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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2011, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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2006 Tiger - Front Fork Oil Info

Hi All,

It'll be time to come out of hibernation soon, so I'm going to crack on with those little jobs we need to do like replace the fork oil, check the shims, plugs etc.

I've done a search and got some good info on front fork oil levels and weight, but just wanted to make sure it's correct.

If you've got a manual for a 2006 Tiger 955 could you confirm the following for me please:

Up to vin No: 198874 - 720cc of oil and 107mm gap at top.
After vin No: 198875 - 655cc of oil and 146mm gap at top.

Grade: 10w


My vin No is 27**** so I assume I'm looking at 655cc and 146mm gap ??
I'm looking to take some of the "sogginess" out of the forks, so I was going to put in some 15w oil. Does it make much of a difference to the handling ??

I also read a few things about reducing the air gap at the top of the forks to improve handling. Has anyone got any info on this ??

I'm going to leave the original springs in, as I'm not too bothered about going down that route to improve the handling.

Any further info will be warmly welcomed

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All the info is on Tiger Triple,although I've no doubt thats were you got your info anyway,without putting decent springs in,all a bit pointless but hey ho,15wt if you only ride one up is too heavy,but not when you have ridden 300 miles down the road and it's warmed up!!but with old springs in who knows,as for the air gap more a case of how much more oil you want to add,personnel taste,I've done mine this winter and haven't ridden it and untill I get off my backside and go and buy a fork level syringe I don't have the easy fix if I've added too much.
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I made the change to 15 weight fork oil in my 06 50K miles ago and it makes a big difference. I don't find it too heavy for one up riding and it really helps reduce the fork dive on braking.

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I made the change to 15 weight fork oil in my 06 50K miles ago and it makes a big difference. I don't find it too heavy for one up riding and it really helps reduce the fork dive on braking.
This is were the internet can fall on it's backside if your not carefull,the gent above says it's OK for one up and I don't doubt him!!,look were he lives,whats the average tempreature in Florida,not quite the same in down town UK.

Average temp is the Uk?,I find even two up I have to do a fair few miles before I loose the harsh feel and the oil warms up,although certainley with after market springs as well cuts the fork dive by probably 50%.
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It'll be time to come out of hibernation soon

What do you mean hibernation you big wuss?
I went to Braemar and Aberdeen on Sunday, 380 miles, low temp 1/2 a degree, high temp 6 degrees, it was sunny though which makes it feel warmer, well, until it got dark that is.

PS can not help with the heavier oil thing.




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This is were the internet can fall on it's backside if your not carefull,the gent above says it's OK for one up and I don't doubt him!!,look were he lives,whats the average tempreature in Florida,not quite the same in down town UK..

True, our winter temps are more like your summer temps. Still, I rode many times this winter with temps in the high 30's and 40's (F) and I often ride out of state in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. I'm headed up there the first week in May and expect the lows to be in the 40's and highs at elevation to be in the 60's.

It's not always hot here in Florida just as it's not always raining and cold in the UK. Or is it?

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What do you mean hibernation you big wuss?
I went to Braemar and Aberdeen on Sunday, 380 miles, low temp 1/2 a degree, high temp 6 degrees, it was sunny though which makes it feel warmer, well, until it got dark that is.

PS can not help with the heavier oil thing.



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Hi Andy,

Good to hear from you

Funny you should say that, I was up your neck of the woods last week. A quick run through Kielder to Selkirk, round the back of the Megget reservoir and round the loop from Abington - Leadhills - Mennock - Carronbridge - Elvanfoot, then back to Moffat, Selkirk and back to Hartlepool - great roads !!

Wasn't cold at all - I was in the car

The run was spoilt a little bit on the way up as I caught this car up on the Kielder road. I was just about to overtake it when I saw the dreaded words written on the back " Police Driver Training" !! That put an end to my spirited driving 'till he pulled off in Hawick. It's the first time I've driven that road so slowly

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Five replys and still no definitive answer.

If you've got a manual for a 2006 '955 please have a look and let me know the levels and gap.

Cheers

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