9 September 2010 - 6:25Fjixing Dicky’s Fjork
Apparently, the pictures of me molesting Dicky’s 2011 10 speed X9 group were quite popular in certain social circles in Breckenridge.
It’s all good clean fun, but we were missing a few items to complete the group. The most important one (at least to me) is/was the Reba XX fjork, This is a tapered steerer tube fjork with the 20mm Maxle-Lite axle. Most of you all know that I really like the Reba fjork, but I always take mine apart and give it a little extra love.
No, no, not like that.
I always replace the stock seals with Enduro wiper seals. This gives me an opportunity to make sure the oil bath is actually there, and since I was taking the fjork apart to change the travel to 120mm, this was a good a time as any to make sure this fjork is as buttery as his master pleases. I let all the air out of the positive and negative springs, and dropped the fork lowers.
Then, I pulled the air spring assembly to remove the single All Travel spacer that was in there (80mm=2 spacers, 100= 1 spacer, 120=no spacer). When putting it all back together, I used a generous amount of Buzzy’z Slick Honey around the piston head and the negative spring seal.
Don’t pay any attention to those big sounding technical words, I’m just using them to try and sound smart.
With the travel set at 120, I then put about 10ccs of 15wt oil on top of the piston head, enough so that it is covered, and then put the top cap back on the positive air chamber.
The next step was to pull out the crappy stock single seal and foam ring from both sides of the lowers. The Enduro uses a double lip seal that sits below the blue wiper seal. The wiper wipes, the seals seal, 2 things doing the job of one so much more effectively in this case. I loaded the inside of these buggers with a generous helping of Slick Honey.
Then it was time for the lowers to go back on, and I added 15ccs of 15 wt oil in the lowers before securing them with the various bits and pieces used to do this. Pressurize the air springs, and voila, extra plush suspension. It’s worth the effort in my opinion, and I didn’t even have any extra parts on the bench afterwards.
I guess we’ll see what his Dickness thinks.