Fork Oil

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Fork Oil

Post by Grumpy1 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:43 am

Is there a easy way to change the front fork oil with out pulling them off the bike .
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Re: Fork Oil

Post by MikeB » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:47 pm

An easy way would be to remove the fork caps and a lower bolt from the fork tube and let it drain.

But of course that is not a good way to do it. It is time consuming and doesn't really do the job well. There will still be crud in the tube and some dirty oil. I guess you could flush it with fork oil after removing the fork caps and then plug the tube when the fluid look clean.

The best way is to remove the tubes, take off the caps, pour out the fluid and remove the parts and clean them. But I have done it the other way in years past on other motorcycles and didn't have any ill effects.

Of course, if are going to remove the fork caps, make sure you but something under the engine/frame so that the forks don't collapse and the springs come charging out and the motorcycle come crashing to the ground after you get the caps off. That could ruin your whole day.
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Re: Fork Oil

Post by Ed Z » Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:00 am

Or just remove the air valve in the forks caps and use a large syringe to squirt the new oil back into the forks...

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Re: Fork Oil

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