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post #1 of 14 Old 08-04-2019, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Fork oil volume?

I have always followed the old saw--pull the fork oil out, measure each tube--replace exactly what you took out--volume wise. But, I have a DL 1000 with a leaking fork--once I clean this up, what is the volume recommended? As I obviously can't measure what is in there--it has leaked.
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According to the manual, 505 ml (17.1/17.8 US/Imp oz) per leg.
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I have always followed the old saw--pull the fork oil out, measure each tube--replace exactly what you took out--volume wise. But, I have a DL 1000 with a leaking fork--once I clean this up, what is the volume recommended? As I obviously can't measure what is in there--it has leaked.
Dan, I am not near my bike nor records at the moment, but if I recall correctly, when I rebuilt my forks last Spring, I bought one quart of fork oil and split it between the two tubes. Mathematically that does not quite equal the amount quoted above, but I believe that is how I did mine on my 08 Vee.
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Not likely much help but for my son's 2006 Wee it was one liter split between the two forks. I didn't measure what came out, I just filled them back up to the correct level according to Black Labs instructions.
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You need to fill it with 505 ml per leg, and then you need to insert a tube and suck a bit out so that the level is exactly a certain amount of mm below the top. I found I could do a full fork oil change on both legs, with exactly 1l of fluid and had some left over.
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I do believe that the measured distance will work out to about half a liter. That's what I did when I changed the seals on my forks. If it will cross half way across the country puking fork oil, I don't think .05 liter is going to make a big difference. There are the sticklers for accuracy that may differ, Perhaps installing things like emmulators will displace a few cc's.
What weight oil you use may have a greater influence than a squirt of oil.
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Thanks, everyone,

I would hate to ruin the new seals by overfilling. Good information.
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Good luck, my forks worked 100% better after an oil change the fluid was so dirty.....😎😎
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The book says 505ml (O.K. who cares about 5ml, and there is sure to be a little extra in the bottle anyway) but also emphasises that you MUST pump the inner tube up and down until you are absolutely sure that all the air is out, and then leave the fork to settle for 5 minutes before confirming that the oil level is 133mm below the top of the fork tube with the spring still out.
More oil = firmer suspension, less oil = softer suspension. You should ensure that the level in both is the same.
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Just changed mine in my 2008 650. 10w at 143mm from top of tube.

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