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That would be factory fork oil that's 5 years old!

I had a day off to burn and decided to replace my fork oil. No drain plugs on my 06 so pulled the tubes off. Inverted the tube in a 5 gallon bucket and the fluid started coming out. First was somewhat clear followed by yellow. I started pumping the tube and everything after that was black.

Pretty nasty looking.

I added fresh ATF and pumped and drained a few times until it was a consistent color. I then added ATF and closed it up.

If you have not changed your fluid its really pretty simple and should be on your "to do" list. Cheap and easy is a good thing!

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+1 to a simple job. There's really not much to it once the forks are off. Nothing to be intimidated about at all.

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19 ounces of ATF (each fork) solved my "nose dive" on braking.

Front end feels a lot better now for my 6'2" 245Lb. carcass.

Its a simple job .....as long as you have a bike lift that is.

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19 ounces of ATF (each fork) solved my "nose dive" on braking.

Front end feels a lot better now for my 6'2" 245Lb. carcass.

Its a simple job .....as long as you have a bike lift that is.

Bike lift makes the job much easier..:smirk:

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That would be factory fork oil that's 5 years old!...

So I got a year left b4 doing the fork oil service on my '07!!! :smirk:

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Oh great, yet ANOTHER maintenance project on a bike I've owned for all of two months !!! :smirk:

I also have an '06, so I guess I need to look into this,too. Anyone know of any video tutorials for this "easy" job ?

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Oh great, yet ANOTHER maintenance project on a bike I've owned for all of two months !!! :smirk:

I also have an '06, so I guess I need to look into this,too. Anyone know of any video tutorials for this "easy" job ?

You will discover the 2006 does not have drain bolts on the lower fork tube (at least mine did not). Soooooo~

Raise / lift bike so you can remove the front wheel.

Get 17mm deep socket and break loose the fork caps.

Remove Phillips screw for speedo drive and cable clamp and disconnect.

Remove your front wheel (pinch bolts and 17mm axle bolt)

Remove wheel.

Remove two bolts for brake caliper and brake hose guide bolts and remove.

Have beer-

Loosen pinch bolts top / bottom for fork tube and remove.

Unscrew fork cap and hold inverted over 5 gallon bucked and drain / pump out old nasty fluid. When its all out hold upright and add some new ATF and pump the shock. Invert it over the bucket and pump the fluid out. Repeat until the ATF come out the same color it went in. I did it 3 times.

Wipe the tube off and add new ATF fluid. I used 19 ounces for mine . I put the fork tube in a padded vise and added fluid (no helper).

Screw the fork cap on and your done.

Put back together in reverse order.

Your shop rag with ATF fluid makes your rubber fork boots look new if you wipe them down with the oily rag.

100% improvement over the stock ride and fork action.

(Zero air pressure)

Torque values in Ft.Lbs for finishing the job~

Fork caps ~ 17

Top Pinch bolts~ 20

Lower pinch bolts~ 24

Front brake caliper bolts~ 22

Front axle~ 63

Axle pinch bolts (4)~ 9

Edited by cal50
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100% improvement over the stock ride and fork action.

Hmmm, that's a hard bargain. EZ maintenance task for a big ride improvement? I may have to tackle this the next rainy day.

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Really, ATF? I'm new to the forum and haven't heard of using ATF in place of standard fork oil. What is the weight equivalent?

I've got a new to me '00 that has not been ridden a lot but pretty much neglected in...everything.

So, it's safe to assume the fork oil is toast.

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That would be factory fork oil that's 5 years old!

I had a day off to burn and decided to replace my fork oil. No drain plugs on my 06 so pulled the tubes off. Inverted the tube in a 5 gallon bucket and the fluid started coming out. First was somewhat clear followed by yellow. I started pumping the tube and everything after that was black.

Pretty nasty looking.

I added fresh ATF and pumped and drained a few times until it was a consistent color. I then added ATF and closed it up.

If you have not changed your fluid its really pretty simple and should be on your "to do" list. Cheap and easy is a good thing!

Thanks for the informative post, Cal. :smirk: Is this bike an XR650L?

Spud :smirk:

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Many thanks for the detailed response,cal50. But,there are still a couple points left unclear. For example.....uh...what KIND of beer ? :smirk:

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Thanks for the informative post, Cal. :smirk: Is this bike an XR650L?

Spud :smirk:

2006 XR 560L and its about a one Heineken lob.

(Putting my new tires on was a 3 beer job and some swearing was involved)

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