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I am a street rider and dont generally ride hard and I am looking into getting new springs and heavier oil. I have narrowed down the spring rate of .85 for my weight. Should I use 20 wt oil in the forks? Also wondering if I could do this job at home? What special tools would I need (I know I would need a torque wrench) or should I just get a service manual for my bike? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
 

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I have narrowed down the spring rate of .85 for my weight. Should I use 20 wt oil in the forks? Also wondering if I could do this job at home? What special tools would I need (I know I would need a torque wrench) or should I just get a service manual for my bike? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Don't "narrow" it down to what you think you need. Contact a supplier and find out what you need for your weight and riding style. I have sonic springs and the kit came w/ everything I needed to install them. If you are good at following technical directions, have a shop area, stands, etc. then do it yourself. If you are like me, know a little but don't feel comfortable tackling such big endeavor then leave it to the professionals. If you do happen to contact rich at sonic springs he will suggest what oil you should use as well. Good luck.
 

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I did it myself for the first time a few months ago. Not too hard. Several good threads here with step-by-step advice. Only things to watch out for are getting a socket large enough to deal with the fork caps and a hex big enough for the front axle. Had to buy a couple tools because of that, but no biggie. Oh, also had to figure a way to get the front end off the ground. Again, no biggie.
 

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I am a street rider and dont generally ride hard and I am looking into getting new springs and heavier oil. I have narrowed down the spring rate of .85 for my weight. Should I use 20 wt oil in the forks? Also wondering if I could do this job at home? What special tools would I need (I know I would need a torque wrench) or should I just get a service manual for my bike? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
If you don't ride hard, just general touring/commuting type stuff, then you might be better off with 15w. If you're more performance riding oriented then go with 20w.

A service manual is always good to have
 
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