Is there another way to remove fork oil ???


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Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby ram11397 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:06 pm



Need help again lol
Ok i need to replace the front fork oil i had a leak which i seem to of fixed, had dirt under the seal used a tool (plastic) to clean seal. I tried to undo the drain plugs but i dont think they have been removed in years.so is there a way to maybe suck it out from the top if i undo the tops which i have to anyway to put oil in.


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Re: Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:39 pm

I drew the fluid out with a shopvac once, I made a reducer tube to go down to the bottom, it drew it out real nice, put back in the required amount of fluid and I was done....I cleaned out the fluid then sucked up some soapy water to clean up the hose...LOL Insanity....It worked well...

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Re: Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby ram11397 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:58 pm

Sounds like my kinda plan lol thanks
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Re: Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:40 pm

Rick, it will clean the crap out of your shopvac real well,,,LOL LOL,, I have a video of it here somewhere...I'll try to find it for ya... there's only one Beave... :lol: After I drained it I poured in new and sucked it out just to clean it up nice inside...


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Re: Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby ram11397 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:53 pm

I have shop vac and hose like that. Got few days off next week will do it then.
So take spring out does it come out with no problems? and how my fork oil do u put in? and what brand of fluid do u recommend ?
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Re: Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:15 pm

I forgot how much, but I remembered I measured it..... :shock: :lol: Might have to look that up.... :D and yes I took out the spring with out issue....I made a special tool to put the cap back on too....I do remember that much, yep....I sure did...
PVC pipe 3/4" I think it was
PVC pipe 3/4" I think it was
Put a handle on it to be able to push down and turn that sucker,  I put in progressive springs
Put a handle on it to be able to push down and turn that sucker, I put in progressive springs

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Re: Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:33 pm

I'd want to clean out the forks (i.e. remaining sludge, leftover film of dirty fork oil) as well - on my GL1500, when I completely disassembled the forks, I used brake fluid for this, but any solvent would work. A lot of gunge came out when I did this. The problem with using solvent to get this stuff out and then removing it with a vacuum cleaner is that sucking up volatile, flammable solvent into a shop vac is a really good way to create (and set off) a small bomb. Better to stick a hose from a Mity-vac down there to suck up the remaining bits.

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Re: Is there another way to remove fork oil ???

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:18 pm

I just used ATF when I did mine,, if there is a chance you are going to blow yourself up,,, don't do it LOL..... :lol: use a different pump or something...




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