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    Buying syringes

    Where can you locally buy syringes for maintenance? I'm going to do my first shock seal and fluid replacement and I need to measure the right volumes. I also want a syringe for brake bleeds.

    Any way they can be sourced locally?
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    I assume that any pharmacy will have them?

    CVS Oral Syringe 2 Tsp/10 mL - CVS.com

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    D'oh! Didn't even think of that.

    I did some internet searches and all I found was a bunch of bodybuilding sites and illegal drug manufacturing message boards with some shady online sellers of syringes. Pharmacy...go figure.
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    Farm supply to get higher volume versions

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    Farm supply stores like Southern States or Tractor Supply will have them in the veterinarian/animal care section.

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    Buying syringes

    Quote Originally Posted by wncbiker View Post
    Farm supply stores like Southern States or Tractor Supply will have them in the veterinarian/animal care section.
    Yep, they're cheap too. I once vaccinated my cat for $3 after a visit to farm supply store in Colorado - you can grab some Wranglers too.

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    Buying syringes

    If you're working on shocks, you might find a graduated cylinder is a bit quicker to work with, and will help keep foaming down as you're adding the oil into the stanchion. You can grab a plastic one from amazon for cheap.

    Remember to read the fluid level from the bottom of the meniscus.

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    I was thinking of getting a syringe for grease, like a mini grease gun for loose ball bearing overhauls (hubs, pedals).

    Now I know where to look for one, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wncbiker View Post
    Farm supply stores like Southern States or Tractor Supply will have them in the veterinarian/animal care section.
    Yep this is where I found mine.
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    I buy them at Petco, but just about any large pet store will carry them. Check the liquid food aisles. I use them for back bleeding brakes and clutches on motorcycles.

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    Check eBay. A lot of folks selling them with needles for filling ink cartridges and other hobby related needs. I bought ten for a little over $12 shipped. They are medical quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    Check eBay.
    Yip. I buy them off eBay. Pretty cheap.

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    I like the Luer lock syringes. They have the 'screw off' end so you can quickly separate the hose end from the syringe (helps when you're trying to purge/clean the syringe).

    I believe the Luer lock style syringes are the most common at hospitals... At least my friends that are RN's and NP's have no trouble finding me a couple from time to time

    EDIT: The syringes that came in my Avid bleed kit (and came with my Reverb) are both Luer lock style.
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    Here ya go (not local though):

    10-pack of 60cc, Luer lock syringes at $0.95/ea

    Syringe 60cc Luer Lock Tip Sterile (Pack of 10): Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

    EDIT: hmmm, they say Luer-Lock, but the pictures don't show a Luer lock tip. Now i'm confused. lol
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    Keep in mind that brake and suspension fluids can eat through many plastics, and a syringe that is compatible with suspension fluid can being ruined by brake fluid, and a vice-versa. You are best getting a syringe specific to the job you are doing.

    Mixmizer syringes are pretty easy to find at hardware stores. That's the same syringe Fox uses to make their FIT bleeder syringe, so you know it's compatible with suspension fluid.

    For brake fluid it is pretty common for bike shops to sell bleed kits that include a couple syringes. I like the Jagwire Pro Bleed Kits (available in mineral and DOT fluid options) because they include two syringes, and all the fittings required for all major brake manufacturers of each brake fluid (eg. the mineral kit will include fittings for Shimano, Magura and Tektro/TRP).

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    Make sure you buy syringes that are made from Polypropylene and the plungers are made from Buna-n. Both of these materials have a high chemical resistance. I've used these syringes on mineral oil, DOT4, DOT5, and shock oil with out a problem for years. The only thing I will say is do not mix different fluids without cleaning the syringes first.

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    If you want free syringes, ask any of your friends who have young kids. I have probably a dozen syringes - they come with kids medication and OTC children's Advil/Motrin/Tylenol, etc.

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    You can find them at McMaster Carr: McMaster-Carr
    They have everything but they are definitely the least expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    If you want free syringes, ask any of your friends who have young kids.
    Good tip. They can pick up dozen of the things while they're down the playpark! ;0)

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    A local private pharmacy will often sell a syringe they use for mixing and compounding (I paid $1 last time). It's graduated and is a good size. Even if they don't have them out they have a bunch in the back for their own use. Works really well and has a threaded opening. The syringes used with kids' medicine are usually too small.

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