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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:39 am 
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Location: Montana
With a new fork spring and oil install coming in the next week or so, I decided to see if I had enough bits and pieces laying about the shop to cobble together my own fork oil level gauge....and lo and behold, I did. (Being a long time hobby/modeling nerd has paid off!)

Somehow in my travels, I secured a couple large volume, 60 ml syringes, which are just what's needed for this hack. I also found a piece of styrene tubing which was 3/16" O.D., 1/8" I.D. and 11" long. This seemed like a decent size to use. Not too small but big enough to draw oil through.

Also found some flat stock aluminum so I cut it just longer than the fork tube diameter and drilled a hole for the tube....which is a nice firm slip fit.

Originally thought I would use a couple O-rings to place on either side of the tube for setting the height within the aluminum piece but found I didn't have the right size. A little more scrounging and I came up with this idea. I took a 3/32" dia. vacuum cap and cut two pieces off the end. They slide onto the tube very firmly and don't move unless you move them. I placed one on each side of the aluminum to help when setting the depth.

A short length of rubber hose on one end of the tube and syringe and Bob's your uncle! It took me longer to round up the individual pieces than it did to make the silly thing.

Another $19.95 (or so) saved.....well, actually....I'm sure I'll find something else at Procycle to spend that on....but sometimes it's fun to see what you can make with random things found in the shop/garage.

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