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« on: September 01, 2010, 04:55:24 PM »

can anyone tell me what the measurement is for the fork oil is with the forks fully compressed and springs out? 
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 07:03:58 PM »

According to the manual each side takes 270ml if the oil was just drained or 320ml if everything was just disassembled and cleaned.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 08:45:20 PM »

Thanks for the reply. I actually saw that in the manual.  I saw a procedure online somewhere that gave a measurement in milimeters that is taken with the springs out and the forks fully compressed.  This makes it a little more accurate of a measurement in my opinion since you may not have the forks completely drained. If this were the case you could have a different amounts of oil in each fork. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 08:51:13 PM »

I think for now I will set it at 160mm, reassemble and add 5 lbs of air.  Then I can go for a ride and reassess. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 11:54:14 PM »

Okay, I changed my fork seals and put new oil in.  I filled it to about 158 mm from the top of the forks with the forks fully compressed and springs out.  I reassembled the fork and added 5psi of air.  The front end felt kind of spongy so I upped the air to 12 psi.  It still feels spongy to me. 

I have a couple questions now.  First, how should a properly set up front end feel.  When I give the bike a little roll and apply the front brake it seems to compress the forks quite a bit.  What would normal compression be for just applying the brake after slightly rolling the bike forward?  I have never ridden a bike or worked on one before this one, so I don't really know what to expect.  Second, what effect would the fluid level have on the stiffness of the forks.  I guess what I am asking is should I add more fluid to stiffen it or should I remove some fluid? 

I am taking the bike out to the sand dunes for the weekend and heading out in the morning, so I appreciate what ever responses I get.

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 05:37:34 AM »

Sounds like you might want to try a heavier weight fork oil. What did you use this time?

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 07:16:45 AM »

I went with ATF just because of the cost factor and this being my first time doing fork seals.  Guess I will run down to the local shop and have my buddy look at it before I do anything.  He can give me his opinion on if my little klr is "normal" or "spongy".  Then if he thinks I need to stiffen my forks I will purchase a heavier weight fork oil (the real stuff this time).  Thanks for the input Bryan!  I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!  I had a suspicion that I would have to change out the oil but I wanted to hear it from someone else first.   banghead banghead banghead

I would still like to hear about the effects of the fluid level on the dampening rate.   thinking... I'm going to head to the dunes in just a few hours.  If I don't hear anything by the time I leave its no big deal, I'll just run the bike as is.  Thanks again for all of the input so far.   
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2010, 10:47:34 AM »

I talked to my buddy at the Motorcycle shop and had him ride it.  He said that it feels good, so I am going to take his word for it and ride it as is.  I will see how it goes and post an update next week.   Ride on! Ride on! Ride on!
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2010, 03:28:56 AM »

on page 12-3 of the service manual supplement oil level is 190 +-2mm (fully compressed, without spring) lurker
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