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post #1 of 6 Old 05-24-2017, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Fork oil change gen 3

I'm thinking of doing a fork oil change on my gen 3.

A couple of questions for those who know more than me...

Can I just remove fork legs, pop the caps drain and pump all the oil out and then replace with same volume?

For UK owners... I want to put in slightly lighter oil than stock... what is a lighter oil available in this part of the world.

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The short answer is no. In order to remove all the oil (especially since you're considering changing viscosity) you have break down the fork so you can pump all the oil out of the cartridge. Also the proper way to measure oil volume is to measure the air gap in the fork. The owners manual give you the proper steps to to measure the level.
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That is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks chiffeee.

Any one suggest an oil with a higher viscosity?
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This is the WORST thing you could do. Yes you will remove the oil, but all the sludge and gunk that sits in the compression valving will stay which will create more aggravation and issues later down the road. You mention in your other post you're on a budget, but by taking these shortcuts and not understanding what you're accomplishing you are putting yourself in jeopardy.
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This is the WORST thing you could do. Yes you will remove the oil, but all the sludge and gunk that sits in the compression valving will stay which will create more aggravation and issues later down the road. You mention in your other post you're on a budget, but by taking these shortcuts and not understanding what you're accomplishing you are putting yourself in jeopardy.
I hear what you're saying and thanks for saying it. Looks like it will be a full strip down to get them properly cleaned.
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