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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-07-2018, 08:44 AM
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Does “fork oil” contain the detergent and anti rust additives that ATF has?
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Does “fork oil” contain the detergent and anti rust additives that ATF has?
Isn't oil, in and of itself, a rust inhibitor?

For detergent...

...just pour an ounce, or two, of Tide in there.
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Does “fork oil” contain the detergent and anti rust additives that ATF has?
I doubt it, not really needed.

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I have looked at some dealers for various viscousties of fork oil and usually they don't have a selection. I tried 'fork oil' once and it did not seem any different than ATF, so I figured I have a gallon jug, may as well use it up. That was about 10 years or more ago. ATF is still what I use even in my GL 1800.
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There's nothing wrong with using ATF. The reason many people use a designated Fork Oil is to be able to set and/or adjust the damping with weights of oil. With ATF you are just guessing. If you're the type of guy who doesn't need a torque wrench to tighten fasteners, you can also use your calibrated elbow to shake the bottle of ATF and determine the viscosity!

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