it could be part of?
 

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How far did you take it apart? Other fork has to have a part that is whole.??? Weird, I would want to tear them down completely now. You have enough miles that checking the bushings wouldn't be a bad idea either.

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It was the last thing that came out of the lower tube. I was trying to get the remaining stinky (technical term) oil out, bumping it on a rubber pad on my bench when it came out.
 

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It was the last thing that came out of the lower tube. I was trying to get the remaining stinky (technical term) oil out, bumping it on a rubber pad on my bench when it came out.
I've smelled that Technical term before on some long over due fork oil changes!

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I would guess by diameter it may be a part of the fork bushing. If you completely disassembled the fork, there has to be something with that piece missing. Failing that, it may have been left behind from a previous service.
 

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It does not look like a piece of broken bushing to me. I don't recognize it from any of the "OEM guts" that come out during Traxxion cartridge installation. It almost looks like it may be a piece of "fork seal fixer" that is intended to slip down between seal and tube to dislodged dirt particles and re-orient the seal "squeegee" to stop leaks. That is as close as I can come to a guess short of "it was hiding in the oil pan before work began on the shocks".
 

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Thanks

Thanks to all for the help. I have completed the seal replacement and new oil (less stinky). The part in question was left out. I'm going to blame the assembly guys back in 2008.
 

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I've had literally hundreds of forks apart and the only thing I could think of might be some of the internal valve parts or shim stack from the damper cartridge, but it does not look like any of them. My best guess is it was something left in there when manufactured.
 

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