Any tips welcome

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by gator508, May 9, 2012.

  1. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Hi Everybody,

    I am planning on doing a fork oil change out in the next several days and looking for tips from those with experience.

    2008 FXSTC, which has the wide Glide front end. The drain screws are at the bottom of the forks, My service manual says to replace these, is that really necessary, can they be reused?
    Once I get the bike on the lift and remove the fork cap, is the spring still under a lot of tension, or just a little.
    Oil choice, I was advised by HD to get SE fork oil, anyone use it, or is a heavy duty oil just as good?

    Any tips etc will be appreciated since I have never performed this service before, btw, the bike only has 19K on it and is early for this service, but the amount of fork travel seems to have increased, so on advice from HD I wiil change out the oil.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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  3. 89stroker

    89stroker Active Member

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    To answer your question about drain screws, yes you can reuse them. I have reused on several different bikes many times.
    As for taking the caps off, if it is anything like my '99 fxst (which I am certain it is) there is no tension from the springs on the caps.
     
  4. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    STEVE07

    Thank you sir, the tips will be usefull when I do this, never thought about pulling a slight vac on the fork to get all the oil out!
     
  5. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Thanks 89stroker,
    That is what I thought. It's been over 30 years since I serviced forks and that was on my Yammy.
     
  6. 89stroker

    89stroker Active Member

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    No problem.
    The forks on the fxst models are way easy to service.
     
  7. Nightowl

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    Looks like you have been well covered on the procedure. I just did my FLSTC, which I bought used, and you will be pleased with the results. A real improvement in the front end handling.
     
  8. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    If you have a mighty vac, the quick change is the way to go. Drain them, measure the liquid, pull a vacuum, pull the new oil in. Replace the drain pugs and you are done. Once you get the rig put together, it takes no time at all. You can also try different weight oils.
     
  9. PigSnot

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    Pic attached in Word Doc

    PS: the vacuum draws the oil in . . .
     

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  10. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I have planned to use my vacuum bleeder to pull a slight vac on the fork, should make things faster.

    Again thanks!