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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-27-2010, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi to you all. I am a new member and own a lovely 2006 Tiger 955i. The bike has just had its 12k service and believe it or not I was advised by the Triumph dealer who carried out the service not to have the fork oil changed as it was unnecessary. The service engineer told me that he had never seen leaks on a Tiger of this age despite it being recoomended as part of the 12k service by Triumph. I know little about the actual workings of bikes but this has now worried me somewaht. Should i have had it changed? There is no problem with the suspension.

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It's not a question of leaks but the oil in forks does have a fairly hard life. I was surprised how mucky the stuff in my forks was when I changed it at around 10K.

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Hi Dave and welcome.

About 2 years ago my 955 was due it's 12k service. I was told by the Triumph service dep't that this service included a strip down of the forks and and an oil change ( fork oil ).
As they were doing the work anyway I asked them to fit progressive fork springs with a slightly thicker oil. There was no extra charge for doing this work, just the charge for the new springs about £65 as I remember.

So officially, yes, a strip down and oil change is recommended with the 12k service. Although I think it's the fresh oil that is the important element of the exercise.

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I'll agree with Ian on this. Fresh fluids can't be bad and the difference in appearance in new oil versus old oil is considerable; however, whether or not most of us can tell a difference in the feel of new oil is a good question.

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Thanks for the information, really helpful. Have you any idea of the likely cost of having the fork oil changed by a Triumph main dealer? Shame that it wasn't recommended to me during the 12k service.
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The service engineer told me that he had never seen leaks on a Tiger of this age despite it being recoomended as part of the 12k service by Triumph.
I'm afraid that comment by the service "engineer" would lead me to seriously doubt his competence. You don't change the oil because it leaks. You change it because it doesn't do its job any more.

However, I do agree with Pineygroveshop that I probably wouldn't actually notice the difference in riding.

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Thanks for the information, really helpful. Have you any idea of the likely cost of having the fork oil changed by a Triumph main dealer? Shame that it wasn't recommended to me during the 12k service.

I dread to think how much at dealer rates,it's easy to do,just time consuming,strangely enough i could do with doing mine,only had all winter to do it!!
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Always change your fluids!! That being said , I ran 250cc dirt bike, Suzuki Savage -1969 model -bought new- for 3 years and did not know you could change the fork oil-
I subjected this great bike to merciless poundings on MX trtacks , Enduros , short tracks , even road raced it-blew the engine once- had a factory hop up kit installed. Great fork action , never a handling problem-sold it with the original juice still in the forks!! So , who knows????
Now being an old geezer and sort of OC, I change everything I can!

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The bike has just had its 12k service and believe it or not I was advised by the Triumph dealer who carried out the service not to have the fork oil changed as it was unnecessary. The service engineer told me that he had never seen leaks on a Tiger of this age despite it being recoomended as part of the 12k service by Triumph. I know little about the actual workings of bikes but this has now worried me somewaht. Should i have had it changed?
Normally a dealer would carry out the service by the book-unless you ask them not to do something.
Plus the mechanic(if thats what he claimed to be) was talking out of his rear - if it was leaking would he have changed it, for it to leak again
So now your down to cost how much did you pay for what was actually done.

As for me, I got mine with 15k on the clock, book all stamped up(but dont know about fork oil) now with 32k with the same oil and the handlings the same as ever
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Hi. 12k service was £350 with rear pads. Thanks for info.
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