- 5wt and 15wt suspension oil for my pikes
Halfords is unlikely to have oil as low weight as 5wt. Motorbike shops are the best. You can use 5wt throughout, as long as you do the lowers service often the weight isn’t too critical. I use various leftover 10-20wt oils in the lowers of forks which I have leftover from previous applications. You can even use motor oil in the lowers.Posted 8 years ago
woop if they have it in stock!!Posted 8 years ago
racing_ralph – the 5wt oil is unlikely to be the same rating as the oil RS fit in the fork. You could tell the difference if you put in 10wt v 5wt but 1/2wt difference is irrelevant. Fact is the old oil is likely to be heavily degraded so your mix will feel alot better.
It won’t **** up your forks, its a push bike with a person on it, not a crane or a tank! Alot of suspension tuning relies on changing fork oil weights!
They don’t mix like a normal ratio. Afaik you need less of the higher wt oil in the mix than a normal ratio. The actual calculation can be found on the web somewhere. But as I’ve said, it’s irrelevant.Posted 8 years ago
Hehe, thanks I think! If you are pulling pikes apart on a diy basis you may find it better to change the damper oil by removing the damper rod from the bottom of the uppers – just remove the circlip. The normal method of removing the motion control damper from the top of the fork works fine BUT the assembly is quite sensitive and fragile, quite likely you’ll find it’ll leak after reassembling and you won’t have spare seals to fit.
If you do it my method make sure you allow some time for any oil to empty from the damper still in the top of the fork – leave the lock out function set off.
However if they already leak (like most do) then ignore me. ;o)Posted 8 years agozangolinMember
Enduro Bearings + fork seals website has a nice pictorial guide to servicing Pikes (duel air ones). They recommend multigrade 5w-40 synthetic oil.Posted 8 years ago
The multi-viscosity, fully synthetic motor oil we chose to use is made by Amzoil®. Any other reputable brand is acceptable. Note that RS recommends straight 15wt oil. This is OK, but the oil recommend sticks to the parts better and provides better performance.
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