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fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby ray49 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:08 am



hi i.m replacing my fork oil in my 2001 Goldwing I was told to use 10w how much oil do I put in the forks does the left take more oil then the right
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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby themainviking » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:37 pm

According to Honda

- 526.5-531.5 ml (17.82-17.98 U.S. oz.) in the left fork tube

- 482.5-487.5 ml (16.32-16.48 U.S. oz.) in the right fork tube.

I presume this would be what would be considered a wet and dry fill, which means you did not wipe out and did wipe out the fork and tube.
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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:31 pm

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ray49 wrote:hi i.m replacing my fork oil in my 2001 Goldwing I was told to use 10w how much oil do I put in the forks does the left take more oil then the right
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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby thrasherg » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:38 pm

Just to be clear, you do know that to get the correct fork oil level, you pour in 10W oil and then suck it out until the oil sits a certain level from the top of the fork stanchion. You do not pour in a precise amount (You have no idea how much old oil was left in the damper assembly, instead you add new oil, pump the forks multiple times to get the new oil all inside the damping units, then collapse the fork and measure how high the oil level is from the top of the stanchion, then add or remove oil to achieve the correct level. Just wanted to make sure you are doing it correctly. I do not remember what the correct level is (Have to look in a manual) I pour in about 2/3rd of a 0.8 pint bottle of fork oil, then pump the forks and I have a fine metal tube that is connected to a syringe, I mark the correct level on the tube then put that inside the fork, and pull on the syringe, so that I suck the fork oil out until it has reached the correct level. You can also buy a similar tool.. I hope this makes sense.

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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby themainviking » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:21 pm

thrasherg wrote:Just to be clear, you do know that to get the correct fork oil level, you pour in 10W oil and then suck it out until the oil sits a certain level from the top of the fork stanchion. You do not pour in a precise amount (You have no idea how much old oil was left in the damper assembly, instead you add new oil, pump the forks multiple times to get the new oil all inside the damping units, then collapse the fork and measure how high the oil level is from the top of the stanchion, then add or remove oil to achieve the correct level. Just wanted to make sure you are doing it correctly. I do not remember what the correct level is (Have to look in a manual) I pour in about 2/3rd of a 0.8 pint bottle of fork oil, then pump the forks and I have a fine metal tube that is connected to a syringe, I mark the correct level on the tube then put that inside the fork, and pull on the syringe, so that I suck the fork oil out until it has reached the correct level. You can also buy a similar tool.. I hope this makes sense.

Gary


I did not know that either Gary, so here is the correct way the manual says to do it. Doesn't read well to me, but here goes. The level is said to be 128mm or 5.0 inches.

Set the oil level as follows:

a. Make sure the fork tube is bottomed against the slider and placed in a vertical position. On the right fork tube, push the piston rod all the way down.

b. Use an oil level gauge and set the oil level to the specification

c. Remove the oil level gauge ( there is an illustration of the oil level gauge in the manual which looks like a syringe with a bent 90 degree tube on it.)
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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby thrasherg » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:52 am

That's it.. As you can see the actual volume of oil you put in, is not specified, its the height of the oil inside the fork with everything collapsed (Pushed down) that is important. Unfortunately I always find that one bottle of fork oil is not enough to change the oil in both forks, so be sure to buy 2 bottles of fork oil and then follow the procedure in the manual. I use to pour a little oil in the forks then poke a ruler inside the forks to see where the oil was and keeping adding a little oil and checking the level until I got it correct, but that takes a lot of time, in the end I made up the syringe tool which just allows me to poke the tube inside the fork (To the required level) then just suck the excess oil out. Really quick and easy, many shops sell something similar for $10-$20.

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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby themainviking » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:00 pm

What I did not fully understand, Gary, is the level measured from the top of the fork? So, the suck tube on the syringe needs to be five inches into the fork and sucks all the oil above that back out?
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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby thrasherg » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:03 pm

themainviking wrote:What I did not fully understand, Gary, is the level measured from the top of the fork? So, the suck tube on the syringe needs to be five inches into the fork and sucks all the oil above that back out?


You are 100% correct..

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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby cihilb » Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:46 pm

Use a piece of clear tuning marked at 5 inches. The mark sits at the top of the fork tubes. Overfill and just suck out the rest.

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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby themainviking » Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:07 pm

cihilb wrote:Use a piece of clear tuning marked at 5 inches. The mark sits at the top of the fork tubes. Overfill and just suck out the rest.


Yeah, we almost got that, but what is clear tuning?
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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby thrasherg » Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:50 pm

themainviking wrote:
cihilb wrote:Use a piece of clear tuning marked at 5 inches. The mark sits at the top of the fork tubes. Overfill and just suck out the rest.


Yeah, we almost got that, but what is clear tuning?


The B & N are very close together on his keyboard (and mine!!) so go for tubing!! :lol:

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Re: fork oil 2001 goldwing

Postby themainviking » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:00 am

thrasherg wrote:
themainviking wrote:
cihilb wrote:Use a piece of clear tuning marked at 5 inches. The mark sits at the top of the fork tubes. Overfill and just suck out the rest.


Yeah, we almost got that, but what is clear tuning?


The B & N are very close together on his keyboard (and mine!!) so go for tubing!! :lol:

Gary


Okay, now I got it...... :lol:


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