GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement


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GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby mrmmrm » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:56 pm



How to replace old oil in rear shocks? It's easy to empty them, but how to fill them with new one?
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Re: GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby seabee_ » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:22 pm

Items needed: turkey baster, a buddy and a six-pack.(beer)
Fill the turkey baster with the shock fluid, have your buddy push down on the back of the bike, as he releases the bike squeeze the fluid into the shock on the up-stroke. Fill it thru the hole where the air line goes into the shock. After the shocks are filled, share the six-pack with your buddy for helping out. Usually best to save the six pack until after the work is done. LOL
Here is a video link to see the process.


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Re: GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby mrmmrm » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:29 am

Thank you very much. My good friend have had a dilema how on it.

I will forward your reply to him.

Thanks again.

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Re: GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby gold1200 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:54 pm

Hi, ya all. HOW do we empty, the fluid, from the rear shocks?????? Is the replacement fluid 10 1/2 OZs, or 12 OXs............. factory, or atf? Also, what weight?? I'll except, the answer, from the person, with the most knowledge......... :lol: :lol: :lol: Thanks People....... let's ride.

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Re: GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby seabee_ » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:48 am

I used atf when I refilled my shocks. Works as good as shock oil. They are both hydraulic fluids. I can't remember the amount. I have to look around on my laptop or in the manual for the capacities..
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Re: GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby gold1200 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Thanks, but my Big Question is, How do we get the fluid OUT?? :lol:

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Re: GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby seabee_ » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:07 pm

Best way to get all the fluid out is to disconnect the air lines, remove the shock, turn them upside down and let them drain a day or two into a container. You can speed the process by pushing down on the upside down shock to squirt the oil out. You can remove the air lines and leave them on the bike and push up and down on the bike, but it's messy and you won't get all the fluid out.
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Re: GL1200 Int. 87 - rear suspension oil replacement

Postby gold1200 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:28 pm

Well, after much ado, I've gotten the oil removed, from the rear shocks. First, remove them, then ............ shake the .... out of them..... :lol: I measured the oil, 22 ozs....... 2 shocks= 11 ozs per. That's the honda Showa shock, and according to the the dealers info. I'm using 10 wt. honda shock oil. All's going well........ except, I put them in backwards, air connection, pointed forward...... :oops: ..shoot.. Tomorrows a new day...... I just wanna ride. For those folks, wanting to repair, their rear shocks, go for it. It only takes longer, the first time. I wish making love, WOULD have been that way........ :D Good luck, and thanks to, the folks, that sent me some info.




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