Originally Posted by RogerE
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I also changed the front fork oil and frankly I don't know what the engineers were thinking when they created a design that requires you to take the whole front end of the bike apart. . . . . .
Some good replies on this thread, enjoyed reading all of them. My 2011 Nomad comes with DOT 4. I've had experience with DOT 4 in my old Harley. It's a much more aggresive brake fluid but more versatile across the boiling pts etc which is I assume why it's used on many single disk systems.
However it's drawback is it deterioates rubber faster than the silicone fluids. But yes I always replace my hydraulic fluids (a min. of every 2 yrs or 10,000 miles).
And yes I was quite surprised to see the Nomad's designed removal of the fork to drain the fork oil. The Harley Dynas were the same way (the other Harley models had drain plugs). Although on the Dynas we could remove the top plug and use a hand pump to draw the oil fluid out. We probably were not getting "all" of it, but we kept track of how much came out and put the same in new back in. It did clean it up quite a bit. Much easeir than pulling the tube and turning upside down. Haven't tried that yet on my Nomad so don't know what might be in the way that procedure there.
Boy that fork oil when it gets old is some of the nastiest smelling stuff.