Originally Posted by mccsix
I have a spray bottle (set on stream) full of ATF. I periodically spray down all the sides of the cylinders when they're lowered to clean and lube them.
This takes me back...in a previous life as a US Marine my MOS had me performing maintenance on fighter jets. One of our procedures was to wipe down the struts (similar to a shock but also no different than a hydraulic ram) with ATF on a regular basis. The military usually figures out what works as far as preventative maintenance goes.