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Well, some times you just shouldn't try to DIY. Thought I would change the fork oil in my 2011 Exec this morning without removing the forks. I have a liquid vac which works fine. Had to loosen the handlebars and slide them over in order to get the 17mm hex socket in, and removed the caps with no problem. Sucked out the old oil and replaced it with 15 weight. Now comes the first problem, me being 76 and skinny I cannot get the fork cap pushed down enough to get the threads started. Then, While trying to do this, I knocked the bike over and skinned my leg up pretty good, while putting a new scratch on the mirror and the right lower panel. Has anyone shortened the spacer to make this easier, and what effect would this have on the fork performance? Thanks.
 

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LOL That's ok we all have those DUH moments.

It's when they start coming more frequently that bothers me.
I have a few more than just moments, it seems. :p
 

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Did a ride today on a rough section of highway, and there is definitely an improvement. I also changed the rear shock setting from 1 to 3. Should have done this a long time ago. BTW, the old oil was clean, and I was able to suck a little over 16 ozs out with the vac, which I measured and replaced the same amount. Hardest part was getting the fork caps back on.
 

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Had to reseal the front forks on my 400 when I owned it. Yes getting the caps back on was a pain.
 
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