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I have a 1992 Goldwing with 56,000 miles on it. When should I change the oil in the front forks? How would you know it needs changing. Ride seems to be ok.:?

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I guess if you don't know from the PO when the oil was changed, then as soon as you can (ie: when you do maintenance) would be a good thing.
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Mine was 10 years old and around 89k I think when I did it the first time (I would have to check my maint card). I thought it still rode fine and it had no leaks. I pulled the forks out and had a shop replace the seals (just for good measure), clean them up and install a heavier oil (15w). I noticed a difference the first ride. I will now do them every other year myself.
I would do it as soon as it's convenient.
 

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Mine was 10 years old and around 89k I think when I did it the first time (I would have to check my maint card). I thought it still rode fine and it had no leaks. I pulled the forks out and had a shop replace the seals (just for good measure), clean them up and install a heavier oil (15w). I noticed a difference the first ride. I will now do them every other year myself.
I would do it as soon as it's convenient.
Is the job very difficult?

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Pulling the forks out is very easy. But I have been told that the allen bolt to disassemble the shocks themselves can be a pain and I do not have a mounted vice. Cost me about $110 out the door for both at my local bike shop. Worth it to me since it included seals, wipers, oil, and labor.
While he did them I replaced the timing belts and with the forks out I sat on my backside under the fairing and did the work with room to spare.
 

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The job is very easy if you have the schrader valves on top of the forks. Took me 20 minutes. Buy a ketchup bottle set at your dollar store. Makes putting the suspension oil in very easy.
 

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I changed mine a couple of months ago using Satan's method. No, the one on this forum, I think. If you take the time to read this rather lengthy process and the comments, it should be clear, that short of the shop manual method, this is probably the only accurate way to do it without removing the forks. Worked great for me. I used the Honda SS8 (10W) that is called for on the 1500. The fresh oil certainly looked better than the old oil, which age was not known. Between the oil change and pressurizing the forks to 6psi, I got the desired results. Nice ride, and greatly reduced nose diving at stops. Highly recommend it. (See link)

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums...-oil-changing-method-getting-level-right.html
 
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