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Old 11-29-2012, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The right way to change your fork oil

Great video on how to change your fork oil ....

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This guy should have a TV show. Good presence!
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why put back the amount you took out? What if they were low on oil? The manual states how much to put in.

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A note to those changing fork oil, Used fork oil smells horrible. Change it outside or with the garage door open.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That guy Is an Idiot OR he has never done it,,,

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...

And as for amount of oil,,We tune with that variable..the manual is a good base line only.

Then he talks about pumping the forks and getting on the bike,,LOL
Umm with the fork caps out,,you can remove the springs,,slowly and with a rag handy.
Then you alone can pump the wheel up and down by simply straddling the front wheel
and lifting it up...
Bike frame on a jack of course.....

No..he would not touch my bike...
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A note to those changing fork oil, Used fork oil smells horrible. Change it outside or with the garage door open.
This brings back memories. I recently did a fork oil change on my 1998 Fatboy. The oil smelled like... well...oil. However Back in the seventies when I rode and repaired lots of Asian off road bikes. I would find the smell of the fork oil used from the factory to be like rotting fish. After some investigating I found out that the reason for that was that Asia still used Whale oil then. Since Showa made the forks for Harley up through the 90s at least. I guess it's possible that they still used Whale oil in them. I don't know if Harley received forks from Showa as complete units or just parts to be assembled in the factory. However I do remember that smell. If it's the first fork oil change. This may be good advise.

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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not impressed with the video either,,,, putting back the same amount you take out is not the way I would do it,,,,,, how do you know if the right amount was in there to begin with?,,,,, what if some has leaked out and you did'nt know it?,,,, what if the factory didn't get it right,,,,, I believe the HD manual states how much to put in when building a new fork (never seen oil) and a different smaller amount for a drained replacement fork ( they figure in what amount stays inside),,,,
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but quite honestly I would bet my last dollar that this guy has more accurate mechanical knowledge about bikes than any of US will ever dream of having. In this video he was showing how to change the fork oil with the forks off of the bike. I recently did mine and I took the bleeder screw off first. The screw simply fell off in my hand! It didn't go off into the next galax, the next planet or even across my garage! Everything else went exactly as he said it would. .... I think I'm going to stick with his version.
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In this video he was showing how to change the fork oil with the forks off of the bike.


Looks to me like the forks are on the bike.
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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
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