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Fork wipers

Post by Zombie Master » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:07 pm

Buddy just called, wondering if the standard RT fork wipers (with the felt inside) need to be lubricated. Do they, and what would you use for lubrication if they do? My instinct would be not to lubricate them.
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Post by Rob » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:35 pm

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Re: Fork wipers

Post by Zombie Master » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:48 pm

Rob wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:35 pm
Only switch to a synthetic oil if you are installing new felts.
That makes no sense.
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Re: Fork wipers

Post by SteveD » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:03 am

I've always installed then with a light wipe of fork oil around the inner diameter. Importantly, I also clean the fork legs given any opportunity eg seal changed/oil change.
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Re: Fork wipers

Post by Wobbly » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:06 pm

I would change to a synthetic regardless. Many of the fork internal wear parts are no longer available from BMW. They need to last as long as possible.
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Re: Fork wipers

Post by Zombie Master » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:31 pm

Wobbly wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:06 pm
I would change to a synthetic regardless. Many of the fork internal wear parts are no longer available from BMW. They need to last as long as possible.
The subject is about the felt on the exterior of the fork. This is not a question of fork oil.
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Re: Fork wipers

Post by Rob » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 am

Zombie Master wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:31 pm
Wobbly wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:06 pm
I would change to a synthetic regardless. Many of the fork internal wear parts are no longer available from BMW. They need to last as long as possible.
The subject is about the felt on the exterior of the fork. This is not a question of fork oil.
And ZM, my comment was totally tongue-in-cheek, as if you really needed it explained.
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Re: Fork wipers

Post by Zombie Master » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 am

Rob wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 am
Zombie Master wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:31 pm
Wobbly wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:06 pm
I would change to a synthetic regardless. Many of the fork internal wear parts are no longer available from BMW. They need to last as long as possible.
The subject is about the felt on the exterior of the fork. This is not a question of fork oil.
And ZM, my comment was totally tongue-in-cheek, as if you really needed it explained.

Well Wobbly took it as a fork oil issue. I thought it was a joke. Could have used an emo gee or sumptin. :geek:
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Re: Fork wipers

Post by Wobbly » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:08 pm

Zombie Master wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 am
Well Wobbly took it...
Wobs didn't take it anywhere. It all right where you left it. :lol:

Don't try to sidetrack us... The subject of this thread is about the felt.
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Re: Fork wipers

Post by Rob » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Wobbly wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:08 pm
Zombie Master wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 am
Well Wobbly took it...
Wobs didn't take it anywhere. It all right where you left it. :lol:

Don't try to sidetrack us... The subject of this thread is about the felt.
So, Wobbly, do you lubricate the felts?
I don't think I ever did, myself. I could see where it would be a good idea to lower stiction.
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