Fork Dust seal, ride without?

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    After a nice ride yesterday I spent some time today doing other things and then turned my attention to the bike (2013 R3T). I found a broken plastic ring hanging out on my right fork tube. From looking at the manual I figured out it is the dust seal.

    What is the consensus on riding for a bit without the dust seal knowing that soon it will need to be replaced....tearing down the forks. I figured if I have to take one apart I may as well do both of them and if I am doing that get some progressive springs.

    So what says the hive, ride without the dust seal or not.

    bob
     
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    Stick a BIT of silicone on the outside surface and push it back into place.
     
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    I'm not sure this one will work like that, it is broken which is why it slid out of place. I may try it though, thanks for the suggestion.

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    Bob,
    If you reckon on doing new seals & fluid anyway, and you currently have no fluid weepage, I like @ruzzle idea.
    Keeping it covered with some silicone should get you through the riding season.
     
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