How much fork oil?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by Smitty2, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Smitty2

    Smitty2 Member

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    Bike is a 2004 XL883C
    How many oz. of fork oil in each leg for a wet change?
    2004 manual says 9 oz.
    2006 manual says 11.6 oz.
    Was wondering if the 04 manual has a mistake?
    Smitty2
     
  2. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    When I had my '07 Sportster I got conflicting info also, therefore since I did not have a leak in the forks, I measured what came out & put back the same. :s
     
  3. Elmosac

    Elmosac Active Member

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    My 07 FLHR manual calls the oil level to be set at a specific height from the top of the fork tube. You don't just put X oz. of oil in.

    There are many out there that will tell you it doesn't matter, just put in 10 oz. and call it a day. For me it isn't a big deal to do it by the book.
     
  4. Smitty2

    Smitty2 Member

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    Thank for the replies.
     
  5. fwcole

    fwcole Active Member

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    to an extent as long as theres enough too much wont hurt
     
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Too much fork oil could blow the seals. It also would make the front end very stiff too.
     
  7. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Easiest thing is to drain the fluid out of each fork and measure...as Glider says adding two much CAN blow seals and make fork too stiff, but 1 or 2oz over what you take out would probably not be overfilling. Measure them separately...you may be surprised to find out they may not be the same, but should be pretty close to 9-10oz...BTW I put in 9 oz in and used 7.5W Bel Ray and it was fine.
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    You would be surprised at what just 1/2 to 1 oz over specs does to a fork.:s