shock oil

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  1. gianmarco dambrosi

    gianmarco dambrosi Been here awhile

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    i have a general shock oil question

    how choose a oil for shocks

    i read very different opinions

    in specific , a ohlins shock bm047
    a rear shock for r 1200 gs my 2012 ,
    is supposed to use oil 00105 ohlins (it has viscosity of 28cst )


    but the dealer sayd me to use oil 01304
    that he says is superior(but it has viscosity 11cst)

    what i should use?
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  2. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    I'd go with the heavier oil...unless you like a soft suspension
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  3. MoogLover

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  4. aldend123

    aldend123 Long timer

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    In what way is it superior? Are they recommending the lighter oil because you are a lighter rider? Or because of how you use it? Did you think it was too stiff before? Just had lighter spring installed?
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  5. gianmarco dambrosi

    gianmarco dambrosi Been here awhile

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    i don't know why they said a thing like this
    full stock bike, standard road use, standard shock, i weight 82 kg....
    non sense for me


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  6. shovelstrokeed

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    If you are satisfied with the damping in your shock as it is, stay with the factory recommended oil.
    Changing to a lighter oil will effect the damping, not the spring rate. It will require some minor adjustments to the compression and rebound controls to get it right.
    This is a dark science and requires considerable experience to get it right. Remember, spring rate is for the rider and the bike, damping is for the wheels and is what keeps them in contact with the road surface during transitions.
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  7. Boomer343

    Boomer343 Been here awhile

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    I just rebuilt the Ohlins on my R1150RT and got excellent tech info from Ohlins USA. Give them a call. See you are in Italy.... give the factory a call.

    I used the 00105 oil. There is more to it than the just the viscosity. Considering how little gets used to refill a shock a liter will last for 3 or 4 rebuilds easily.
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  8. gianmarco dambrosi

    gianmarco dambrosi Been here awhile

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    i have it!![​IMG]


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