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Fork Oil Change

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Old 06-25-2011, 12:30 AM   #1
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Fork Oil Change

Hey Guys,
Got the front end of my A1 apart whilst I'm replacing front disks and rebuilding the brake calliapers. No idea when the fork oil was changed so thought it might be a good time.
I've got the workshop manual and notice a couple of specialist tools are required to dismantle the forks. Are these really needed to do the job at home or should I get my trusty mechanic to do the job.
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:26 AM   #2
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I read some folks have done fork oil change themselves with some home made tools, as for me I rather take it to my mechanic to get it done, he is certified by Race Tech & Ohlins so he knows these forks like there is no tomorrow. I am sure its not hard but if I have not done it then I don't want to mess with it. I will have my mechanic do it so I can watch him do it then I will probably do it myself from there on

Here is a link that someone posted with pictures on changing fork oil on ZX12R but some reason pictures are gone....

Here is a video of how to do it.....

Here is another video: doesn't look too bad to do

   
 
Old 06-27-2011, 02:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the links. Doesn't look to hard but taking your advice and getting the man to do it. May as well get the seals done too.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:33 AM   #4
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I am by no means a mechanic but I am tight on money so I did my zx6 seals a few years ago. I was petrified but $30 in parts compaired to the $$ at the dealer to do it. First fork took me about 2hrs to do ( minus the bike assembley/reassembley ) and that involved a 15 ride to swap out for the right seals. Once I got it together, I did the second fork in 15 min. was not hard at all. I had no specialty tools. Only thing I remeber that was special was pressing the seals in asked for a special tool, how ever I had been advised to use a large socket the size of the seal and a hammer to tap it in. also mark your forks before you take them off so you know were to return them. Turned out to be a very simple thing to do. Hardest part was finding a way to hold the bike up so I could take it apart. I used a heavy duty A frame ladder and some rachet straps to the frame.
   
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