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  • Premier Icon Coyote
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    Going to attempt a service on my Marzocchi Z3 forks at the weekend. does anyone have any recommendations for oil?

    Taff
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    Rock Oil or Silkolene are fine. Just make sure the weight is the correct one from your service guide.

    Premier Icon mboy
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    Putoline also good… As are some other brands not yet mentioned yet but I can't think right now.

    Just make sure it's fully synthetic Motocross fork oil you're buying, not the cheaper stuff.

    Oh, and for a Marzocchi fork, unless you're very light or very heavy, it'll be 7.5wt fork oil you need.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Silkolene comes in pretty colours, so I use it. Though I seem to remember a rumour that silkolene doesn't mix with Marzocchi seals- I strongly suspect it's cobblers but you never know.

    Trouble is that fork oil viscosity actually varies wildly from manufacturer to manufacturer, so 2 different manufacturers' 5W doesn't neccesarily perform the same.

    (oh, also note that if you need 7.5, and you can't find it, you can't make it with a 50/50 mix of 10W and 5W- the mix is different, though I can't recall what the correct ratio is)

    (oh, also note that if you need 7.5, and you can't find it, you can't make it with a 50/50 mix of 10W and 5W- the mix is different, though I can't recall what the correct ratio is)

    Though i should add…in terns of the cSt of a fluid (which is what you should go by, not the WT) then a 50/50 mix of fluids will give a cSt halfway inbetween.

    In fact here is a mix chart for silkolene rsf…
    http://www.peterverdonedesigns.com/files/Silkolene%20Mix%20Chart.pdf

    And here is where my oil come from…
    http://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_cat/810
    Quite cheap considering free delivery for 3 pots.

    Anywhere cheaper for silkolene?

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