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Old 04-07-2010, 06:40 PM   #1
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Arrow An alternative to fork oil?

is that a stupid question, or can i use something else? i searched this on here and on google, so sorry if this is a repost. just wondering if i can use somethin else besides goin to the shop and buying fork oil. i wouldnt get there in time anyways.. thanks
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is that a stupid question, or can i use something else? i searched this on here and on google, so sorry if this is a repost. just wondering if i can use somethin else besides goin to the shop and buying fork oil. i wouldnt get there in time anyways.. thanks
umm.. I wouldn't put anything in my forks to "substitute" for actual fork oil. That could make a drastic difference in how your front end handles. Don't get in a hurry and pour something like vegetable oil in your forks or something like that. Do it right.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:47 PM   #3
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^^^i've heard of peeps use Dextron III; but i wouldnt know what weight that converts out to.

Im sure like any other oils, there are detergants and additives to keep the valve clean etc. Lubrication and hydraulic dampening arent the only reasons the fluid is important.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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I know the chf 11s bmw hydraulic/steering fluid is 20wt (used that to fill my stock damper on the 1000) made it feel just right .. Thanks bmw for helping me out on the cheap!

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Old 04-07-2010, 07:04 PM   #6
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I know the chf 11s bmw hydraulic/steering fluid is 20wt (used that to fill my stock damper on the 1000) made it feel just right ..
They do sell this at orielly's and autozone. You have to ask for it, they don't have it on display, but sure as have it in the back.
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you mean the dealer, right?

Cuz that chit is sold for around 35 dollars a can
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alright cool, headed to autozone now. thank you all
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just call them. I wouldnt bet on them having it. Where are you located?
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:22 PM   #10
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alright cool, headed to autozone now. thank you all
Pentosin is the other name they use for it. Orielly's is the easier place to find it.
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Seemingly minor changes in viscosity can equal big damping differences, particularly with the small passages usually found in stock valve stacks. Stiction and seal/bushing life can be an issue as well without the right composition. I'm religious about using the right fork oil. My preference used to be Redline, but I think they quit selling it and there are other good brands. If your forks aren't damping properly, they're not keeping the tire firmly planted. I wouldn't fool around - it's not like engine oil. The fork oil viscosity and composition has a direct effect on the compression and rebound characterisics of the forks. When I was crew chief on an endurance team, we were using a blend of two viscosities of the Redline just to fine tune for what the riders needed on the longer races. Use the recommended stuff.
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Quit bein fkn cheap and just go get fork oil Steven.
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all good points. i live in liverpool. its passed alvin on 35.
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OMG pls do not fill forks with that.. Fork oil is stupid cheap in comparison. Plus this stuff is way thicker than 5wt fork oil. It would make a bike handle like
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Way back in he 70's I did read some where that you can use automatic tranny fluid.

The concern was the fork seal can not take petroleum based fluid

Automatice tranny fluid at least back in the day was not petrol based.

I think it may have been vegtable based

I no longer recall

Agreed this disregards fluid properties versus damping functions
Bascially it should not hurt the bike, based on info from the 70's, as for handling who knows. here viscosity is important.
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You are asking for trouble in many forms if you dont use the right fork oil bro, read the above posts and think about it. Fork oil is only about $12 bucks a quart. Would you put brake fluid in your radiator?
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I pee fork oil. Want me to come over?
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