Fork oil or ATF?


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Fork oil or ATF?

Postby DragonRider » Thu May 19, 2011 3:51 pm



Should I use fork oil on my wifes '82 GL1100 (what weight) or the ATF per the owners manual?



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Re: Fork oil or ATF?

Postby Willy447 » Thu May 19, 2011 4:54 pm

I use atf in my 1500 along with 3 other riders with 1500's and it works good. Even better when I put in the progressive springs. I don't know about the 1100 but it is easy to change the fork oil if you want to experiment.

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Re: Fork oil or ATF?

Postby RoadRogue » Fri May 20, 2011 1:17 am

progressive springs recommends 20wt fork oil for the 1100, I use it and am very happy with the results. I like the firmer feel.
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Re: Fork oil or ATF?

Postby lbman » Fri May 20, 2011 7:13 am

I will put in Bell Ray fork oil this time around.
I have to change out rusted upper fork. I was able to have a buddy straighten my old one .
the used ones i picked up had a lot of rust pits and took out the seal in short order. I figure they could have been dried out from sitting all those years also. the bike they came off of only had 26,000 miles.
Hopefully I will get new dust and fork seals today UPS. i will swap them out this weekend.
I used tranny fluid when i put new too me, forks on with the new progressive springs.
I like a more firm ride. and the ride and handling is great! with the progressive springs.
It's like a new bike! I also scored a used fork brace off of Ebay. polished it up like chrome. I am hoping it will take care of that low speed deceleration wobble . I will check the steering head Nut also. but I do not have that wrench in my tool kit.
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Re: Fork oil or ATF?

Postby thrasherg » Fri May 20, 2011 10:07 am

Don't forget to make sure the big nut hanging onto the handlebars is also tightened up!! :lol:
Hope everything goes smoothly for you.

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Re: Fork oil or ATF?

Postby lbman » Fri May 20, 2011 11:33 am

Ya I have to find a wrench to fit it.
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Re: Fork oil or ATF?

Postby DragonRider » Fri May 20, 2011 11:49 am

Well, the big nut thats on my handlebars Is a whole lot looser than my wifes (of course I have to say that or she will beat me) :lol:

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Re: Fork oil or ATF?

Postby lbman » Fri May 20, 2011 12:00 pm

this big nut has loose screws




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