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post #1 of 5 Old 05-06-2008, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone change their springs 'the lazy way'?

By 'the lazy way' I mean just putting the bike on the rear stand, and replacing the springs, one at a time, from the top. I'll suck out the old oil with a large syringe.

I've done this on another bike and it worked fine. Any issues with doing this on a Wee?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-06-2008, 01:56 PM
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Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't get all the old oil out of the forks without pumping them upside down.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-06-2008, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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You can get most of the oil out the lazy way, but not all.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-06-2008, 03:29 PM
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You just can't get the worst part of the oil out, you know the junk that likes to settle near the bottom. I would just take the forks out and do it right, it ain't that difficult of a job.

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-06-2008, 03:39 PM
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It's also harder to set the fork oil level accurately.

Really, pulling the tubes off the bike is very easy. Nobody believes me, but it's actually faster to pull the tubes and do the job right than it is to screw around with the siphon/suction methods. And if you do it at the same time as a front tire change it's a lot faster.

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