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    I just finished changing my fork oil on my nightster with only about 5300 miles on it .H-d says not unil 50,000 miles to change it !what!!!! man at only 5300 miles my fork oil was dirty as all hell !!!!!! metallic crap all in the oil! that oil was done big time!!!!! CHANGE YOUR FORK OIL !!!!!
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    Yep, gonna be changing mine. Er... filling mine.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Strat HD View Post
      Yep, gonna be changing mine. Er... filling mine.
      strat you`ll be amazed at how dirty your fork oil will be!!! when i raced i changed out the fork oil at least 6 to 8 times in the season!! the hard part is compressing the fork caps n getting them installed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by MOTOCROSSER View Post
        strat you`ll be amazed at how dirty your fork oil will be!!! when i raced i changed out the fork oil at least 6 to 8 times in the season!! the hard part is compressing the fork caps n getting them installed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Yeah, probably be a whole new ride.
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        • #5
          Strat,after i changed it n took it out for a ride i instantly noticed a difference !!!!
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          • #6
            Just normal wear guys!
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            • #7
              HD saying don't change it until 50k miles? Wow...Fork is like the shoulder of the bike! Better have good joints or else....
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              • #8
                50K miles is entirely to long to wait for a fork oil change...IMHO
                every season for me.......no exceptions....g
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                • #9
                  Agree...Bad HD call....
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gruss View Post
                    50K miles is entirely to long to wait for a fork oil change...IMHO
                    every season for me.......no exceptions....g
                    AND I do all the cables every other year.
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                    • #11
                      Changed mine at 2800 miles,,,looked like crap,,worked fine,,I wanted thicker thats all,,
                      Bike's an 08,,,musta sat alot before I got it,, gotta change the brake fluid out soon. An I don't care if'in it needs it..

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                      • #12
                        It's almost like gettin a new Sporty, when the forks work right!
                        At 11K, my old fork oil was nasty, thready and black. The new stuff makes a world of difference in how well it works.
                        Yearly for me, too. For sure!
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                        • #13
                          Yep fork Oil every year,,good idea. the crap ya see is the spring shedding material into the oil,,Like Crock said It's normal.
                          Don't forget your brake fluid,,,It's a water vacume,,every other year I think.
                          I still don't know the best tool or product to buy to lube cables, Dave said the clutch cable will drain into the primary,,so thats settled,,same Oil for the throttle ??
                          Also gotta invest In a belt tension guage,,,
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                          • #14
                            I ordered a socket for the top fork nut from HD, paid $22.00, and picked it up last night.
                            It's a Motion Pro tools part # 08-0139, fits HD touring bikes. It can be had from Amazon for about $16.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Osco* View Post
                              Yep fork Oil every year,,good idea. the crap ya see is the spring shedding material into the oil,,Like Crock said It's normal.
                              Don't forget your brake fluid,,,It's a water vacume,,every other year I think.
                              I still don't know the best tool or product to buy to lube cables, Dave said the clutch cable will drain into the primary,,so thats settled,,same Oil for the throttle ??
                              Also gotta invest In a belt tension guage,,,
                              I use gear lube with a little bit of graphite oil that I got from work. 70K+ on my dyna. I just changed out the clutch cable last year because I went with the different transmission.

                              An "eye dropper" bottle works well for this. Just disconnect the cable from the lever, hold it up and drop a few drops between the cable and housing.
                              It STILL don't make me no nevermind!
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