What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs


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What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by carpet » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:52 am



Hi Guys,
Just a quick one for you people in the know. I recently had my fork springs replaced with progressive springs on my 96 Aspencade. Rode home from Brisbane (Australia) about 130klms and bike felt very stiff in front end. Put up with it for months now and finally looked at parts and labour sheet and i must have missed the bit where it said replacement fork oil Belray 30 weight. Is this the correct weight or should i take it back and get them to change it for lower weight oil. I knew it would stiffen up once the old springs were replaced but this is ridiculous. By the way the old springs were shagged.
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Carpet.



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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:34 am

30 wt oil for the forks seems a bit heavy to me. I like either 15, others 20 weight oil. Some will substitute ATF oil for fork oil, which usually runs around 10 weight

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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by carpet » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:50 am

Thanks Dusty Boots, will go with 15 wt first up and see how that goes.
Geez, i better proof read my question next time,(progreesive?). Time for new specs. :lol:

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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:01 am

Hey carpet,

I replaced seals and fork oil in mine - springs were still in specification - used 15wt oil and very happy with the result.

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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by RoadRogue » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:50 am

I will chime in here and also say 15wt fork oil is a good choice, allows you to feel the road but not rattle your teeth on the big bumps. If you like that marshmallow ride then something lighter like ATF or 5wt fork oil if you can find it. Air is not needed with the Progressive springs but you can add up to 6psi if you want. 8-)
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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by carpet » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:16 pm

Okay, sounds like 15 wt is the go with progressives up front.
Thanks to all the replies. Back to brissie for the oil change asap.

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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by CrystalPistol » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:12 pm

carpet wrote:Okay, sounds like 15 wt is the go with progressives up front.
Thanks to all the replies. Back to brissie for the oil change asap.
It's an excellent starting point anyway! 8-)
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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by carpet » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:34 am

Yep, took the bike back to the shop and had the fork oil substituted for 10 weight(not 15) and blow me down, what a difference. The 130 klm ride back was 100% better.
Once in the garage i made a couple of adjustments, 39psi in front and rear(i figure once on the road it will increase to around 41lbs anyway which i like to ride on), pumped rear progressives to 40lbs put the missus on the back and away we went for 100klms.
Must have done something right cause the little one commented on how smooth the ride was on the way back home.
Absolutely happy with the old girl now(i mean the bike, well both actually).
Stay shiny side up guys.

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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by Big Bob » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:05 pm

I too have a '96 Aspencade with 144K on the odo. I have Progressive springs in the front and run 10wt. fork oil. Progressive 450 IAS rear shock, Dunlop E3's for tires. I run 41 and 41 for tire pressure. No air in the forks, and around 10# in the air shock. I weigh approx. 230# and ride solo, bike feels great going down the road, no death wobble's etc. When I travel and put luggage in the bags I bump the air in the shock up to 12-15# and that's about it. Works for me and I hope this helps!! Happy riding!

Bob :)
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Re: What fork oil weight 96 Aspencade with progreesive springs

Post by carpet » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:06 pm

Thanks for the info Big Bob.
Mine has 136klms on the clock running dunlop K177's front and rear. Would give anything( within reason) to have a 450 shock for the rear but alas none in the land of Oz or anywhere else by the look of it. Must have been too good so decided to stop making them and go with something else that maybe would give a little bit of strife and make money for the shockie people. Not real impressed by the 416's on the rear but don't have a choice really so i just make the most of it. At least now it feels and corners a lot better, no jarring thru the bars.
Stay upright big fella.



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