Servicing - what should I be checking and when?

TommyC

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I’ll have a dig around for an old socket I can grind flat! Pretty sure I can make a driver up out of some pvc pipe.
 

RustyMTB

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You will need oil for the fork. Not much but still. If you're in it for the long term, then buy a litre or so & then it's always on hand for when you need it. Essentially, if you stick to the recommended 50 hour servicing intervals, you'll be cleaning the internals, swapping the wiper seals & renewing the oil. Strictcly speaking, you should renew crush washers & fork seals but in reality, you'll find they nearly always need doing less often unless they're obviously damaged etc.

 

steve_sordy

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Flat socket is for the air spring side , normal sockets can chew up the cap as there's very little to get a hold of ...........
I bought an ordinary socket for my Fox 38 for a few pounds and ground it flat with a hand-held grinder. I was surprised how quick it was to do. Then I smoothed if off on some Emery cloth (but any 180-grit abrasive will do).
Lay the emery cloth on a flat hard surface and then rub the socket across in a figure of eight motion. Turn the socket by 90 degrees or so every 30 seconds. Then remove any burrs inside and out; (they will be slight).
Only saved myself about a fiver, but it was the principle of the thing. :)
 

E-MAD MALC

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I bought an ordinary socket for my Fox 38 for a few pounds and ground it flat with a hand-held grinder. I was surprised how quick it was to do. Then I smoothed if off on some Emery cloth (but any 180-grit abrasive will do).
Lay the emery cloth on a flat hard surface and then rub the socket across in a figure of eight motion. Turn the socket by 90 degrees or so every 30 seconds. Then remove any burrs inside and out; (they will be slight).
Only saved myself about a fiver, but it was the principle of the thing. :)
I bought one of these off ebay last year
Comes in handy for all the different size nuts it's aluminium on the suspension top

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Ark

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You will need oil for the fork. Not much but still. If you're in it for the long term, then buy a litre or so & then it's always on hand for when you need it. Essentially, if you stick to the recommended 50 hour servicing intervals, you'll be cleaning the internals, swapping the wiper seals & renewing the oil. Strictcly speaking, you should renew crush washers & fork seals but in reality, you'll find they nearly always need doing less often unless they're obviously damaged etc.
and in an emergency if oil is dripping from that crush washer, some people literally make a temporary one out of a milk carton with a hole punch.
 

TommyC

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I’ve ordered the refresh kits for the fork and air can. Also got 100ml of 5wt Teflon damper oil and some anti friction lube. That covers it right?
 

RustyMTB

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Yep. Although I'm suggesting you can get away with quick & dirty servicing on forks, I tend to do shocks by the book as they're under way more pressure. Different discussion but MTB forks are a lousy design in general. They run out of lube & gobble up dirt in a matter of hours. We need to resurrect the upside down design, way better philosophy.
 

steve_sordy

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I thought they were 28nm
That sounds like a correct figure to me. However, I remember clearly that it was 40Nm on the Pike that I first removed the top cap. I remember it because I thought it was a stupidly high figure. 40Nm is the same as for a bottom bracket or the cassette lock ring, but they well designed for the spanner/lock ring to get hold of, not thin alloy flats!
I was bricking myself at my first attempt to remove the cap. It sure felt like it could have been 40Nm. I made no attempt to retighten it back to 40Nm, just to what felt to be "tight enough". But I slowly gained sag over the next few rides, so it wasn't tight enough! I didn't have a torque wrench big enough so I just increased the tightness a little bit. That stopped the leakage, but I have no idea how tight it was.
 

E-MAD MALC

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That sounds like a correct figure to me. However, I remember clearly that it was 40Nm on the Pike that I first removed the top cap. I remember it because I thought it was a stupidly high figure. 40Nm is the same as for a bottom bracket or the cassette lock ring, but they well designed for the spanner/lock ring to get hold of, not thin alloy flats!
I was bricking myself at my first attempt to remove the cap. It sure felt like it could have been 40Nm. I made no attempt to retighten it back to 40Nm, just to what felt to be "tight enough". But I slowly gained sag over the next few rides, so it wasn't tight enough! I didn't have a torque wrench big enough so I just increased the tightness a little bit. That stopped the leakage, but I have no idea how tight it was.
This is what I work from Steve
Pretty much the same for most of the forks

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TommyC

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Well I only have 27mm sockets and need 26mm. I reckon I’ll end just using an adjustable spanner and going FT.
 

TommyC

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I’m a plumber. A 6” Bahco adjustable is like an extension of my arm! I’d get it off and back on no problem. Just not sure I’d torque it up enough without marking it.
 

E-MAD MALC

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Plumbings part of the company I work for we use these for chrome work and these would be the only thing I would ever at a push use on the bike

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TommyC

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I don’t intend to use the adjustable but it’s definitely do-able. I refused to buy the park tool socket from tftuned for £8 so now, as a matter or principle, I need a cheaper solution. Found this at B&Q so will be paying a visit tomorrow

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TommyC

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So the bike is almost back together. Rear shock is serviced, although it didn’t look like it needed it. Those white washer are a pain in the arse! Frame is back together and motor/electrics back in. Rear wheel has had new wheel bearings and I’ve just topped up the tubeless sealant. It was done over a year ago but it’s also never been topped up and I read cleaning the old stuff out is messy!

Just the forks to go but I’ve hit a problem. I can’t get the air spring out. I know, I didn’t need to take it out, I was just being nosy, but now the air spring has pushed back and is stuck. Now I have the circlip out of the bottom, can I just put some air in the top again and pop it out?
 

E-MAD MALC

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So the bike is almost back together. Rear shock is serviced, although it didn’t look like it needed it. Those white washer are a pain in the arse! Frame is back together and motor/electrics back in. Rear wheel has had new wheel bearings and I’ve just topped up the tubeless sealant. It was done over a year ago but it’s also never been topped up and I read cleaning the old stuff out is messy!

Just the forks to go but I’ve hit a problem. I can’t get the air spring out. I know, I didn’t need to take it out, I was just being nosy, but now the air spring has pushed back and is stuck. Now I have the circlip out of the bottom, can I just put some air in the top again and pop it out?
I take it the threaded rod decided to loose itself in the lowers
Just pump it up very slowly and it should work it's way back out
Jus put a cloth over the end to catch it
 

TommyC

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I take it the threaded rod decided to loose itself in the lowers
Just pump it up very slowly and it should work it's way back out
Jus put a cloth over the end to catch it
It came out by hand in the end as I was scared to put too much pressure in there! Some air definitely helped though.

Forks are back on the bike but the damper side wouldn’t torque up as the damper just spins? Will keep an eye on it to see if it leaks.

Only put in fresh oil in the end. Seals and crush washers all looked good so will keep the ones I bought for another day.
 

RustyIron

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Forks are back on the bike but the damper side wouldn’t torque up as the damper just spins? Will keep an eye on it to see if it leaks.

Only put in fresh oil in the end. Seals and crush washers all looked good so will keep the ones I bought for another day.

The rod where it comes out the bottom? Yeah, they're like that. Sometimes you can tighten them to the torque you want, sometimes they spin a little. Do what you can, and hope for the best. I've never had one come apart.

I'm a cheapskate do the same thing with my seals and crush washers. Reusing them once or twice has never been a problem.
 

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