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Old 05-08-2006, 12:53 PM   #31
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what mcomstock said but i will add one small hint: break the fork caps loose before loosening the triple clamps. you also don't really need the special float tool although it may be worth having. i've always gotten by with a ruler and small flashlight. just pour in the approximate amount of oil, with the forks fully collapsed without springs and measure oil level from top of tube to top of oil. adjust as necessary. i just use a large syringe with plastic hose to suck out excess if necessary.
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If you do not loosen the top tripple clamp you may not be able to loosen the fork cap because it actually squeezes the pipe tight enough to hold the fork cap from turning. So loosen the top tripple clamp and keep the lower one tight. that should allow the cap to spin.
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Old 07-13-2006, 11:07 PM   #32
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Confused about fork oil level

Questions: I can't really tell in the WP manual where the outer tube is in realtion to the inner tube when measuring oil level, Can someone clarify this for me? Also what level is the piston at?

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Old 07-14-2006, 09:15 AM   #33
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Questions: I can't really tell in the WP manual where the outer tube is in realtion to the inner tube when measuring oil level, Can someone clarify this for me? Also what level is the piston at?

Thanks!
I guess you are talking about the sliding part of the fork? All the way down.

I might add that there are a lot of flakes from the springs that start to float around in the forks, they get into the valving and will affect how the forks work. The only way to get them in tip top shape is to take them apart and clean all the parts.

I weigh in at over 200 lbs., on the last cleaning I raised the oil level to 100 mm and that has solved the bottoming out problem for me. With the higher oil level the bike handles better now. New springs would be a better fix, so many things to do.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:47 AM   #34
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Sorry I was not very clear. Yes, I was asking if the lower fork is compressed all the way into the upper when you measure the oil level.

I am going to try 120 mm of air space even though I am a bit lighter at 170 I like to jump and I am hoping that I get a bit less dive on the street as well so that I can practice stoppies if I ever get the guts.
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Old 03-13-2007, 04:23 AM   #35
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Thanks MC and Randy for the tips. This is making sense to me now.
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Just waht I was looking for!. I must have spent a day looking for this information on the forum - (the manual is seriously scary) so I look forward to hearing of your experience. Please document the procedure in detail I'm sure others will apprecoiate it. (I'm on a 99 Duke!!)
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:31 PM   #36
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Gonna do this next weekend... thanks guys!

Everyone else should probably do it too... I'll take some photos of the innards.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:36 PM   #37
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Gonna do this next weekend... thanks guys!

Everyone else should probably do it too... I'll take some photos of the innards.
Here are some more links for you:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=339544

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=286065
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:01 PM   #38
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in the process of replacing the seals in mine. 10 k on them. i finally settled on 5.2 springs, stock valving and 145 mm oil level with 7.5 weight oil. The are the closest to factory works forks feel I have ridden. I rode one of the factory Dakar bikes a few years back and they were a good benchmark. I weigh in at 220 lbs. and I can not bottom them any more and they have a very compliant and progressive feel.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:49 PM   #39
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in the process of replacing the seals in mine. 10 k on them. i finally settled on 5.2 springs, stock valving and 145 mm oil level with 7.5 weight oil. The are the closest to factory works forks feel I have ridden. I rode one of the factory Dakar bikes a few years back and they were a good benchmark. I weigh in at 220 lbs. and I can not bottom them any more and they have a very compliant and progressive feel.


how did this work out for you?
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