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Heavier Fork Oil for the P200

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  • Heavier Fork Oil for the P200

    Hi,

    Many of you might know that the front suspension on the P200 is rather soft. Easily crashes with load on small ruts and humps. This is not because of age, but a characteristic of the front suspension.

    One of the ways to reduce softness is to use a heavier grade fork oil. I have no idea regarding grades of fork oil used but I sure would like a slightly stiffer suspension on my 2 years and 8 month old 200.

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    • #3
      jus add 50ml of used engine oil along with ur regular fork oil..tat will solve ur problem..even i am using the same for my rtr for a very long time and it serves its purpose..

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      • #4
        else use springs from an older pulsie :-)
        The length is different . Will harden your front end.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by santoosh View Post
          else use springs from an older pulsie :-)
          The length is different . Will harden your front end.

          Santa
          What do you think is a better idea? Adding 50ml of engine oil as Pradeep mentioned or changing the springs all together? Don't you think adding the oil is way simpler?

          Any issues if I added 50ml of engine oil? Any possible damages and more importantly, does it do the job fine?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by silver_falcon_46 View Post
            What do you think is a better idea? Adding 50ml of engine oil as Pradeep mentioned or changing the springs all together? Don't you think adding the oil is way simpler?

            Any issues if I added 50ml of engine oil? Any possible damages and more importantly, does it do the job fine?
            adding 50ml is an easier option. i did it on the R15 and it works . But would suggest first refill your fork oil once.As you use the bike the oil in the fork reduce. After the refill check if you feel its still soft then add 50ml.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by navnish View Post
              adding 50ml is an easier option. i did it on the R15 and it works . But would suggest first refill your fork oil once.As you use the bike the oil in the fork reduce. After the refill check if you feel its still soft then add 50ml.
              Replaced it recently and it is soft irrespective of me having refilled it or not. Why did you add the 50ml on your already stiff suspension??
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              • #8
                Originally posted by silver_falcon_46 View Post
                Replaced it recently and it is soft irrespective of me having refilled it or not. Why did you add the 50ml on your already stiff suspension??
                ah if you recently refilled it . just add 50ml each.

                Yeah i added it already . had a tough time actually with soft suspension . now as its added it feels much more better.
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                • #9
                  If its a new spring , then add more oil , make sure its equal , But are you sure you fixed P-200's spring itslf ?

                  Bajaj has a million part numbers , one mess up and whole thing goes for a toss.

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                  • #10
                    i would suggest just drain all the oil, and fill up with engine oil. Thats what i did to take care of the soft suspension on the front forks of my Tbird. Though the pulsars are lighter, a stiffer suspension would do a great deal to the handling.


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by santoosh View Post
                      If its a new spring , then add more oil , make sure its equal , But are you sure you fixed P-200's spring itslf ?

                      Bajaj has a million part numbers , one mess up and whole thing goes for a toss.

                      Santa
                      That I cannot really say. I haven't opened the fork at all and they came in a sealed carton box more than 2 years ago when there was a design defect and both the forks were replaced. I have tested out other P200s and in general they are comparatively soft. Especially with full touring load or with pillion, crashing the suspension is pretty easy.

                      @jd666: So your fork oil is basically your engine oil? Huge difference in terms of stiffness?


                      So then, I will go ahead and use 50ml each with engine oil.


                      EDIT: @Santoosh: When I said "replaced it recently" I meant the fork oil and not the spring.
                      Last edited by silver_falcon_46; 12-02-2009, 02:22 PM.
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                        ^^ yup, bottoms out less frequently, or only on hitting a pothole real hard.


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                        • #13
                          Thats a feature of all pulsars
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by santoosh View Post
                            Thats a feature of all pulsars
                            You mean Soft suspension? I dont really mind it being soft because it isn't like the Pulsar is a bike with great dynamics anyways, and I do love the way it eats up all the potholes and gliding over bad roads which isn't half as bad as bikes shod with stiffer suspension. The point is, I dont want it soft enough to be crashing. Period. Anyways, will test and keep you guys posted.
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