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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-08-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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What's your thoughts?

My bike has about 36k miles on it now and I was wondering about how often would you do a tear down for things like greasing the fork and swing arm bearings. Also how often oils it be advisable to change the oil in the forks and posibly rear shocks. I've been looking up how to's on all of this and it seemed like in every instance it's done simply becouase the bike is being rebuilt anyway. I was wondering how often preventive matince should be done on these things to minimize don time in the future.

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There's probably an interval in the manual for the forks, but I know of 30-40yr old bikes that have never had the forks serviced.

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If the forks have never been touched, I'd just go ahead and rebuild them and slap in some Progressive springs while you are at it. It seems to make a big difference to me in regards to ride comfort. It never hurts to do preventative maintenance when you have the time and money; you'll just thank yourself later.

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Thanks for the feedback.

What about pulling her apart for the stealing and swing arm bearings. Any ideas on when it would be a good idea to give thoes bearings a good repacking. In my experience its Easyer to grease what ya got than try and replace bearings and races.

Also would there be any outher serviceable bearings on the bike that I don't know about? Outher than the motor, with runs fine, and the drive train, all checked and lubed up, i don't see many outher moving parts on the bike. Then agine it's the one that you didn't know about that gives you problems down the road.

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Steering bearings can always use some fresh grease....but most don't bother till its too late.

Swingarm bushings are kinda sealed in, so unless there is play in the swingarm I'd leave them alone.

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There's probably an interval in the manual for the forks, but I know of 30-40yr old bikes that have never had the forks serviced.

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yeah and after 40 years the fork oil smells like putrid cat crap, and looks about the same.

it's easy to do... you can change the fork oil with forks on the bike. unless the seals are leaking I would leave them alone. use transmission fluid, it's much cheaper. just KNOWING I don't have putrified cat poop in my front forks makes me feel better the stuff really does get that bad. even changing the seals is an easy job.

word of advice: wait for winter! then go crazy with new fluids all around! bleed that brake too! spline lube and steering neck are good to do as well. coolant flush and fill.

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I've already done most of the major things this spring. I ride year round so theirs no off season for me to do a major tare down. I usaly stock up on parts and wait till I got a day or 2 off when I don't have anywhere I need to go. I had never thought of trans fluid for the forks, then again I've never worked on them befor. I got 36k on my ride and the seals are good, just would like to change the fluid befor I have problems. I know the forks have drain plugs built into them. I haven't been able to download the manual onto my iPod so I haven't really looked about how to change the fork oil yet. I was just wondering when it would be a good idea as to a interval on when to change it. I try to keep my bike in top shape since I depend on it for a daily driver.

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I have been using tranny fluid in my forks for nearly 40 years. never had a problem. never had any adverse handling. there has been much discussion on the subject! check online...

https://www.vn750.com/forum/archive/i...p/t-22233.html

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Hay thanks for the link. Once I figure out how much to put into the forks ill use dex2 ATF for my forks. My bikes all about budget.

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yeah and after 40 years the fork oil smells like putrid cat crap, and looks about the same.
Well I didn't say it would be good on a steak.

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