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Front Fork Oil Leak Inspection; Rear Shock Absorber Oil Leak Inspection - Kawasaki vn 800 classic Service Manual

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Maintenance Procedure
Wait for about five minutes so that any suspended air bub-
bles can surface.
Measure the oil level, using the fork oil level gauge [A].
Special Tool - Fork Oil level Gauge: 57001-1290
Set the gauge stopper [B] so that its lower side shows the
oil level distance specified [C].
Insert the gauge tube into the inner tube [D] and position
the stopper across the top of the inner tube [E].
Pull the handle slowly to draw out the excess oil until no
more oil comes up the tube.
If no oil is drawn out from the beginning, there is not
enough oil in the fork. Pour in some more oil, then draw
out the excess.
Front Fork Oil Level (Fully compressed without fork
286 ±2 mm (11.26 ±0.08 in.)
Install the fork spring with the smaller end [A] facing down-
ward [B].
Upward [C]
Check the O-ring on the top plug and replace it with a new
one if damaged.
Push down the top plug to install the ring, and then fit the
ring into the groove of the inner tube.
Install the front fork (see Suspension chapter).

Front Fork Oil Leak Inspection

Remove the front fork (see Suspension chapter).
Visually inspect the front forks for oil leakage, scoring or
scratches on the outer surface of the inner tubes.
Replace or repair any defective parts, if necessary.

Rear Shock Absorber Oil Leak Inspection

Visually inspect the shock absorbers [A] for oil leakage.
If they are oil leaked, replace shock absorber.


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