Kevin and Guys, Thanks for your previous answers. Now my question is a bit more specific: The manual talks about pumping the damping rod up and down. It also says take the outer tube and extend it 7 inches a few times. Then it says fill to the top and watch the bubble come out. Then measure. Now my question, what is the proceedure you use to remove air? Then, when do you measure; i.e., when oil is to the top of the outer tube and after you've pumped the damping rod? The second question is important to me because the damping rod holds oil that won't be part of the measurement. Therefore, the final oil level will increase during use, which could help blow a seal. Thanks for your time.