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Found this chart & thought it may shed some light on the fork oil mystery.

Fork oil weights
The real story...
This table is sorted by real viscosity (centiStokes), not by nominal weight. Note that the nominal weight is ... um... not really in the same order as the real weight.

The other interesting number is the Viscosity Index (VI), which is how stable the viscosity is over a wide temperature range. Bigger numbers are better. It doesn't just mean hot-day vs. cold day, it means begining of race vs. end.

Brand / weight / modelnominal weightReported cSt @40C (centiStokes)Reported cSt @100C (centiStokes)Reported Viscosity Index (VI)Recaclulated Viscosity Index (VI)Viscosity/ Temperature Coefficient (VTC)VT ([email protected]/[email protected])
Red Line (like water, Clear)
5.50​
2.30​
344​
343​
0.58​
2.39​
Red Line (extra light, Blue)
9.80​
4.00​
402​
403​
0.59​
2.45​
Spectro, Golden (ultra light)
10.40​
4.40​
385​
440​
0.58​
2.36​
RockShox (2.5w Light cartridge (Torco 5)
2.5​
10.75​
4.00​
325​
340​
0.63​
2.69​
Torco RFF 5
5​
10.75​
4.00​
325​
340​
0.63​
2.69​
Bel-Ray HVI (3 wt)
3​
11.00​
3.85​
296​
297​
0.65​
2.86​
Kayaba (K2-S shock)
11.30​
4.00​
310​
310​
0.65​
2.83​
Showa Suspension Fluid SS-25 (2.5wt. Stock Shock, OEM)
2.5​
12.50​
3.90​
239​
239​
0.69​
3.21​
Silkolene Pro RSF (2.5wt)
2.5​
13.60​
5.83​
464​
465​
0.57​
2.33​
Maxima Racing Shock Fluid (light, 3wt)
3​
14.00​
5.20​
378​
370​
0.63​
2.69​
Torco RSF Light (purple)
14.50​
4.70​
288​
286​
0.68​
3.09​
PJ1 Cartridge Pro For Fluid (3.5 wt)
3.5​
14.60​
3.60​
134​
0.75​
4.06​
Castrol Fork Oil (10wt)
10​
15.00​
4.00​
150​
179​
0.73​
3.75​
RaceTech (Motorex) (Light US1)
4.25​
15.20​
4.40​
222​
226​
0.71​
3.45​
Penske (lightweight shock fluid)
15.50​
6.30​
434​
434​
0.59​
2.46​
Kayaba 01 (zero-One Fork)
15.60​
3.45​
150​
96​
0.78​
4.52​
Yamaha 01 Fork oil (Kayaba)
15.60​
3.45​
150​
96​
0.78​
4.52​
Showa Suspension Fluid SS-05 (Stock fork, OEM)
15.65​
3.60​
116​
113​
0.77​
4.36​
Maxima Bicycle Fork fluid (5wt)
5​
15.90​
3.51​
150​
98​
0.78​
5.53​
Maxima Fork oil (5 wt)
5​
15.90​
3.51​
150​
98​
0.78​
4.53​
Maxima Racing Fork fluid (85/150, 5 wt)
5​
15.90​
3.51​
150​
98​
0.78​
4.53​
Motul Fork Oil (Very Light ) ??
16.00​
3.50​
100​
95​
0.78​
4.57​
Rockshox (52 Medium, Hydracoil) (Torco 7)
7​
16.10​
5.05​
285​
280​
0.69​
3.19​
Torco RFF 7
7​
16.10​
5.05​
285​
280​
0.69​
3.19​
Motul Shock Oil (2.5-20)
16.10​
6.20​
400​
403​
0.61​
2.60​
showa Suspension Fluid SS-7 (5wt) (Apolo)
5​
16.44​
3.76​
135​
119​
0.77​
4.37​
Spectro, Golden Spectro cartridge Fork Fluid (85/150, Very light)
16.90​
3.82​
150​
119​
0.77​
4.42​
Honda Pro HP Fork Oil (5wt)
5​
17.00​
3.80​
140​
115​
0.78​
4.47​
Pro-Circuit PC-Oil
17.00​
4.10​
149​
0.76​
4.15​
Bel-Ray Fork Oil (5 wt)
5​
17.10​
4.10​
146​
147​
0.76​
4.17​
Kayaba G5
5​
17.70​
3.50​
72​
72​
0.80​
5.06​
ELF Moto Fork oil SYN (2.5)
2.5​
18.00​
4.00​
121​
122​
0.78​
4.50​
Motul Fork Oil, Comfort (Light 5)
5​
18.20​
4.00​
124​
119​
0.78​
4.55​
Motul Fork Oil, Factory Line (Light 5)
5​
18.30​
4.20​
138​
138​
0.77​
4.36​
Red Line (Light, Yellow)
18.40​
7.10​
407​
409​
0.61​
2.59​
Agip Fork (2.5 wt)
2.5​
18.50​
4.37​
152​
153​
0.76​
4.23​
Bardahl (52 Fork Oil)
19.30​
5.10​
212​
212​
0.74​
3.78​
Bel-Ray HVI (5wt)
5​
19.50​
6.66​
345​
345​
0.66​
2.93​
Torco RFF 10
10​
19.90​
5.70​
260​
256​
0.71​
3.49​
Motul Fork Oil (Light)??
20.00​
6.00​
260​
280​
0.70​
3.33​
Spectro, SX "400"
20.90​
8.90​
400​
460​
0.57​
2.35​
Maxima Racing Shock Fluid (Medium, 7wt)
7​
21.00​
7.30​
349​
358​
0.65​
2.88​
Spectro Fork Oil (5wt)
5​
21.60​
4.40​
119​
114​
0.80​
4.91​
Agip Fork (5wt)
5​
22.00​
5.20​
175​
178​
0.76​
4.23​
Silkolene Fork Oil (5wt)
5​
22.30​
4.40​
106​
107​
0.80​
5.07​
Motul Fork Oil, Factory Line (Medium, 5-10)
7.5​
22.30​
6.20​
254​
253​
0.72​
3.60​
Elf Moto Fork OIL SYN (5)
5​
23.30​
4.80​
130​
129​
0.79​
4.85​
PJ1 Fork Tuner (2.5wt)
2.5​
26.10​
4.90​
111​
0.81​
5.33​
Spectro, Golden Spectro Cartridge Fork Fluid (125/150, Very Light) (Marzzochi)
26.10​
5.25​
150​
135​
0.80​
4.97​
Spectro, Golden (Very Light)
26.40​
9.90​
400​
397​
0.63​
2.67​
Maxima Racing Fork Fluid (125/150), 7wt)
7​
26.70​
5.36​
151​
138​
0.80​
4.98​
Silkolene Pro RSF (5wt)
5​
26.70​
9.46​
372​
372​
0.65​
2.82​
PJ1 Fork Tuner (7.5wt)
7.5​
27.50​
5.10​
113​
0.81​
5.39​
Castrol Synthetic Fork Oil (5wt)
5​
28.00​
5.70​
151​
149​
0.80​
4.91​
Öhlins (Shock)
28.70​
9.40​
340​
340​
0.67​
3.05​
Bel-Ray Fork Oil (7wt)
7​
29.00​
5.20​
110​
108​
0.82​
5.58​
Maxima Racing Shock Fluid (Heavy, 10wt)
10​
29.00​
9.40​
334​
336​
0.68​
3.09​
Öhlins (High Performance)
30.25​
10.18​
352​
352​
0.66​
2.97​
Red Line (Medium, Red)
30.40​
10.80​
369​
374​
0.64​
2.81​
Agip Fork (7.5wt)
7.5​
31.00​
6.40​
163​
165​
0.79​
4.84​
PJ1 Fork Tuner (5wt)
5​
31.20​
5.40​
106​
0.83​
5.78​
Fox Shox (Torco RSF Medium)
31.82​
9.57​
300​
309​
0.70​
3.32​
Torco RSF Medium (Purple)
31.82​
9.57​
300​
309​
0.70​
3.32​
Maxima Bicycle Fork Fluid (10wt)
10​
32.00​
6.28​
151​
151​
0.80​
5.10​
Maxima Fork Oil (10wt)
10​
32.00​
6.28​
151​
151​
0.80​
5.10​
Spectro Fork Oil (10wt)
10​
32.80​
5.60​
111​
107​
0.83​
5.86​
RaceTech (Motorex) (Medium US2)
10​
32.90​
7.20​
200​
192​
0.78​
4.57​
Bel-Ray Fork Oil (10wt)
10​
33.00​
5.90​
123​
123​
0.82​
5.59​
RockShox (10wt) (Torco 15)
10​
33.00​
8.40​
240​
247​
0.75​
3.93​
Torco RFF 15
15​
33.00​
8.40​
240​
247​
0.75​
3.93​
Shell Advance Fork 5
5​
33.05​
7.09​
185​
185​
0.79​
4.66​
Kayaba G10S
10​
33.20​
5.70​
111​
111​
0.83​
5.82​
Bel-Ray HVI (10wt)
10​
33.50​
10.00​
306​
308​
0.70​
3.35​
PJ1 Fork Tuner (10wt)
10​
33.90​
5.70​
106​
0.83​
5.95​
Red Line D4 ATF
34.00​
7.50​
198​
197​
0.78​
4.53​
Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF
34.00​
7.60​
199​
202​
0.78​
4.47​
Silkolene Fork Oil (10wt)
10​
34.90​
7.05​
169​
169​
0.80​
4.95​
Motul Fork Oil, Comfort (Medium 5-10)
7.5​
35.30​
6.00​
115​
114​
0.83​
5.88​
Bardahl (10w Fork Oil)
10​
35.50​
6.90​
158​
158​
0.81​
5.14​
Showa Suspension Fluid SS8 (10wt) (Apollo)
10​
36.47​
7.24​
200​
167​
0.80​
5.04​
Silkolene Pro RSF (7.5wt)
7.5​
37.00​
12.00​
322​
339​
0.68​
3.08​
Shell Advance Fork 10
10​
38.97​
7.44​
161​
161​
0.81​
5.24​
Castrol Synthetic Fork Oil (10wt)
10​
42.00​
7.50​
150​
147​
0.82​
5.60​
RockShox (15w Extra Heavy) (Torco 20)
15​
42.80​
10.40​
250​
245​
0.76​
4.12​
Torco RFF 20
20​
42.80​
10.40​
250​
245​
0.76​
4.12​
Agip Fork (10wt)
10​
45.00​
8.30​
164​
162​
0.82​
5.42​
Elf Moto Fork Oil SYN (10)
10​
45.40​
7.60​
135​
134​
0.83​
5.97​
Spectro Fork Oil (15wt)
15​
45.60​
7.20​
119​
118​
0.84​
6.33​
Repsol Moto Horquillas Fork Oil (10W20)
46.00​
8.40​
150​
161​
0.82​
5.48​
Maxima Bicycle Fork Fluid (15wt)
15​
46.00​
8.48​
154​
163​
0.82​
5.42​
Maxima Fork Oil (15wt)
15​
46.00​
8.48​
154​
163​
0.82​
5.42​
Maxima Racing Fork Fluid (235/150, 15wt)
15​
46.00​
8.48​
154​
163​
0.82​
5.42​
Castrol Fork Oil (15wt)
15​
46.50​
8.30​
150​
155​
0.82​
5.60​
ELF Moto Fork Oil (10wt)
10​
47.00​
8.30​
153​
153​
0.82​
5.66​
Spectro, Golden (light)
47.27​
16.76​
235​
370​
0.65​
2.82​
Kayaba G15S
15​
47.30​
7.20​
112​
112​
0.85​
6.57​
Silkolene Pro RSF (10wt)
10​
47.36​
13.69​
303​
303​
0.71​
3.46​
Silkolene Fork Oil (15wt)
15​
48.45​
8.50​
153​
153​
0.82​
5.70​
Bel-Ray HVI (15wt)
15​
49.00​
13.90​
297​
298​
0.72​
3.53​
Bel-Ray Fork Oil (15wt)
15​
53.00​
7.50​
103​
103​
0.86​
7.07​
Red Line High Temp ATF
53.90​
10.00​
172​
176​
0.81​
5.39​
PJ1 Fork Tuner (15wt)
15​
55.30​
8.70​
133​
0.84​
6.36​
Motul Fork Oil, Factory Line (Heavy, 15-20)
61.00​
13.20​
224​
225​
0.78​
4.62​
PJ1 Fork Tuner (20wt)
20​
61.70​
8.40​
106​
0.86​
7.35​
Spectro Fork Oil (20wt)
20​
65.00​
8.90​
110​
111​
0.86​
7.30​
Maxima Bicycle Fork Fluid (20w)
20​
65.00​
12.90​
201​
204​
0.80​
5.04​
Maxima Fork Oil (20w)
20​
65.60​
12.90​
201​
202​
0.80​
5.09​
Red Line (Heavy)
66.80​
16.00​
256​
256​
0.76​
4.18​
Shell Advance Fork 15
15​
67.00​
10.37​
120​
143​
0.85​
6.46​
Silkolene Fork Oil (20wt)
20​
67.70​
8.75​
101​
101​
0.87​
7.74​
Castrol Fork Oil (20wt)
20​
68.00​
11.20​
150​
159​
0.84​
6.07​
Repsol Moto Horquillas Fork Oil (15W30)
68.00​
11.20​
150​
159​
0.84​
6.07​
Agip Fork (15wt)
15​
69.00​
11.50​
162​
163​
0.83​
6.00​
Elf Moto Fork Oil (15)
15​
72.60​
11.60​
155​
155​
0.84​
6.26​
Bel-Ray Fork Oil (20wt)
20​
73.50​
9.50​
106​
107​
0.87​
7.74​
Motul Fork Oil, Comfort (Heavy, 15-20)
77.90​
10.10​
111​
112​
0.87​
7.71​
Torco Synthetic RTF
82.50​
14.33​
182​
182​
0.83​
5.76​
Motorex Semi-Bath fork oil, 5W40
90.90​
14.60​
169​
168​
0.84​
6.23​
Silkolene Pro RSF (15wt)
15​
92.50​
19.50​
235​
233​
0.79​
4.77​
ELF Moto Fork Oil (20)
20​
99.00​
14.60​
150​
153​
0.85​
6.78​
Agip Fork (20wt)
20​
104.00​
15.03​
155​
151​
0.86​
6.92​
Silkolene Fork Oil (30wt)
30​
105.00​
11.84​
101​
102​
0.89​
8.87​
Bel-Ray Fork Oil (30wt)
30​
105.00​
12.00​
104​
104​
0.89​
8.75​
Kayaba G30S
30​
116.10​
16.70​
156​
156​
0.86​
6.95​
PJ1 Fork Tuner (30wt)
30​
116.90​
15.00​
133​
0.87​
7.79​
Spectro, Golden American 4 (20w50)
155.00​
19.60​
146​
145​
0.87​
7.91​


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I have no idea. I was just searching around on the subject and came across the chart, figured Id post it hoping someone would know how to decode it.
From what I can gather just go with the Indian fork oil. RacnRay suggested a tad overfilling it. Don't hold me to it but I think 6ML more.
I've been looking to buy some fork tools, Dealer quoted me $750+ for the 15K maintenance which I believe includes fork oil R&R
Are you doing the oil change yourself ?

If you can get the centistroke numbers from the indain fork oil you could cross reference it on the chart I guess.

If you find anything post it .

Good luck
 
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