How to Change the Fork Oil on a Harley Davidson

Scott Smith, Owner @ Ride It Wrench It

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8 Videos (21m)
    • Introduction: How to Change the Fork Oil on a Harley Davidson

    • Fork Oil Change Tools and Supplies

    • Removing the Fork Tube Cap

    • Draining the Fork Oil

    • Measuring the Correct Amount of Fork Oil

    • Filling the Forks with Oil

    • Prepairing and Installing the Fork Tube Cap

    • Closing: How to Change the Fork Oil on a Harley Davidson


About This Class


In this workshop I will be teaching the complete process of changing the fork oil on a Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe. The skills, concepts, and techniques can be applied to any make of motorcycle provided you have a service manual for torque and fill specifications.

You will also learn about the tools necessary to perform the fork oil change correctly. The workshop will include:

  • Draining the fork oil
  • Removing the fork tube cap
  • Proper measurement of fork oil
  • Filling the forks with new oil
  • Replacing the fork tube cap

Changing your fork oil will prevent many issues that can occur when the oil breaks down. Worn fork oil can cause wobble or shaking in the handlebars, front tire bounce that can cause handling and stability issues, and difficulty to maintain control while hard braking. Changing the fork oil yourself will save you money, prolong the life of the fork seals and other internal components, and keep the front end handling properly for safety.

Remember, no one cares more about your motorcycle than you!

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Scott Smith

Owner @ Ride It Wrench It

I've been riding and working on motorcycles for over 40 years. Both of my parents rode motorcycles and bought me my first motorcycle when I was 5 years old. It was a Honda 50 cc and inspired a life long interest in motorcycling. I became involved in motocross and for 10 years I raced throughout the US and in Europe. Eventually I moved into street bikes and now enjoy touring on Harley Davidson motorcycles.

I have always worked on my bikes and over many years developed the mechanical, electrical, and engineering skill sets necessary to repair and maintain motorcycles for safe and reliable riding. I have been employed at an authorized Harley Davidson Dealership as a service representative working with riders and technicians to provide maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and modifications on motorcycles. Through this I saw an opportunity to begin sharing maintenance skills with other riders.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and teaching the skills necessary to perform various tasks on motorcycles. Doing so will help you to familiarize yourself with the way your bike operates and give you the understanding to know if the bike is not performing correctly and what it will take to repair the problem. Wrenching on your bike will also give you the confidence to make modifications to personalize your bike and help it stand out uniquely along side other motorcycles. Performing this work will also save thousands of dollars in maintenance, repair, and modifications that shops typically charge.

For more tutorials, write ups, videos, and riding trips you can visit my blog or You Tube channel. You will find extensive information and videos on a variety of subjects related to motorcycling.

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