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Coastalman

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It has been suggested to me that I can use 20W Antifreeze in my lever shocks. Does anyone have any experience trying this? Also, STP has been suggested. Any advice is welcome. Thanks, Charlie
 

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Hey, Charlie - long time, no post!

Never heard of either - one sounds too thin, and the STP sounds too thick. I've used motorcycle fork oil with good results. Others will most likely chime in here shortly.

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Hi Mickey! Yes, I have been low key. Last week I brought home a very nice 1962 MGA and am fixing up little neglected items on the car. I'll post some pictures when I am a bit further along.
 

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Good deal! Love the A's lines.
 

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another vote here for shock fluid. (and getting rebuilt shocks from Peter at Worldwide)
 

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Either the motorcycle fork oil or mineral oil. The fork tube oil is a bit lighter.
 

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Back when Moby Dick was a minnow, I used Castrol R. It was mineral based in lieu of petroleum based, making it compatible with the seals. It was either 20 or 30wt.
 

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I used Harley Davidson Hydraulic Fork Oil Type E, which is 20 weight.
 

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:iagree:

What Joe said.
 
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I took the easy way out and ordered some shock oil from Moss when I was placing some other orders. I'll probably get the Harley shock oil for future needs the next time I go to New Bern, NC. We are way off the beaten path here so It is usually easier to order items than go searching for them. Our county is so rural that we only have two stoplights in the whole county. But we do have the Pamlico Sound and the ICW right here. It's a trade off.
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Well I guess you got me beat my County has four stop lights I think we have three and a Roundabout. The County seat is and hour away with one but never go there so not sure. Shock oil should be an mineral base for two reasons will not hurt seals and not temp sensitive cycle fork oil works and easy to get most places. Madflyer
 

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They are hydraulic shock absorbers, so use hydraulic oil. This is usually 20W mineral oil with anti-foaming agents. Hydraulic jack oil works great, and easily available in small quantities anywhere they sell floor jacks (Harbor Freight) or likely any auto parts store. Think pint or quart bottles,
 
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