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Front suspension bottoms out

I had front suspension oil leak had it fixed on my 2005 harely-davidson FLHRC and now ride is so rough and front suspension bottoms out all the time ????

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Add more fluid to the front forks, start with one ounce at a time, thats all it is but dont over fill them or your ride will be too stiff.

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