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Fork Oil Change

Discussion in 'Servicing & Maintenance' started by folagana, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. folagana

    folagana Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Does anyone have changed the forks oil? Which tool did you use?

    The right fork seem to me that it requires a special tool
    (see 31 3 717)


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  2. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I thought just about every repair on a BMW requires a $$$ "special" tool, per the official BMW service manual. :rolleyes: Most of which, neither you nor I can afford.
     
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  3. Duckbubbles

    Duckbubbles Active Member

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    I don't have any information on that but would like some. Could that be a holding fixture to remove the top cap? The female upper slider appears to be fully down which exposes the top cap and internals. The second pic may be the level to which you service the oil?
    My local shop charged me 3 hours labor ($300+US). I can see where the hours come from, but at that cost, I'd like to do it myself.

    Frank
     
  4. folagana

    folagana Well-Known Member Contributor

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    It sound fine 3h, you have to remove the forks..... it is a huge amount of time

    but I agree with you, I like DIY
     
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    James Bagley Well-Known Member

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    At times like this, I miss the old style forks that only required a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and a funnel to change the fork oil...
     
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    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    What I really liked were the old-time motorcycles that had a Zerk grease fitting on both the steering bearings and the swing arm bearings. That sure made maintenance life a lot easier. :)
     
  7. Daniel

    Daniel Active Member

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    interesting as I just changed my oil and filter and see that the fork oil change is the only other work required at the 18k mile service.
     
  8. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    folagana Well-Known Member Contributor

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    thanks I already read that thread but it is not complete (and a bit difficult for my poor english knowledge).

    Anyway my only concern is the fact that you have to compress the spring of the right fork buy using the holes of the spacers and it seems you have to enter inside the sleeve but it is not possible with that tools. Perhaps it is sufficient to insert the tool highlighted in the picture to unlock the cap.
     

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  10. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    The instructions were not the best.
    After looking at them, I think this is one service I'll have the dealer do.
     
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  11. Duckbubbles

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    If you are so inclined, you can probably save some $ by removing the forks yourself and bringing them in. I have done several sets of USD forks in the past and they are really a PITA without special tools, sometimes even WITH special tools.

    Frank
     
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  12. Daniel

    Daniel Active Member

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    .....so I called a local shop yesterday and got a quote similar to and upwards of this if I simply drop off the forks for the fork fluid change and do everything else myself? So today after work I'm going to stop by and get a quote in person. $400 would be a crazy amount to pay when all a tech has to is drain and refill the forks. I'll follow up tonight online with an actual quote.......
     
  13. folagana

    folagana Well-Known Member Contributor

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    unfortunately is a time consuming work!
     
  14. folagana

    folagana Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I checked on DVD-ROM and the expected cost for the fork oil change should be about 200€.
    I will check tomorrow directly to the dealer as @Daniel suggested.
     
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  15. Daniel

    Daniel Active Member

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    Hey fologona I'm still at work but like I say if all the service tech has to do is drain and refill the fork oil, diy does all the removal and install himself should be a significant price difference unless it is a rule of minimum charge set by BMW corporate?
     
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    Jim Evans Well-Known Member

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    Turn the bike upside down?
     
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  17. folagana

    folagana Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Daniel

    the service DVD-ROM allows to calculate the "work unit" which is a unit to measure the time spent to do a certain task.

    from what I understood, If you remove the forksby yourself and bring them to the dealer you will save 30% of the cost of the manual work which about 200€ in total.

    Still a small amount. With 100€ I can buy a spring compressor to do the job by myself
     
  18. Daniel

    Daniel Active Member

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    Yeah I hear you falagana that makes total sense and I look forward to your following posts
     
  19. folagana

    folagana Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Ok guys today I placed the orders for all things needed for the 30.000 services included the fork spring compressor. I'll post the info for the job when I'll do it
     
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    The fork oil change was omitted on my 30k service, for lack of proper tools. Amidst apologies I was also told that an extra 10k on the oil would do no harm.

    Instead, the oil was changed a few days ago at the next service. 40k service, fork oil change, plus ABS Pro software installation, it was all done in 3 hours total.
     

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