More questions & more info on forkin.
Found some more very good info here, thanks to Steve G. Just some snips, so read all his post, & Stink Foot's too if you want to do your own forkin job. Steve has a 900, not 850, still--, good write!http://www.carpe-tdm...6164
----"Haynes book of Lies", ie its not always correct.
Like the factory manual. I keep adding notes to it.
1. Slacken off the preload adjuster, ie fully out.
Factory manual says nothing about this. But I just did a Buell (WP) fork a few weeks ago (again!) & it's factory manual says the same thing.
This necessary on Mk1 '92 TDM 850? I'll do it anyway.
But Buell did not have a stuck/any lockout. Just click away. Soaking in penetrant along with seal. Still waiting for parts but want to be ready. Doubt they have ever been serviced. 39K miles.
I pulled the drain screw & pumped out some oil, nasty lookin oil too. Less than 1/2 liter. Stuck a blow gun in there and gave it a few blasts of weakly 50 psi air. As predicted, no go. Did not blast oil past the seal though, did hold some pressure. Not enough.
Heated up the upper end first too. Also heated up the lower to remove the lower allen bolt like Stinky-Scraping-Foot said. : )
Good, tight, but came out with no drama.
I hate Loctight. The Buell was a bitch with the 5mm or so allen. Buell must love that stuff.
So, I should also change the forkin oil in the other forker now. Somewhere I read in this book, 15 W. Type 01=15w in this book.
I think/pretty sure. Can't find it now.
Bad manual, Buell factory manual rocks! Best I have ever used for a car or bike.
I have read here that the 01=10 w. But some peeps like 15w, on different year bikes maybe.
So, 10w or 15w doods? What you say? Use the Yammie manual specs, or-? Bumpy roads here.
Just average riding, don't want to open a can of worms on oil or preferences or riding style.
Leaning towards 15. I think this bike needs some firming up. Seems to wallow thru the fast curves. Think it is rear shock. Set on hard. Last owner was a heavy dude. Fast rider too.
I know little about street suspension setup, (unless something is bad wrong) seldom push that hard on the pavement. Just an old dirt biker, I could do those easy enough.
Was good in the dirt, but always say that I never claimed to be a great street/road rider. Maybe too many times sliding down the pavement on those old 50's- 60's tyres. Did both street & dirt from '58 until '73-'74 just got back to street 10 years ago.
Still like to go fast. And stay upright.
------ I did learn how to change them -- using a pry bar or a big screw driver (a tire iron works well too). ---
Mmm- Walt, bud, thanks, but I don't think you read much of this thread. I did that too. I have changed lots of seals, not just bikes, like that. That ain't gonna work here. No offence. Been wrenchin on all kinds stuff for 48 years or so.
Tire iron?! Well, you should look down in there.