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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-25-2007, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Another fork oil question...

Who here has changed their own fork oil? Mine needs done. I'm told by some locals that the forks have to come off the bike to drain the old out completely. If this is the case...I'm paying someone to do it.

I like to do alot of the work on the bike myself...but some stuff I just can't or wont do. This is one of them.

What is your experience with swapping out the oil? Fork off?



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My 79 Suzuki has drain screws on the bottom of the fork. The first time I changed the fork oil, I unscrewed the screw and pumped the front of the bike up and down. Fork oil sprayed on my Jeep and floor. When I did the other side, the head of the Phillips-head screw stripped. So I had to take the fork off. To get all the crud out of there, you have to take the forks off and clean everything. You have to have the right tools and manual to do this correctly.
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its alot easier to take off the forks, and really not that hard to take them apart, but thats on my honda I have no idea what your bike is like.
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how often should this be done?



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My 79 Suzuki has drain screws on the bottom of the fork. The first time I changed the fork oil, I unscrewed the screw and pumped the front of the bike up and down. Fork oil sprayed on my Jeep and floor. When I did the other side, the head of the Phillips-head screw stripped. So I had to take the fork off. To get all the crud out of there, you have to take the forks off and clean everything. You have to have the right tools and manual to do this correctly.
I have the service manual...I haven't bothered to get it out and look up the procedure yet. And as far as tools...I don't have many specialty tools. Mostly common household tools...so who knows. I know my forks to have drain screws on them, however.



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how often should this be done?
As soon as you bike leaves the dealership. The stock fork oil in the jap bikes might as well be fish oil. It sucks! And it will stink to high heaven when you do this job!!!!!

The BEST way to do it, is to pull the forks, disessemble, clean and inspect, replace the bushings and the seals, and new syn fork oil. That's what I did on my 9R and it was like I put a new set of forks on it!




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As soon as you bike leaves the dealership. The stock fork oil in the jap bikes might as well be fish oil. It sucks! And it will stink to high heaven when you do this job!!!!!

The BEST way to do it, is to pull the forks, disessemble, clean and inspect, replace the bushings and the seals, and new syn fork oil. That's what I did on my 9R and it was like I put a new set of forks on it!
Agreed. Also, be sure to clean out all the crap in the forks. If they haven't been done in a while (or ever), be sure to use some type of solvent to clean out the valves (I use plain old kerosene, then flush the kero out with fork oil). An oil change will be a waste of time unless all the left over junk is flushed out.
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Well that solves my problem. I ain't doing it. [email protected](K it.



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That is NOT the spirit there Marko!
What do you expect from me? I sure ain't doing it myself. You making a trip to PA anytime soon?



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NO... but sense you said it... bring it here and I'll do it!




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NO... but sense you said it... bring it here and I'll do it!
I appreciate the offer, believe me. But for that long of a trip...I'd rather leave the old.



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I appreciate the offer, believe me. But for that long of a trip...I'd rather leave the old.
I know Marko... but you know if you were around I'd be helpin!




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I know Marko... but you know if you were around I'd be helpin!
I know you would. I appreciate it. Might drop it off for Rickman to do when it's a little nicer outside.



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I appreciate the offer, believe me. But for that long of a trip...I'd rather leave the old.
now you were looking for a reason to ride....

whats with the whining then.....

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Hey Marco I did it on my 9R over the winter, it's not that big of a deal if you have the tools it's fairly easy.
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Hey Marco I did it on my 9R over the winter, it's not that big of a deal if you have the tools it's fairly easy.
That's my problem. What kind of tools are we talking about?



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Basics... besides. As long as you have the time and don't rush it. All it really means is a few trips to sears for the proper tool.




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Basics... besides. As long as you have the time and don't rush it. All it really means is a few trips to sears for the proper tool.
WHAT IS THE PROPER TOOL?



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