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Dave, I usually measure the amount of fork oil that drains out of each fork and replace with that same amount. In my experience this is not necessarily a critical spec. All bikes are different, however. Many owners and mechanics will experiment with differing amounts and weights of oil. You may consult your dealership and try to get within a couple ounces of spec. Herb.

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SOURCE: Ammount of oil in forks

sae 10 lh/rh14/14 fl. oz.

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SOURCE: i need to get new fork seals and cant find out

Go to this site and you can download a free PDF service manual. There is a '76 manual there. It is close enough to your '78 to be extremely helpful as not much of anything changed in those two years. The listing just says "Suzuki GS750 ". Page 90 has a diagram. Page 93 says to mix 50/50 10w30 motor oil and standard ATF (automatic transmission fliuid) for the fork oil. You do not need to tear down the forks to install a new seal and the seal can be installed without the special tool.
www.carlsalter.com/motorcycle-manuals.asp

Go to the site below where you can see a parts diagram for your specific bike. You will select the actual brand, year, model, etc., once you go to the site. Part numbers and prices are also shown. You can order parts from this site. In the event no price is shown on a particular part, the part is not in stock. www.babbittsonline.com/pages/parts/viewbybrandand/parts.aspx

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SOURCE: Fork oil is leaking

It's not difficult, but is messy and needs a special tool or a bit of ingenuity.
You could save yourself a bunch of cash by stripping them off, cleaning them, emptying the existing oil out and cleaning out the fork - then whip it into your local shop for a seal replacement and top up.

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SOURCE: I changed the fork seals but i dont know how much

fork oil type -fork oil#10, oil capacity each leg 388 ml for E-01,28 33 models and 392 ml for the other models standard oil level 142mm for E-01,03,28,33 138mm for the other models

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SOURCE: How much fork oil do I put in my gsxr 600 ,1999?

if you go to CARL SALTERS MANUALS you will be able too down load all the service manuals for the GSXR600 1999 for free and it will give you exact messurements plus diagrams it has absolutely everything that you will ever need or want to know wish you the best with your bike have a 750 gixxer myself what a machine take care bud

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