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I'm about to have my stock suspension set up to my weight and riding style by a local suspension specialist, I know the stock equipment is less than great but that's what I'm stuck with so while they are doing it I may as well get them to put some heavier fork oil in, so what weight should I be going for? I weight 180lbs plus gear.

I do plan on upgrading the suspension but it probably won't be until the Winter.


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I read maybe 10w and overfill by an extra 10mm?


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Oil weights vary quite a bit, even among "same weight" oils. Consult the chart here:
Suspension Fluid - Pvdwiki

Oil height is really only going to effect feel at the end (near full compression) of the stroke.

Penske used Silkolene Pro RSF 5wt in my R6 cartridges. It's pretty temperature stable, which is great on a race bike. It certainly doesn't hurt on a street bike either.
 

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Maxima 10w here.
 

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I just raised mine from stock 5w to about 9w by removing 1/4 cup of stock oil and refilling with 30w pj1. I will probably repeat the procedure again when I replace the springs thus raising it to about 12w. I like not having to remove the forks or use a compressor to raise the fork oil weight.
 

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Being 210lbs, I found the suspension a bit soft, so I upgraded the springs and put 10W oil. Big difference, bike is more stable and I fell more in control at higher speed turns.
This bike suspension was made for tiny Japanese riders! hahahaha
 
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