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post #1 of 26 Old 02-07-2019, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Drain Holes On Forks

Motorcycles had these for decades. Probably adds $2 to the cost of making a motorcycle. 2 holes, 2 screws. Anyone who has changed fork fluid on a Vstrom would probably appreciate having those drain holes, especially those of us who couldn't afford a stand at the time & had to wing it. Yep, 2 day job. Fun. Sort of like removing the engine to change the oil. So, maybe drain holes on the forks next time Suzuki? I'll cough up another $2 somehow. I'll buy a stand next time. I hear they're more than $2.

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I'm with you on this. What a pain just to change fork oil.
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It's really not that bad. I always do mine in conjunction with a front tire change, at that point I'm already halfway to having the forks off the bike, so it's only another 10 minutes to having the tubes in my hand. Altogether it adds no more than 30 minutes to a tire change. 40 if you work sloooowly. Drain holes are barely any quicker.
You need a stand (or other way to unweight the front end) with either method, otherwise removing/replacing the fork caps is going to be..."interesting".
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If you have a center stand all you need is to go put to your car and borrow the scissors jack to get the front off the ground and support while you unbolt the calipers, remove the wheel and then slide the fork legs out.

If you don't have a center stand but have 2 jacks stands they will work equally as well in concert with scissors jack.
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Opening the fork gives you the opportunity to clean springs and other internals. OTOH, drain holes would get most people to change it more frequently, keeping the internals cleaner on a more regular basis.

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... I always do mine in conjunction with a front tire change, at that point I'm already halfway to having the forks off the bike, ...
One fork is leaking on my bike. Hope to fix that by just cleaning it using a small, simple tool I bought for that. If I still have the bike this fall, I'll be needing a new front tire anyway, and I plan to do as you say - work the forks while the front tire's already off the bike. I've never done any fork work, but makes sense to me to do it this way.

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When I had my 650 the fork oil was changed every other winter(20 - 30K) and it was always "very" dirty. Once the tubes were off the bike,caps removed, springs pulled and then the old fluid poured out. Then a few ounces of paint thinner in each. Pump up and down and pour out. Repeat until clean. Now pour in a couple ounces of fluid(Fork or ATF) and pour that out. Now fill and reassemble per your manual. Can be done in 1-2 hrs and super clean.
PS - If you install Rancho boots you'll find the old fluid so much cleaner that you might not need to this for 50K+. I installed them at 100K and at 122 the fluid was barely dirty.

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Is the state of the fork oil something that matters? The manual doesn't even mention the forks in periodic maintenance except to inspect them.
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Is the state of the fork oil something that matters? The manual doesn't even mention the forks in periodic maintenance except to inspect them.
I changed mine 10 years ago for a heavier viscosity. Pain in the butt without a stand & or drain holes. Haven't touched them since. This summer I'll compare prices on buying a stand vs paying my dealer to change the fluid because I'll be riding MUCH more than the past 12 years. Retired now.

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