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San Diego Harley is now recommending that, for all touring bikes, that the Fork Oil be changed with the 10,000 mile service. The cost, including changing the Fork Oil is listed at $640.00. Is the just out and out greed? If you may know at what interval the Fork Oil for a 2013 Road Glide should be changed, please advise.
 

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'11 recommended interval is 50,000 miles , no reason yours should be any less .. I've gone over 100k and never given it a second thought

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Yep, I'm at 35k and haven't changed mine yet. Feels the same. I'll change mine out when I powdercoat my lowers.
 

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my dealer Changed mine out at 20,000 on their recommendation, but since I bought the prepaid maintenance plan from them, it was covered in the service. went with the SE Hi Performance Mixture. Cost to me zero dineros. BTW I bought the bike in Aug 2013 and purchased a 3 year maintenance package for 1500.00. Usually average 20k per year. So at 225.00 per service x 4 per year x 3 years I figured I'm 1200 ahead on this deal. After is over I'll be doing my own services, so IMHO the service plan is a great deal if you ride a lot. Also, all fluids are except the forks are synthetic at no extra charge.
 

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'11 recommended interval is 50,000 miles , no reason yours should be any less .. I've gone over 100k and never given it a second thought

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Back in the day fork oil was like brake fluid, never changed it unless you were into it. I or anybody I know had problems.
 

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What indicators are there that it should be changed?
 

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I'm gonna disagree with everyone :p

Your suspension moves and cycles just like any other sealed and lubricated part on your bike......technically you wouldn't "have to" change your motor oil, but you do because it becomes full of contaminates, breaks down and losses viscosity, no different than your fork fluid

Fork fluid not only dampens but also lubricates, every time your suspension moves......

10K is early, but I would start to think about replacing the fluid and inspecting the bushing about the 20K mile mark
 

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That is true, but fork oil is not subjected to the heat, pressure and gas as motor oil is, it does break down but no where near what motor oil is subjected to. changing the oil at 35k instead of 50k I guess is okay, remember dealers are a biz they are they to make money, some guys change there plugs every year with less than 5k on them ,another waste of money, but if you go it like that go ahead.
 

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I had mine changed out at about 5000 miles. To me, the front end felt too soft and nose dived more than I cared for. I talked to one of the techs at the dealership to see if they kept a supply the monoshocks in stock or if I needed to order them. They told me they had never ordered, sold or installed a set and recommended the SE fork oil. I was planning on changing out the handlebars so I had them do both on the same trip. The SE worked well for me.
 

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yeah the SE oil is the trick for nose diving , it is heavier than what ever they put in at the MoCo

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I believe the standard from the factory is 10w and the SE is 15w. I was glad it did the trick, a lot less moolah than the monoshock conversion.
 

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I think the heavier oil will not only slow down compression, but rebound also.
It helps, but is not a complete fix.
 

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Im gonna give that a shot first, no budget for montubes this year and I will take it from there, its not that bad but a little slower would make an improvement IMO.
 

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After 50,000 one side of my smelled like pure shit. It was rotten. I agree 35,000 would probably be good. Not that hard of a job.
 
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