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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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How often do you change the fork oil?

Changed the fork oil in the bike yesterday to Amsoil 5W, took it for a ride & seems to be a bit smoother than what it had in it before. Oil that was in it was a black with a bit of gray color, screws in the bottom didn't have any locktite on them so it must have been done before. Noticed that the manual doesn't recommend a change interval so wondering how often do you guys & gals change yours?



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I refurbish my forks every 20K miles or so. You won't know whats going on inside your forks if you don't take them apart. Here's what my lower slide bushing looked like at 20K or so miles.






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I refurbish my forks every 20K miles or so. You won't know whats going on inside your forks if you don't take them apart. Here's what my lower slide bushing looked like at 20K or so miles.






all I see is some black paint warn off. there doesn't seem to be any brass missing (warn off )from the body.
the manual has no service interval on the front forks. If you do nothing to them , Honda will warranty all problems.

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Change my fluid every year. New bushings and seals every other year. 1 year for me equals around 25,000.

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Steve, I have the Traxxion full monty (whatever that means these days) and I believe they recommend every 20,000 or 24,000 miles. For me that means once a year and I am not up to that so I'll probably do it every other year...unless I notice an appreciable decrease in handling.

Besides a better handling bike, keeping the suspension right will save money in tires. I haven't had a cupped tire since installing the Trax.
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all I see is some black paint warn off. there doesn't seem to be any brass missing (warn off )from the body.
the manual has no service interval on the front forks. If you do nothing to them , Honda will warranty all problems.

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That's not paint that's worn off, it's the teflon coating that covers the copper slide bushing. With the teflon coating wore off you have metal to metal sliding together and that will cause the lower fork legs over time and miles to egg out, causing a sloppy fit between the lower fork leg and the fork tube. Once that happens the lower fork leg...and maybe the fork tube will have to be replaced.

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Change it if it makes you feel good changed my first fork oil and bushings at over 60k i saw no evidence of worn bushings or such yours may differ

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