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    2UP RIDER snookers's Avatar
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    Fork Oil

    I have a leaking seal on one of the front forks of my 1100RT.....seems like a fairly straight forward job to repair.
    My question is this......Can I use any 5W or 10W oil in the forks or is there a specific brand I should be looking for ?
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    Morning,

    I just replaced my seals on my 99 RT. It's really simple - you don't even have to remove the front wheel. You could, in a pinch even do it with the tupperware on.

    I used ATF fluid per advice on this forum and BMWST.COM. After all, telelever forks rely on the shock for mechanical dampening; there aren't any springs in the fork tubes. The fluid in the forks acts as a lubricant only.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks for the reply.........after digging around a bit more on other sites it would seem that there are various ways to get this done.
    For the fork oil,I will be using ATF4 since I seem to have quite a bit of it on the garage shelves
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    I use Bel Ray 7.5W
    It is only used for lubrication not damping.
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    If it is only used for lubrication, then why not use whatever motor oil you have around the shop?
    It's not like it is in a high stress environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff488 View Post
    If it is only used for lubrication, then why not use whatever motor oil you have around the shop?
    It's not like it is in a high stress environment.
    The OE manual recommends it.
    Motor oil has detergent in it, not sure if you want to keep containments in suspension in this application.
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