I had a crash once that broke the upper shock mount hole on the plastic cap. I was left with a round shock cap-no mounting hole on top. When I replaced that cap it would seep oil after every qualifier. I kept topping off the shock, backing the cap off a little and then cinching it down again. Didn't help much until I got rough one day and used more torque than normal. No more leaky.
This doesn't apply to your situation, so it's just for people to read I guess. LOL. Good to hear you didn't give up.
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