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There are many stories about the difference differing oils can make in your fork. RockShox only recommends their oil in their forks. They also say you should only go with the oil weight recommended as well. For the most part, the plentitude of adjustments that are given should be enough to tune the fork to your needs. All of RockShox's current forks use 5 weight oil, but some older forks have different needs. And, just to prove there's an exception to every rule, 2002 Boxxers can have their oil weights changed. Before buying oil, consult your owner's manual, and, if you lost that, check the web. Once you have that info, order the correct weight. When adding oil, precision is usually a good thing; so a syringe or two-stroke oil mixer can help with the job.
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Necessary part of the equation
Having the proper suspension fluid/oil is essential for consistent performance. There's other options out there that may be cheaper, but the weight could be off slightly from what Rockshox intended so it's just easier to go with this option. These bottles provide plenty of fluid for a few rebuilds to get your suspension feeling nice and fresh.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Rock Shox makes it incredibly easy to rebuild your fork. You should follow the correct manual for your fork found http://www.sram.com/service.
Below is an example for the Revelation. You need this oil to do the job.
Maintenance interval are the numerics in ride hours.
Change Speed Lube oil bath 25
Check front suspension fasteners for proper torque 25
Clean and lubricate remote lockout cable and housing 25
Remove lowers, clean/inspect bushings and change oil bath
(if applicable) 50
Clean and lubricate air spring assembly 50
Change oil in damping system (including hydraulic lockout) 100
Clean and lubricate coil spring assembly (coil forks only) 100