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I want to change the oil and adjust the front forks

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  • ian0718 Jul 17, 2010

    I want to replace oil in forks and adjust to suit my weight of 70kg.= 154lbs. Top of forks has ringed adjusting nut with centre screw. There are no markings on them.

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Hi,

Follow the below guide. The below guide is for 2006, however the same way you need to follow for 2005 with little or no adjustments at all :-

http://badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/32777/467975.html

For removing fork oil, You can waste your money and buy the tools from HD, or you can improvise and use things like ratchet straps as a spring compressor.

Few people have used :-

http://www.traxxion.com/detail-25.aspx

Reference to change it :-

http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/142838/442538.html?1236474150

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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Posted on Jul 17, 2010

  • ian0718 Jul 19, 2010

    Hi, Sorry but unable to open files.



    Ian

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    taran_2005 Jul 19, 2010

    Thanks for your response!!

    That's not a file.That's a link for webpage that have all the details. I have again checked these and it is working.Kindly copy and paste the links in the web browser and then enter click and hopefully this time you would be able to see the page.

    Let me know,if needed further assistance.

    Hope i helped you.

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Hi there,

First off, what a beautiful bike you have. Seriously cool.

Are you wanting to adjust the forks for faster or slower steering?

Change the oil by getting some type E oil. This is standard, although you have the choice between 5w and 10w. It depends on where you live and the climate, as well as the function you want from the oil. If you prefer a slower style of steering, use the heavier oil (10w), opposite for quicker steering. Some Buells have a oil drain on the fork, other you need to remove and tip upside down.Fill with 8oz or 4.57 inches from the top of the fork.

Harley's use type E oil, if you struggle to find some.

You can adjust the preload on the forks by turning the dial on the top of the forks. This depends on how much you weigh and where the weight is in comparison to the suspensions sag. Try a half turn at a time to get the right feel and the optimum sag ratio.

Hope this helps you in your quest to have better steering on your bike. Your vote really counts to me, thanks.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010

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    Dan Martin Jul 18, 2010

    The top of the forks, you undo the pinch bolt and turn the dial screw. I'd go for lighter oil, due to your weight and less preload (anit-clockwise), tighten up the center bolt.




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Put the oil in the primary chain inspection cover area (take the plate off that only has two screws in it) that way you can put the oil in when the bike is on the side stand .
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On the top of the fork you will find a screw (or clicker). Next to it will have the writing S - H, meaning Soft and Hard. This is the compression adjuster. Though in some cases this is found on the bottom of the fork - .
If you wind the screw in towards the 'H' (clockwise) the downward action of the fork will harden. Alternatively, if you wind the clicker out (anti clockwise) the fork will soften.
To get a good feel for the difference this can make, try winding both clickers all the way in, then go for a ride. Don't try and set any new Crusty records though... Once you have a good feel for that, try winding the clickers all the way out and compare the difference.
Make sure you don't leave them set on extreme hard, other than to get a better understanding of how it affects the bike. Long term it ain't good for the forks.
Now, on the bottom of the fork you will find the rebound adjuster. This determines how quickly the fork returns to its extended position after being compressed. Screwing the clicker in towards 'Hard' will slow the rebound speed down making it better for larger, rolling terrain or bumps.
Screwing the rebound adjuster out towards 'Soft' will increase the rebound speed making it better for smaller, rougher bumps.
Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

  • ian0718 Jul 16, 2010

    What I meant was, I want to replace the Fork oil

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REPLACING FORK OIL Replace front fork oil at every 20,000 mile (32,000 km) service interval and/or prior to storage.


ALL BUT FXDX & FXDXT models


Raise and support the motorcycle so the front end is off the floor and the forks are fully extended, on FXDL models, remove the center plug from each fork cap, on all other models, remove the fork tube caps, remove the drain screws from the bottom of each fork and drain the fork oil, replace the drain screws and washers and tighten the screws

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a. FXD, FXDXT, FXDWG models: install both fork tube caps and tighten them to 11-22 ft-lbs (14.9-29.8 Nm).

b. FXDL models: install center plugs and tighten until secure.


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Table 1-6. Type E Fork Oil Amounts for 2001 DYNA


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Raise and support the motorcycle so the front end is off the floor and the forks are fully extended, remove both front brake calipers and the front wheel, remove the front fender, remove the front fairing, remove the headlamp bracket and attach the headlamp to the frame using a rubber bungee strap, loosen the upper and lower triple clamp pinch bolts and pull the fork sides from the brackets.


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REPLACING FORK OIL Replace front fork oil at every 20,000 mile (32,000 km) service interval and/or prior to storage.


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