Fork oil


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Keef
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Fork oil

Postby Keef » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:34 am



Can some one tell me, show me how to check the fork oil. GL1500. Or is on this site some where already? Thanks.



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Re: Fork oil

Postby tfdeputydawg » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:15 am

Not sure what you mean by "check"?
One normally "runs" the fork oil for the suggested mileage/time specs in the owners manual and then changes it.

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Re: Fork oil

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:17 am

There is no way to check the oil w/o removing the fork caps you then you measure the distance to the oil from the top. But if you are that far in..you might as well drain the old oil and put in new to spec.
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Re: Fork oil

Postby Keef » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:47 am

Thanks RB, and DD. Bought this bike used and did not know if you could look at it or what. Does this site have FIY for that challenge?

Thanks.

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Re: Fork oil

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:59 am

Keef wrote:Thanks RB, and DD. Bought this bike used and did not know if you could look at it or what. Does this site have FIY for that challenge?

Thanks.


Not yet - I'm rebuilding my front forks this winter as part of my winter maintenance, so I'll be writing one up once that's complete.

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Re: Fork oil

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:06 pm

I changed the fluid in my 93SE. I drained it from the screw in the bottom of the fork leg. I took off the schrader valve from the top and let a bit of compressed air force it out. I made a "funnel" of sorts from aluminum foil to keep it from spraying all over and drained it into my oil drain pan. I kept pouring in the fresh oil until it came out clean and red. I used transmission fluid. I don't have the book here at work but I used a baby bottle to measure the amount I needed for each fork as I believe both are a tad different from one another. I will do it again this winter as its been two years.

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Re: Fork oil

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:59 am

The above works..adding some solvent..to clean it out is Ok too. pumping the forks during the process helps too.
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Re: Fork oil

Postby Keef » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:19 am

Thanks all, I will check it out. In the winter like us all!!




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