Does changing fork oil make a difference?
Heavier oil will increase the effective damping, in other words the forks will move up and down a little slower and feel stiffer. Lighter weight oil will do the opposite, allowing the forks to move up and down faster and feel softer.
How do I know if my forks need oil?
Some indicators for basic bath oil/seal service = leaking around seals, excessive oily dirt goo build up on top of seals that reappears on every ride, visible wear on stanchions(by that time it’s too late).
What happens if you don’t change fork oil?
This is a small circular ring that attaches to the bottom of the fork tube to keep the oil inside of the tube while you’re riding. Without this fork seal properly secured, your fork will leak that oil down the fork tube, and potentially onto your brake rotor and brake pads.
How long should you use fork oil?
Suspension tuners recommend fork oil be changed around 20 hours for maximum performance. But unless your a sensitive rider, or pretty serious racer, once a season is usually plenty fine. Agreed. It’s just like motor oil.
Can I use engine oil as fork oil?
motor oil works well in the outer chambers of twin chamber forks. I first used it in my honda now my yamaha and I think the 5/20 motor oil is slicker and offers less stiction. Some have said the honda forks mix the outer and inner oils over time so that might be a problem if you run your too long between changes.
What weight is motorcycle fork oil?
The factories use 5wt oil because it’s thin enough to remain stable when heated past 100 degrees Fahrenheit and thick enough to lubricate the large surface areas sliding back and forth in a fork. The starting point for every modern fork is 5wt oil. That is what your fork needs.
How much oil do forks take?
It’s about 200ml of oil.
Can I add fork oil without removing forks?
You need to remove the forks to do it right. You’ll have to remove the handlebars at a minimum. And it will be crazy trying to siphon out old fluid, you cant get a tube down the fork leg with the spring in it.
How do you know if your forks are bad?
A trick to help you tell if your fork seals are leaking is to take a clean cloth and wipe the lower part of the forks. Once both the forks are clean, take your bike out for a quick spin. If you notice oil or grime around the forks at the end of your ride, there’s a good chance that the fork seals need to be replaced.
Can you reuse fork oil?
Oxygen in air readily combines with oils, especially those that have double and triple bonds in their structures. Thus, oxidation is a factor. In any event, go ahead and reuse your oil.
How long should motorcycle fork seals last?
While every two years would be ideal, assuming they have no problems, every three to four years (unless you’re on track or riding an awful lot) should be fine.
What is the difference between fork and fork oil?
Fork fluid is a slicker, higher quality oil according to maxima. “Zero drag” for fluid, and “reduced drag” for oil. So fork fluid would be better for legs, but Id consider fox gold instead.
How often should you change fork seals?
So what’s a reasonable interval? For sportbikes, simple replacement of fluids and seals at 10,000 miles will bring new life to the bike. Touring bikes and cruisers can probably double that interval before the service will offer noticeable improvements.
Is shock oil and fork oil the same?
Fork oil and Shock oil is the same.