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What is the specs for the fluid that the forks use

I had to have my forlks worked on, in need to know What is the exact specs for the fluid that I need to put back in the forks??

Also, can you use regular oil or should you always use the recommended oil from the dealer???

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Best is to use recommended OEM fork oil in the SAE10 or SAE15 range like Castrol Fork oil-10 or Fork oil-15, as number gets higher so is the viscocity and harder it on rebounding. When filing the fork do not over fill as it would make the fork response very stiff and blow out your seals. Good enough free advise?

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