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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by squeekie View Post
Looks to me like the forks are on the bike.
HA HA! .. You are correct! .. I was thinking of another video he did about replacing the fork seals.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by grouser View Post
do what you like with your own bike,,, that's the fun of DIY,,,, but there are shade tree and then there or obsessive mechanics,,,,, I tend to not take anything for granted. like assuming the oil that's in there is correct,,,,, I WANNA know it's right by my own hand,,, have fun
Thats exactly right,,,

And IF you got the HD service book you will be on the mark...

If you got some bootleg copy or do what some guy on the net says,
It's your azz and Your bike, Get-r-done

I adjusted my fork oil level three times and the sag spacers (pre-load) twice
before I got It to suit me.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-09-2014, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Osco View Post
In the beginning he takes out the bleed screw..
You pop the fork caps first or that screw will go Into the next galaxy and you get a nice
mist of dirty fork oil....EVERYWHERE within three or four feet...
Is it possible that you are thinking of a different type of bike? Perhaps one with compressed air in the forks?

Because on a Rubbermount EVO Sportster, the procedure is exactly the way Del describes it in the video (except for oil quantity -- I go by manual specs). When you remove the drain screw, you do need to have a cup or other container under it as it will weep, but the screw does not pop out and there is no mist of dirty fork oil.

As for pumping up and down, I do that before the bike goes on the jack (I cut the tops off 20-oz soda bottles at an angle, and secure them to the forks with masking tape to catch the oil as it is pumped). Pump until you can hear the fork "gasping" both ways, wait a minute, and then pump again to get out the oil that was clinging to the insides of the forks. Then remove the soda bottles and used oil, put the screws back in (with their copper washers), jack the bike up to get the front wheel off the ground, remove the caps (yes, now), put in fresh oil, replace the caps, and lower the bike off the jack.

I did this just last week, and this is exactly the way it was done. No lost drain screws and no mist.
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