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08 stock damper questions

1) Can anyone help out by providing some quick detail on how to bleed the stock damper and how to refill it with the new oil?

2) What grade oil? Some people are saying use motor oil (10W40) while others are saying use fork oil, whats the better option?

Thanks, my 6R didnt really have a need for a damper and the MV's damper works great stock, so really appreciate some feedback on this. Thanks guys!!
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Search! there are several good threads with pictures that show the complete process in detail. You want to use fork oil, not motor oil, are you nuts?


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Heres probably the best one, and the one I was talking about.

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Why not use motor oil is there a reason for this, i am just curious as whats the difference in using fork oil and motor oil
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Search! there are several good threads with pictures that show the complete process in detail. You want to use fork oil, not motor oil, are you nuts?
thanks for the links man. Not nuts, just going off what has been stated in the forums thus far about the 08 damper. Infact some guy actually spoke to an ohlins rep and apparently he recommended using 40 wt motor oil!

I tried searching but couldn't find any how-tos, but thanks for the link!!
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i used motor oil in my 08 dampner and in a buddies 07 as well no problems and it makes it 1000 times better than stock...... why would anyone be "nuts" for using motor oil.....??? the dampner is not a 10000lbs jack that needs spcl hydlic fluid

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We've found the stock un-molested damper to work fine on the track. The '06-'07 we changed out entirely.
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We've found the stock un-molested damper to work fine on the track. The '06-'07 we changed out entirely.
Was not aware there was a difference Can you cross reference part numbers?

About the motor oil, that just sounds like a cheap way out, there are aditives that are put in motor oil to make it have different properties depending on different situations, not saying it would not work, but why not spring for some 10$ fork oil, and know that you got a oil that is intended for suspension components, well either way, thicker oil will make the damper better


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Was not aware there was a difference Can you cross reference part numbers?

About the motor oil, that just sounds like a cheap way out, there are aditives that are put in motor oil to make it have different properties depending on different situations, not saying it would not work, but why not spring for some 10$ fork oil, and know that you got a oil that is intended for suspension components, well either way, thicker oil will make the damper better
i tried heavy fork oil in the 07 and in the 08 and did not make it stiff enuf for my liking on the track or street.....and so i called ohlins and a tech rep there told me that i should use 10w-40 motor oil because kawa makes ohlins sign a agreement that the stock dampner will only have a certain degree of adjustment....... so he said i would have to put in a really thick fork oil to change it alot ...or i could just go to walmart spend $3 on some cheap motor oil and it would work just as good or better then heavy fork oil and would save me some cash.......so i took he advice and saved a couple bucks and it works great......try the motor oil ...what do you got to lose but $3......

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A run down on a stiff damper!!!!!
ok so you on you favorite back road with your new and improved {I use the term loosely}damper, with your 90w gear oils stuffed in that bad boy! and your thinking to yourself, this thing is so stiff nothing can stop me now! you hit a bump on your drive out of your apex and get some head shack, but you stay on he the gas cuz nothing can stop you now! YOU GOT 90W in that Damper!!! but the ONE thing you NEVER want A damper to do it does, you see yours is so stiff it has no other option!! it called "transference" it brakes down like this, a head shack or hell even a tank slapper is OKAY! {yeah I know sound like bull shit} but it's a part of your suspension!! it's the bike trying to right itself from a wrong you caused! now with a properly adjusted Damper this whole thing would just play itself out and all would be good...BUT you in your infinite wisdom,and a spare bottle of crude oil got other things in mind, so it begins!... your head shake starts small then it gets bigger but all the force it's creating has no were to go! you see with your STIFF damper you just married your head shake to your frame!! now like electrical current it is looking for the path of less resistance...AND HEY....it just found it! and "IT" is out through the rear tire!! sooooo now your bike starts to wag it's tail like a dog, but only this dog is wagging it's head at the same time! now THIS DOG just turned into the main event at a world class rodeo and your sitting on a Bull named Highside!

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