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can i use ATF for fork oil?

short answer, pls. I thought I read YES! ON previous articles...but my mind is mush
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is that short enough?
To be short I think you've put too many dots!!
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ok, upon further reading, type F is said to be 5wt, dextron ~10 wt and power steering fluid ~20wt ...waiting for rebuttals
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you can use atf, similar to stock oil and have weak suspension response
OR you can ride with the big boys and run 10 or 15 weight fork oil
Clymer book says to change it every 8,000 Miles!!
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I use Dexron VI in my forks. I believe its something between 10 and 15 weight, synthetic.


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Dextron 6 Synthetic? well that will be better that what is in there now...whatever that is.
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go to the bike store, look at the lube selection, pick up 1 qt of 10 or 15 fork oil, experiment!!
They make oil specific to the actions of fork tube use, which is not the same as atf
Has anyone heard of using fork in something else? but several `substitutes` `that work` in forks
To me it was 15 bucks well spent on Belray fork fluid, 15w to go with the Progressive springs requirement


A straight oil change in forks is simple,,,just the rebuilding to fix leaks takes some time- after that = easy
Especially for those with air filler valves on the fork caps (remove valve from cap and pour new oil in thru there!)
You can make your own special caps- drill and thread a hole = then you have a fill and drain system that's 1-2-3
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ok, upon further reading, type F is said to be 5wt, dextron ~10 wt and power steering fluid ~20wt ...waiting for rebuttals
Power steering fluid or hydraulic oil does not have the additive that fork oil or transmission fluid has to reduce foaming. So, hyd oil or power steering oil=NO, ATF or fork oil,=YES

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Sometimes you just can't get a short answer, can you?

Fluid controls damping. If you have stock springs, use ATF or no heavier than 10 wt. oil. (As old as the springs are, root beer might work.) However if you have Progressives, or any other aftermarket springs, then 15wt. is recommended.
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