fork oil. How much and what weight.
Posted October 22, 2002 - 06:18 AM
Posted October 22, 2002 - 06:44 AM
5 wt is standard.
I think 15 wt would be brutal, both on compression AND rebound.
Apparently, there is much to say on the quality of fork oil.
Yamaha's KYB 01 is regarded highly, ~ $20/litre.
I would guess (now I did say GUESS )any of the shop specific oils (Pro Circuit, Factory Connection, Race Tech, etc) would have equal quality, if not identical to KYB 01.
If the price is too high for your budget, Spectro 85/150 Cartridge Fork Fluid, Maxima Racing fork fluid (not the fork OIL) - 5#, Honda's SS-7 run about $10/litre.
Posted October 22, 2002 - 04:14 PM
I shine a torch into the top of the fork tube and lower a zip ty in unitl it hits the meniscus of the oil then make sure both sides are the same.
Obvoiusly it is important to bleed the fork very carefully as it is hard to get that last air out and that can stuff your measurement. Maybe next time I will measure exactly how much I put in as well.
I use 10wt oil and the highest level as I am heavier than average, though the more oil the smaller the "air spring" and the stiffer overall.
I use the best oil I can get cos it is a prick of a job and the better the longer it will last - on paper anyway.