Is fork oil the same as engine oil?

Can you use motor oil as fork oil?

As Stuart says, proper fork oil is better than ATF, but as Rambo says, keep the viscosity low, about 7.5, or (in my experience when I tried 20W) you’ll think you’ve got a rigid front end!

Is Fork Oil different than motor oil?

Fork oil probably has a lot more anti-foaming additives than moto oil, so motor oil may have problems when worked really hard in a shock or fork. One of the selling points used for various fork oils is their resistance to foaming and heating under harsh conditions.

What can I use instead of fork oil?

Peanut Butter, and in some cases jelly…………. Many motorcycle supply shops also sell fork oil if you’re having a hard time finding some. Massage oil is the real secret! After all you do want to keep the insides working good and what better way then to have massage oil working it.

What kind of oil goes in forks?

Instead, look for a fork oil with a high viscosity index (VI). A higher VI indicates better resistance to viscosity changes throughout broad temperature swings. That translates into consistent shock performance and feel despite the ambient and operating conditions. And a consistent ride equals a more effective rider.

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Can you use motor oil in MTB forks?

Motor oil is unlikely to damage your fork, but it will ride like crap. Damper/Shock/Fork oil (names vary depending on brand) is normally one viscosity and contains anti-foaming additives to keep it’s behaviour consistent.

Is fork oil special?

Fork oil is a specific kind of product. It isn’t motor oil. This oil is designed to do just one function. Fork oil comes in a variety of ‘weight’ or thickness grades.

What kind of oil do you use in a mountain bike fork?

mulit-viscosity synthetic motor oil.” You only need to use fine tuned weights of fork oil in the damper unit itself.