The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > SPORTSTER MOTORCYCLE FORUM > Lubrication and Lubricants
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Lubrication and Lubricants You guessed. Here is where everyone can argue over oil.

Active Threads
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 3 Minutes Ago
Replies: 17,057
Views: 980,566
0 04 21" spoked wheel front brake upgrade kit
Last Post: Calcustom
Posted On: 17 Minutes Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 1
0 oil line routing 79 ironhead
Last Post: bobandy
Posted On: 22 Minutes Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 9,492
0 '81 Gasket/Rebuild Questions
Last Post: bobandy
Posted On: 50 Minutes Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 1
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: trainman
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 19,162
Views: 1,939,448
0 Forum member mug shots
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 1,182
Views: 354,300
0 THE Hockey Thread
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 4,043
Views: 272,408
0 KT - 2020 - Where Eagles Dare
Last Post: RDHenley
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 7,966
0 4 Speed Stator Replace
Last Post: connorneil13
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 292
0 Hot Rods, Rat Rods, and Customs.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 4,074
Views: 564,365
0 Polished rotor/brake pad compatability
Last Post: Firehawk
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 12
1 Sportster's they are just sexy
Last Post: Firehawk
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 2,018
0 Dynatek Ignition questions
Last Post: IronMick
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 90
Views: 2,032
0 Struggling with year??
Last Post: ohiodk
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 69
0 compression low?
Last Post: 93trident
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 696
0 Hello from the uk I just got my first Harley!
Last Post: Sugarsinner
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 203
0 ....1
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,381
Views: 317,299
5 1969 XLCH exhaust question
Last Post: Coz
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 366
0 I'm back...
Last Post: screndname
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 228
0 Generator removal
Last Post: brucstoudt
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 370
0 `83 XLX rebuid and questions thread
Last Post: brucstoudt
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 347
Views: 33,066
0 Random video thread.
Last Post: NLXL
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,395
Views: 185,538
5 RSD LED Indicator
Last Post: mk87ita
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 58
0 Snippets
Last Post: RDHenley
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 11,106
0 Converting from 1250 to 1275
Last Post: RDHenley
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 153
Views: 6,664
0 A Day in the Life...
Last Post: RDHenley
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 701
Views: 94,973
0 What engine oil do you use?
Last Post: Steve9
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 476
Views: 100,933
0 did the quiet baffle install short shots
Last Post: b0fh
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 465
0 Do people notice your bike?
Last Post: Iron Mike
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,224
Views: 342,415
0 1983 XLX--Back at it
Last Post: 83XLXCT
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 55
More...
Members Birthdays
DAKSY (68), dwagar (68), DaveDuff (59), chaserband (57), bigcraig74 (46)
Tags
fork oil change

Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 7th July 2019
Toejam503's Avatar
Toejam503 Toejam503 is offline
Air-Cooled Forever
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Dakota Territory
Posts: 2,907
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 1200 C
Sportster/Buell Year: 2006
Sportster/Buell Model #2: (Prev.Own)XLH Milw.Spec.
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1981
Reputation: 5686501
Toejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond reputeToejam503 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

"UPDATE" Rode the same 200 mile route, that I rode a few days before the 'Fork Oil Change' and am happy to tell you'all that it was smoother and didn't bottom out, like when you hit a chuckhole with a skinny 21" front wheel.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 13th July 2019
owlsplace owlsplace is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Buckland, MA
Posts: 219
Sportster/Buell Model: XLH 1000cc
Sportster/Buell Year: 1981
Reputation: 96573
owlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud of
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Toejam503 View Post
"UPDATE" Rode the same 200 mile route, that I rode a few days before the 'Fork Oil Change' and am happy to tell you'all that it was smoother and didn't bottom out, like when you hit a chuckhole with a skinny 21" front wheel.
Bravo... When I changed oil here I had to jack the front wheel off the ground to avoid fighting the springs. Not a big deal but not user-friendly either.
I may try this method next time. Or I may pull the forks and overhaul them and add easy-fill caps.


Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 13th July 2019
Hippysmack's Avatar
Hippysmack Hippysmack is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 5,892
Sportster/Buell Model: Xl1250S
Sportster/Buell Year: 98
Other Motorcycle Model: Kawasaki Vulcan 500
Other Motorcycle Year: 95
Reputation: 5566504
Hippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond reputeHippysmack has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Thanks for the update.
It's always good to hear when things go well.
__________________
Reference the XLFORUM'S Sportsterpedia for additional technical information & advice

In Search of Fuel, Sunshine and a Steady Idle.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 13th July 2019
Bluto Bluto is offline
Flat Track Racer
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: California
Posts: 228
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2008
Reputation: 750504
Bluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond reputeBluto has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Another minor note, the fork drain screws are JIS, NOT phillips and it is very easy to strip the heads using a Phillips driver. If you don't have JIS bits or drivers in a pinch you can grind the tip of a Phillips bit and it will fit JIS screws much better. This difference has been causing grief when working on Japan sourced bikes and parts (like Showa forks) for many years...some info below from a tool vendor.

http://rtstools.com/jis-vs-phillips-...s-screwdriver/
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 5th August 2019
Lone Rider's Avatar
Lone Rider Lone Rider is offline
Senior Chief Know It All 1st Class
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,158
Sportster/Buell Model: 1200
Sportster/Buell Year: 2003
Reputation: 766795
Lone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond reputeLone Rider has a reputation beyond repute
Default

When I do a fork oil replacement I like to remove the forks, pull the caps empty the oil then fill with tranny fluid (Cheapest I can find) and work the fork up and down then pour out the dirty tranny fluid and repeat until clean, put in some fork oil and work that up and down a couple of times to get the tranny fluid out then fill (with correct amount) with fresh oil.
__________________
"Throw off those chains of reason and your prison disappears" Neil Peart
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 6th August 2019
owlsplace owlsplace is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Buckland, MA
Posts: 219
Sportster/Buell Model: XLH 1000cc
Sportster/Buell Year: 1981
Reputation: 96573
owlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud ofowlsplace has much to be proud of
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Rider View Post
When I do a fork oil replacement I like to remove the forks, pull the caps empty the oil then fill with tranny fluid (Cheapest I can find) and work the fork up and down then pour out the dirty tranny fluid and repeat until clean, put in some fork oil and work that up and down a couple of times to get the tranny fluid out then fill (with correct amount) with fresh oil.
Like that... May have to try it.

Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 00:53.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC