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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby LRCXed » Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:22 am

I had the same problem finding 20W fork oil. Even the after market bike shops didn't carry it. Lucky for me, one of the Honda shops carried it. Use the phone to find it. Most shops don't carry over 15W.
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby I'm going to GL » Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:56 am

Same here, the only place that had it was the mega combo dealer a few towns over. Even my local Honda-only dealer had max of 15w.
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby Gman » Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:05 am

You are not in a rush so sometimes it's easier just to get stuff off Ebay,

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37.l1313&satitle=20w+fork+oil&category0=

I do this many times and when you take into account gas used to find something it can work out cheaper :mrgreen:

Larry has explained in his post where the inch thing has come from e.g the progressive forks manufacturuer's instructions.As I've never used these all I know is the standard fill-up amount for my CXs.
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby Blindstitch2002 » Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:27 pm

I'm going to make one more attempt to get the fork oil locally but thats only because the Harley dealer 2 miles away is having a block party or street party or whatever you want to call it. Im curious what's going on there so I figured I would stop by after work tonight. If that doesn't work I'm just going to order some online. Not a fan of paying for shipping when I should be able to get it locally.
Does anyone have a favorite brand or know of a good one. I was looking at Maxima because it's cheap but if i'm going to pay for shipping I mise well get the best if there is a best.
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby Gman » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:50 pm

Our brands over here will be different.The one I get from one of my Local bike shops os Putoline.Dunno if it's top stuff but it works.Also just looking at your prices even with postage you get it cheaper than over here.500ml cost $12 over here!!

You get double that for the same price :(


Like engine oil i'd be tempted to try the cheap stuff in the knowldege I can change it more often.As I answered before yes oil does degrade even when not used but that would take a lot of years like when these bikes have been abandoned for 15 years etc.
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby Blindstitch2002 » Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:52 pm

Well I got some. My brother picked it up at the Harley dealer 300miles away and drove it down to me for the weekend. I check the harley dealer here and all they had it in Fork Oil E and Fork Oil Heavy. Wonder what that means. Either way I got a liter and I'm sure that's enought to do 3 times with some left over.
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby kingston73 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:32 am

I had the same problem where I live, only dealer near me is Harley and like you found out, they don't label their fork oil with the weight, just street, heavy, and extra heavy or something like that. I have the "Heavy" in my forks, I wonder, do any of you have any idea what that equals in oil weight? I asked the Harley guys, they had no clue and acted like it was a weird question, and I haven't been able to find the answer online. Somebody's got to know, right?
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby Gman » Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:03 am

In the UK my 20w oil also has a,"Heavy" legend on the bottle.The 10w is the light and the 15w the medium.



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I've said ir before and I'll say it again.This is the single,cheapest and best thing I've ever done to my CXs e.g changing the crappy ATF fluid for proper fork oil.Totally different bike IMHO.

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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby Blindstitch2002 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:35 am

This is what I found from searching

Fork Oil - 16oz. Type E 5wt. Type E is for "Showa" forks.Part # 99884-80

Fork Oil - 16oz. Type B 10w. Fork Oil - See owners manual for recommended style. Part # 99880-73

Screamin’ Eagle® Performance Fork Oil - A heavier oil (15wt) provides extra damping in performance application. Part # 99881-87 . Works well to take the dive out of the front end on breaking.

Screamin’ Eagle® Racing Fork Oil - Designed and blended for the severe conditions on the race track (20wt). Not intended for street use.
Part # 99909-93R

Just order it online or call around. Sometimes paying a bit extra it worth it. In this case it worked great for me.
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Re: Improve Your Braking

Postby Blindstitch2002 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:38 am

Bel Ray makes a host of different weight oils to do this also available in 5wt, 7wt, 10wt, 15wt, 20wt and 30wt.
Seems to be really good fork oil. I recommend it over ATF fluid.
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