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Hero Honda Splendor fork oil change

Posted 02-11-2012 at 12:36 AM by catkin

The easiest way to do this job is to remove the drain plugs but the part that they screw into within the slider may turn. If that happens a special tool is required to hold it. The procedure described here avoids that danger; it does not need any special tools.

Note on terms: the fork tube (a.k.a. stanchion) is attached to the yokes (a.k.a. triple tree) which pivot in the frame while the slider (a.k.a tube) holds the wheel. The least ambiguous terms, "stanchion" and "slider", are used here. "Fork leg" refers to a stanchion and slider assembly.
  1. Put the bike on the main stand and weight the rear to ensure the front end lifts when the wheel is removed.
  2. Undo the two bolts that screw into the top of the stanchions.
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4. Remove the mudguard.
  5. Loosen the two bolts in the lower yoke that clamp the stanchions.
  6. Pull the stanchions down through the yokes until the plugs in the top of the stanchions are easily accessible then tighten the bolts in the lower yoke and unscrew the plugs from the top of the stanchions.
  7. Loosen the bolts in the lower yoke and remove the fork legs from the motorcycle, keeping them upright.
  8. Remove the spacers and springs from the fork legs, taking care to note their order and orientation. This is most easily done as the stanchions are progressively pushed into the sliders. Allow the oil to run from the spacers and springs then clean them.
  9. Stand the fork legs upside down to drain. Push the stanchions in and out of the sliders to encourage the last oil to come out.
  10. Pour 162 ml fork oil into each fork leg. Push the stanchions in and out of the sliders to move the oil to the bottom.
  11. Put the springs and spacers back into the stanchions.
  12. Push the fork legs partly back into the yokes and tighten the lower yoke bolts.
  13. Screw the plugs into the top of the stanchions and tighten them.
  14. Loosen the lower yoke bolts and push the stanchions into the top yoke. Screw the top bolts in but do not tighten them.
  15. Refit mudguard and wheel.
  16. Take the bike off the main stand and, with the front brake applied, compress the front forks several times.
  17. Put the bike back on the main stand and twist the wheel until it is correctly aligned.
  18. Tighten the lower yoke bolts and top bolts.
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