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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-02-2018, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Confused ATF for fork oil

I have done some research and it seems many use ATF for fork oil. Thought that would be easy enough. Not so fast. I have found ATF that ranges in viscosity from SAE 2.5W to SAE 15w and higher. Experienced suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am using it with my new progressive springs and shocks.

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Back in "the day" Honda cars used whatever version of Dexronģ was in use at the time. That is until Honda decided to start selling their own brand, which I assume the original version was also just Dexronģ. My guess is the ATF recommended for fork oil was the same thing. I have a good supply of genuine Honda ATF I use in most everything.

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I think I am going to just go buy the DexronIII MerconV and give it a try. It isn't that difficult to change if necessary. Thanks Dave.

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That's what I'm using in all the bikes. Didn't know there were viscosity choices. Dexron seems to work fine.
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That's what I'm using in all the bikes. Didn't know there were viscosity choices. Dexron seems to work fine.
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That is what I have been using for a few years also. Works well for me.

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I must be some kind of crazy. I use fork oil in my forks. Engine oil in my engine. Final drive oil in the final drive. And transmission oil in my car's automatic transmission.

Next thing you know I'll be getting water out of the faucet or some other nutty stunt.
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I must be some kind of crazy. I use fork oil in my forks. Engine oil in my engine. Final drive oil in the final drive. And transmission oil in my car's automatic transmission.

Next thing you know I'll be getting water out of the faucet or some other nutty stunt.
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Now that you mention it Dennis, that does sound kind of weird! Why would you go to the trouble of getting fork oil for the forks when you have the ATF right there on the shelf.
Next you will be telling us you use motorcycle tires on your motorcycle!

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I must be crazy too, I use 15W fork oil.
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I must be some kind of crazy. I use fork oil in my forks.
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I guess you never read the service manual? You of all people who always advocates using what Honda says to use.

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