Fork oil change,miles or years?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Semmessporty, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. Semmessporty

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    2007 883L. Bought new 3 year ago. 6 thousand miles, only ride weekends. My factory manual says fork oil change 20,000 miles. Will take 8-10 years to reach that. Should I wait to 20 grand or change every few years. Scoot is garage kept and well taken of.:worthy
     
  2. glider

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    At least every other year. You'll see why when you drain it out.
     
  3. 59Panhead

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    do it ever year or so! its only about 6 - 7 oz of fork oil on each side for a wet drain + refill
     
  4. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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  5. Hoople

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    Boy, things have changed since 1959. 53oz for the pair of legs on my bike.:p
     
  6. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    For all you folks lucky enough NOT to have a cartridge in the left side, I would just changing out the fluid EVERY year with all the rest of the stuff you do. With straight springs in both sides, changing the fluid is a snap! Well, baggers are a bit more involved, but NOT like the goofy cartridge mess!!

    TQ
     
  7. Hoople

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    Only 1 side is cartridge? How strange is that..

    So as long as you have the long spring in each leg, your not "cartridge" style correct? tks
     
  8. RickyBobby

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    Change fork oil? You bet. It was the single best thing I did to improve my Dynas handling.
    I went about it a little oddly though. I had the clunck develop in less than a 1000 miles. Installed upgrade washer and to the new torque specs. Got rid of that, but I still had the heavy dipping on hard braking and over light bumps and ripples you could feel in the bars a sort of vibration feeling.
    Well, my right side fork tube started to pick up road dirt and dust on the tube. I would wipe it away every day after riding. I decided it was time to install a new seal. Actually I bought two. I set the bike on the jack and took the forks apart. Dumped out the original Showa factory oil that I could see was pretty weird looking. I installed new seals and filled the legs to exact factory measurement specs. Installed spacer and springs and reassembled front end. I never did measure out what the oil quantity was as it came with the bike. I wish I had, because what a difference. Either the quantity was incorrect, the weight of that fish oil or something, because I could tell right off that the front end was greatly improved over what I had been having to deal with. Since the seals could not do it, the springs are the same, I have to say the Type E fluid and the correct quantity made a big, big difference. I never did figure the quantity, but it is a lot. I bought 4 qts of the fork oil and ended up with only a 1/2 quart left. They take a lot of oil. Using the measuring spec does the trick though. :)
     
  9. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Here is how goofy this is:

    FRONT FORK-LEFT (FAIRING MODELS) - 2003 Harley Davidson Touring Ultra Classic Electra Glide FLHTCUI

    FRONT FORK-RIGHT - 2003 Harley Davidson Touring Ultra Classic Electra Glide FLHTCUI


    Fairing bikes only in the '02-'05 series. Here is how to get rid of 'em:

    Cartridge Fork Elimination. - Harley Davidson Community

    TQ
     
  10. Hoople

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    I would have never guessed. Great exploded views. Tks!