1987 GL1200 fork oil


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tctech923
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1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by tctech923 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:52 pm



does anyone know the capacity and type/weight fork oil is needed
to change the oil in my forks???
it's a 1987 GL1200 Interstate. all stock and original.

any help would be appreciated.

thanks



chaunceymudrat
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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by chaunceymudrat » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:42 pm

just changed mine. 11.66 oz per side if you to totally clean them out per my Haynes manual. I have an 87 interstate also.

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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by tctech923 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:55 pm

thanks!!!!!

what kind and weight oil did you use??? my front end is very mushy.

I guess it's trial and error to ones liking????

thanks again.

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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by trike lady » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:47 pm

You may want to use Honda SS-8 fork oil.
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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by chaunceymudrat » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:06 pm

I used silkolean 20wt from the local dealer and my front end still was mushy. I put in 4lb of air and it helped. Haven't rode it enough for a good judgement. Good luck.

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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by golden highway » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:59 pm

Honda recommends automatic transmission fluid. I have tried fork oil and the recommended ATF and the ATF gives you the best ride and control in my opinion.

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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by tctech923 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:24 am

thanks for the help. I appreciate it.

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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by patbrandon1 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:43 pm

golden highway wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:59 pm
Honda recommends automatic transmission fluid. I have tried fork oil and the recommended ATF and the ATF gives you the best ride and control in my opinion.
Can you give me the actual type of ATF that you used? There are several different kinds out there, and my manual doesn't say. Thanks for your time.

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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by grand rouge » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:55 pm

P M Sent re fork oil

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Re: 1987 GL1200 fork oil

Post by oldishwinger » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:11 pm

yeh along with ATF and about 4 to 6 of air can give a pretty good ride in my humble opinion changing the TRAC system can also help a little



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