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Old 05-02-2006, 07:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil level in fork, Wide Glide?

Hi! Hope someone can help me with this. I have to change oil in my forks (Wide Glide -01) and my Swedish instruction-book says 2,7 dl (9,1 oz) and my Haynes service-book says 3,6 dl (12 oz). -So, what is correct??? And can I use regular fork-oil (japanese style) or do it have to be "Harley"?
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just changed mine (97 WG)I put in 9.5 Fl Ounces I used Screamin Eagle oil this time, tho have used *** in the past with no probs.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Haynes books are crap. Get the correct Harley Service Manual for your model and year from your dealer. Worth every penny. They will have the correct values and proceedures. Good luck...
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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-Yes, I have thougt that out already. Thatīs why I asked this question. The first incorrect fact in Haynes was how to check oil-level in the engine. "Do not push the oilstick-cap all the way in..." -Yea right..... Thats why i donīt trust the book. I will get the orginal book, but tomorrow I have to change the fork-oil so I turned to you! (This forum seems to be great, with alot of minding people!!!)
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well my book says 9.2 fl oz so I wanted it firmer so put in 9.5 it feels fine, really has made a difference. Hope it all goes well for you .
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks! Hope you and my Swedish instructionbook has right! The reason to why I have to change oil is that itīs too soft, and there is a metallic "bonk" sound in one fork, with the same feeling as when the steering-bearings is worn out when I brake or a bump in the road comresses the fork. And when I stand still and compress a few times thereīs a bubbeling, squizing oil-sound, so I hope that the oil-level is too low, so that it, and maybe air makes the problems. Thatīs why I have to know how much I have to fill up.
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Old 05-03-2006, 07:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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-Well... Now a non-authorised Harley service place says 12 oz... -So, my swedish instructionbook says 9,1 oz, "hydraglide74" (above) says ca. 9,5 oz, My Haynes book says 12 oz, and a non-authorised Harley service says 12 oz... HELP! Who should i trust??? Have to change oil today...
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Fellow Swede,

Could the difference come from someone looking up Dyna Glide and not realizing the difference between a Wide Glide and Super Glide.
There is also difference in dry and wet volume i.e if you're rebuilding the fork or just changing the oil. Why not measure how much comes out and use that as a guide. Unless you've had a leak it should be pretty close.

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Old 05-03-2006, 06:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Tunglegubbin>> Thankīs! (Could write in Swedish, but that wouldnīt be fair to the forum). You have a point there, with the wet vs. the dry volume!
This evning I changed the oil, filled 12 oz (3,6 dl), and it went well! A little bit stiffer than before, wich was the reason for change. So thankīs everybody!
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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well done Krille, let us know if your front end 'clonking' has gone now you changed the oil.
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