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Buy some graduated plastic containers let all air out of forks put new empty container below forks and let it drip into bowl then pump forks up and down a couple times and this sounds squirt out the rest. now you now...but if you had a leak this will just be a ball park figure only. repeat same procedure for other fork...the forks on my bike do take different amounts!

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