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Offline beech

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I have been looking through the threads, most deal with seal problems. I'm wondering if anyone has done the 18,000 mile, (30,000 k) service on the forks. It is just an oil change but the DVD has some rather expensive looking service tools required for the job and it looks amazingly complicated just to change the oil. The Kieth Code Superbike School service tech said it was a pain to do. If there is some experience out there It would be great to share. Looks like a 3 hour service at a dealer.

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Re: Fork oil change, electronic forks, 18,000 mile service
Reply #1 on: May 29, 2020, 02:45:47 PM
Old thread but what was the verdict?

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Re: Fork oil change, electronic forks, 18,000 mile service
Reply #2 on: June 01, 2020, 05:20:15 AM
Money maker for the shops. One told me to only do it at 24k miles. Comes out black. There is a video on the web on how to do it with out factory tools. Still a PITA. When it comes up for me. I'll remove the fork tubes and have the shop do it. Upside down tubes for ya. Stronger but expensive to service.
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Last Edit: June 01, 2020, 05:21:42 AM by beech

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Re: Fork oil change, electronic forks, 18,000 mile service
Reply #3 on: June 02, 2020, 09:00:35 PM
Please post up a link to the video you mentioned.  Thanks1

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Re: Fork oil change, electronic forks, 18,000 mile service
Reply #4 on: June 02, 2020, 09:08:27 PM
I was quoted by BMW dealer $1100 today for the 18k service.  Thatís a hefty price tag and plan on using my local Mech instead. :182:
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Re: Fork oil change, electronic forks, 18,000 mile service
Reply #5 on: June 03, 2020, 11:59:59 PM
I have been riding fo 60 years now and have meticulously maintained my bikes except in the one area being forks. Has anyone ever heard of fork tubes wearing out? I have not. Viscosity of fork oil does not change over time because the oil never gets hot, so it doesn't affect damping. The time to replace it is when you have to change a leaky fork seal IMHO.
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Re: Fork oil change, electronic forks, 18,000 mile service
Reply #6 on: June 04, 2020, 01:40:13 AM
*Originally Posted by Waldorf [+]
I have been riding fo 60 years now and have meticulously maintained my bikes except in the one area being forks. Has anyone ever heard of fork tubes wearing out? I have not. Viscosity of fork oil does not change over time because the oil never gets hot, so it doesn't affect damping. The time to replace it is when you have to change a leaky fork seal IMHO.

Yes I've heard of fork tubes and internal parts wearing out and viscosity of the oil changing. Even metal flakes in the black oil that comes out. Oil viscosity changes because the oil does in fact get hot.

So in summary everything you've stated is incorrect.

 



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