shocks-fork oil

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shocks-fork oil

Post by hal » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:03 pm

would love to know what weight fork oil for topping off the shocks on my 1607

John Harley
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Re: shocks-fork oil

Post by John Harley » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:49 pm


Around these parts (Jersey Nouvelle) we use hydraulic jack fluid, which is easily found at car parts supply houses. If you are more industrious and curious, you could visit a high class motorcycle emporium and find someone to have an extended discussion with. If the jack oil leaks out quickly, you might be able to forstall a rebuild by trying progressively heavier motor oils, starting with a 10W.

The shocks should be checked and topped yearly when you service the rest of the car. Like other mechanical items the best way to prevent wear in the shocks is to keep them full of oil.


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Re: shocks-fork oil

Post by Dave Czirr » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:53 am

I don't that motor oil is a good idea. The majority of folks I know use hydraulic jack oil but my preference is Mobil DTE-24 (SAE10) or DTE-25 (SAE20) hydraulic oil.

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