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  • in reply to: Front fork adjustment. #861889
    PaulPaul
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      I would try the 20W first. I think 10W is stock on your bike. Buy actual motorcycle fork oil from a shop or online. Don’t use motor oil.

      You may want to raise the front of the bike and let the forks extend fully to reduce the spring preload before removing the fork cap. Otherwise be careful that the cap and spacer don’t go flying when fully unscrewed. On some bikes the handlebars will be in the way of the caps. If that’s the case then you have to unbolt the bar clamps and set the bars out of the way. You can leave controls attached when you do this.

      This job is easy with a center stand, motorcycle lift or even a come along attached to the garage rafters then strapped to the triple clamp however it is convenient. CAUTION: If you don’t have the bike secured against tipping and you try to do this with the bike on its kickstand it will probably tip over when you remove the fork caps. The forks will collapse fully and the bike will go vertical as they do, probably all the way over on its right side.

      in reply to: Advice on tool chest #860011
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        Harbor Freight has a smoking deal on their 16 drawer 26″ wide top and bottom combo this weekend. Tent sale price is $299 which is cheaper than the sometimes coupon price of $319 on a regular $399 set. These are super boxes for the money with good drawer choices for automotive work. The next best deal would be the 44″ wide roller cabinet which can be had for $359 if you find a pretty common coupon. These are good boxes also and feature a full width deep top drawer which is nice for all your sockets and any long pry tools you might need. This box is considered the “bang for the buck” champion for home DIY use and also used by more techs than want to admit it. The techs all lose the logo and put a major brand one in it’s place though. Ha ha.

        in reply to: Buying A 2nd Car To Fix Up Another Car #858586
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          Crown Vics and Mercury Grand Marquis generally go pretty high mileage and can be reasonable.

          in reply to: Front fork adjustment. #858344
          PaulPaul
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            Changing the oil to a heavier weight is good advice. Make sure you use the right amount. The quick way is to drain it and replace with the same amount. The official way is to drain it and set the oil level to the factory height by removing the springs, collapsing the fork tubes to full bottom and with the forks vertical, vacuum out the oil until it is a specified distance from the top of the tubes. This is easier than it sounds. Motion pro makes a dedicated tool but you can fashion your own with a piece of thin rigid tube and a large syringe. Measure the distance on the tube and push it through a piece of cardboard. Tape the cardboard where the bottom of it is at your measurement. Put the tube in your fork (fork upright). The cardboard keeps it at your setting down in the forktube. Vacuum fluid til it wont remove any more. That will leave the oil level at the measured distance.

            Other than replacing the springs the only way to stiffen them is to add preload. This can be done by placing proper sized washers on top of the springs under the fork cap for small changes or cutting a piece of PVC pipe and putting it under the fork cap. Any adjustment like this should be kept small. Probably not more than an inch or so. If that doesn’t get the result you want then it’s time for stiffer springs.

            in reply to: 2007 Ford F-150 Oil Thoughts #858343
            PaulPaul
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              Motorcraft semi-synthetic 5w-20 is what your truck came from the factory with. I wouldn’t spend the money for full synthetic if I were you. The Motorcraft oil and filter that you find at Walmart will be fine as long as you change it at the proper intervals. Using what it came with should be just fine.

              BTW, it’s all I use in my 2007 STX with the 4.2 V6!

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