I think I just need a little clarification as I can't quite figure out the wording in the Service Manual. I have my forks apart on my 1984 V65SP with about 10,000 miles on it. I'm trying to determine how much ATF goes into the cartridge--not the fork leg itself. There is a rubber bladder that fits into the top of the cartridge (for the air assist I presume), but it also acts as the upper seal/cap for the oil in the cartridge. This bladder is not listed in the parts book or service manual. So I removed the bladder and drained the old oil out (no, I didn't measure it...). Anyway, here's what the Service Manual says:
• introduce in the hydraulic dampers 0.70 cc of
«Agip F. 1 ATF Dexron»;
• and 0.60 cc in oil pneumatic dampers;
• and 0.90 cc in oil pneumatic dampers of mod.
V 35 C, V 50 C, V 65 and V 65 SP.
Am I correct from the above that 70cc is what goes into each cartridge? Has anyone experimented with using a heavier weight fork oil? When I drained them the oil that came out was a neutral color like motor oil, not red like ATF.
I'm presuming these are the original cartridges, not aftermarket. There is no name or marking on them. Does the FAC or Biturbo cartridge have their name on them?
The reason I took them apart in the first place was due to some handling issues. The bike handles pretty good, but when cornering relatively hard, if I hit bump or ripple in the pavement while leaned over, the front end wants to start stepping out. Steering head bearings are stock, but good and adjusted. Also have a fork brace on properly installed with no binding.
Thanks for any help.