Fork Oil Level Check and Refill W/O Removing the Fork
Posted April 12, 2007 - 05:22 PM
The bike was sitting in the toy hauler for some time and I had a pool of oil on the floor.
Posted April 13, 2007 - 02:54 AM
Posted April 13, 2007 - 08:33 AM
Posted May 04, 2007 - 07:18 PM
I just want to go riding for the weekend but am worried about running my forks dry. I'm going to try using a seal saver and clean the dirt out of the seals and reinstall the dust seal and top them up.
What I would like to do is drain both forks and maybe flush them out a little with clean fluid. Then top them up as close to spec as I can. I'll be taking them into the shop in the next few weeks but would like to sneak a few rides in before then.
Any Ideas on a drain and flush??
Can I remove the base valve easily to drain the forks??
If so, do I need the special tool to hold the dampner rod or can I rig something up from stuff in my shed??
Thanks for any help available. I routinely get into engines and trannies, but have yet to dig into a set of forks.....
Posted May 04, 2007 - 07:53 PM
Posted May 05, 2007 - 08:43 AM
Posted September 07, 2007 - 07:22 AM
Posted September 07, 2007 - 12:43 PM
Posted September 09, 2007 - 07:19 AM
Hey Jason, im no suspension pro but IMHO it did make a big difference, just putting in the stiffer springs for me and the valving turned down low would still bottom out easily, but just a few clicks and it was perfect, turned it another bit stiffer and it went way too stiff, so i turned it back to the sweet spot. I like it and would recommend the fluid change, I woudn't waste money yet on valving unless youre hard core, again IMHO, guys don't bash me here.
It's important to name the brand when talking suspension fluids because "w" weights mean very little with suspension fluids. One brand's 2.5w can have the same performance in a suspension application as another brands 10w. As for valving, don't waste your money unless you're older than an '04. Yamaha finally got a clue in '04 and started making valves comparable to Race Tech.
I'm sure some here have seen this but here's a link to some great info on suspensions and suspension oils
I'll add that I've found some errors in the reported viscosities on the chart but all in all it's pretty accurate.
Posted January 04, 2008 - 01:41 PM
just an update on my forks. I tried the yamaha 5 weight fluid and it was not good rebound so i changed and went with maxima 5 weight and went with 35cc over and it didnt change my handling in corners over bumbs at all but it did stop my from bottoming out on jumps. I love it and the quality of fluid is so superior to the yamaha fluid that it makes me mad that yamaha even puts it on the shelf (IMO). Thanks, Jason