Draining Fluid Rear Shocks '83 Interstate


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Draining Fluid Rear Shocks '83 Interstate

Postby colemadad » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:30 am



I used a large syringe to drain the shocks and was only able to get 8 oz of ATF out of each. The book says that they should contain a little over 12 ounces. I've left them (upside down) to drain overnight to see if anymore drains out on its own. My question is - is there a way that I can be sure that I've got out all the fluid, short of taking the unit apart? It's important of course so that I don't end up with an overfilled condition. Thanks.
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Re: Draining Fluid Rear Shocks '83 Interstate

Postby gordonv » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:56 am

Sorry, not able to answer that question, but if you have them upside down, then they are out of the bike, so why wouldn't you want to take them apart, inspect and wipe clean/replace seals, before putting clean oil back in?

I haven't checked, but unless there is some maintenace scdule of replacing the oil ever ?, then the reason would be to insure the part is in good working order with clean good fluid?

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Re: Draining Fluid Rear Shocks '83 Interstate

Postby colemadad » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:41 pm

Yep, I was coming to that conclusion. The only thing worse than emptying the shock through the air inlet is filling it that way. Between that and the point you're making I think I will go the "take apart" route - thanks.
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Re: Draining Fluid Rear Shocks '83 Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:50 pm

I tried that once. I used a syringe to squirt the fluid in, but it kept overflowing. So I took my air hose and put some air pressure in there to try to push it down in there. That was a mistake. Took the air hose off, and all the air blew out, spraying the fluid all over the place (and me). Now I had no idea how much fluid was in there. I gave up, took it apart, and just put it in that way.

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Re: Draining Fluid Rear Shocks '83 Interstate

Postby colemadad » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:55 pm

Found all that out last night :roll: I wasn't using a compressor, just a large syring but the same result - nobody every said I do things the easy way.... :D

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Re: Draining Fluid Rear Shocks '83 Interstate

Postby colemadad » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:44 pm

I tackled the job this evening. A bit messy but not too bad overall. The oil seal, bushing and the spacer between them came out prettey easily and all look in good shape - so I'm just going to refill the shocks, which was the primary purpose of the exercise, and re-install the same parts. Given that they in good shape and that the shocks don't seem to leak, is there anything internally in the top of the shock that would be worth tearing apart?
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