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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Fork oil drain and replace

According to my service manual, to replace/top off the fork oil in my bike requires nearly a complete disassembly of the fork itself. I can't find any info on drainng the fork oil. Is there something I missed?


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You have not missed anything. Seems like there should be a simple way to drain and fill but there is not. However check your service schedule again as fork oil replacement was not considered a maintenance item ie we only did it when leaking or forks binding so you have to disassemble anyway. Inspection is done visually to check for leaks and by compressing the front forks. I have only replaced oil once on my 95 VT1100 after hitting a 4 x 4 fence post that fell off a truck, (fork seals leaked) and I have never changed for oil on my99 VT750. Many members do change fork oil but I bet the majority do not.

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It's not part of my maintenance schedule on any bike I own.
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I change fork oil with the front tire replacement. It does get nasty. Especially if you ride in much rain.


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I change fork oil with the front tire replacement. It does get nasty. Especially if you ride in much rain..........
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To drain the fork oil you have to remove the front tire, then using a impact and a extended 8mm or 6mm allen socket (can't remember) to loosen part #29 and being careful to track of #26 washer. Now you can take off the fork cap's #16 and do what you want from that point. Going back together the pipe seat #14 will need to have bolts started before complete assembly and gently impacted tight before fluid and caps go back on. You can let them drain overnite w/o removing fork caps and then replace bolts before removing fork caps thus eliminating aligning the pipes to tighten.


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Please state the Year?Make?and Model? of your bike, please. And place the requested info in your avatar.


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The quick and dirty method, you won't get every bit out, but you will get most.
Use a big syringe with a plastic tube, or a suction gun with tube.
Pump the front suspension up and down a few times to mix up the oil.
Jack up the front end so there is no weight on the suspension.
Remove the top fork caps, watch out they are under pressure from the spring.
Pull the springs with a rag to stop oil dripping off it onto your carpet or dance shoes.
Let the weight back down on the front wheel, use the suction gun or improvised tool to pull all the oil out.
Squirt the oil into a container that you can look into to check for contamination. (If it looks like black mud you will need to go the long route, pull the fork legs and clean them out fully.)
Once all the oil you can get is out, refill to the level specified in your manual or in the spring suppliers instructions.
Jack it back up, drop in the nicely wiped off springs in the tubes and put the caps back on, taking care not to cross thread the suckers.
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The quick and dirty method, you won't get every bit out, but you will get most......................
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