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i have an 01 650 svs, i want to change the fork oil, can i do this woithout removing the front tire, ive been told theres just a bolt on the fork i can remove and push the forks down and the oil will drain, is that true. also i dont have my owners manual but i found it says each fork takes 491 ml, is that correct level
 

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Re: changinf fork oil

i have an 01 650 svs, i want to change the fork oil, can i do this woithout removing the front tire, ive been told theres just a bolt on the fork i can remove and push the forks down and the oil will drain, is that true. also i dont have my owners manual but i found it says each fork takes 491 ml, is that correct level
In theory you can do it that way, in practice it turns into a real pain.

You're going to have to have a way to support the front end so that there's no weight on it, otherwise you you won't be able to get the fork caps off and on.
At that point it's much easier to pull the wheel, fender and forks off. Here's a step-by-step, just ignore the spring-specific parts.

http://www.sonicsprings.com/catalog/damper_rod_forks_tech_article.php

With the stock springs set the level to 100mm.
 

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http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...-Pro-Fork-Oil-Level-Tool.aspx?WT.ac=SLIsearch

A tool like above works well for setting the levels, but you can do without if you improvise a little. And I agree that the final height of the oil is what matters...not so much the quantity. The 1K forks take just a little over 1 liter from empty, so I'd guess that the smaller 650 versions would probably be safe with 1 liter.
 

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... Also, how do you measure fork oil level?
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...-Pro-Fork-Oil-Level-Tool.aspx?WT.ac=SLIsearch

A tool like above works well for setting the levels, but you can do without if you improvise a little....
You can make your own for much less with a cheap turkey baster or, better, a syringe and a length of tubing. If using a syringe and tubing you can measure down from the finger flange and hold the flange against the top of the tube, just make sure the tubing is straight when you suck out the oil.
 
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