Mountain Biking - Ring of oil on stanchions
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04-13-05, 12:49 PM
I just noticed today that on my shiver, at the very bottom of the stanchions that there is a very thin ring of oil. Is this due to bad seals or is it kind of a normal thing to happen. I know on my friends super t, he had very thick rings of oil on his and he had to replace his seals. Thanks a lot
04-13-05, 03:02 PM
Its just the dirt that was pushed down the stanchion by the seal. Its open bath and allows a tiny bit of oil on the stanchions to keep it lubricated.
04-13-05, 03:08 PM
well yea if its pissing oil then you need a seal replacing. BUt just a little ring is fine. I lube my stanchions before every ride so i do get it as well
04-13-05, 03:27 PM
okay cool. its just a little tiny bit of oil coming out of the fork now. also, what do you use to lube your stanctions before rides? I might get some since i want this shiver to last forever
04-13-05, 03:31 PM
well. I use tri flow. If you want your fork to last a long time do what I did when i wanted the same with my SID. Get enduro fork seals. Here are two links which will be helpful:
http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Shock_Upgrade/product_122719.shtml 26 reviews, 25 of them have 5 stars across the board.
The website of who makes them. THose guys also have excellent tech support, CHris is his name. Hes registed here under CHris2fur. They recommended a teflon based lube and tri flow fits that well.
Anyways ive been running these since january, even through snow and mud. I took apart my fork to check for dirt, nothing. THese work and heck. the OEM rockshox seals cost 29.99 to replace + shipping. THese cost 20 + 5 to ship
don't worry about the oil. Look at some Boxxers and Dorado's, they are renowned for having oil rings. All it is the fork has an Open Bath oil system as mentioned above. This means that the way it is setup also allows for a little bit of oil to lubricate the stanction and seals, this will allow a little bit to come through and voila... little black rings of oil and dirt.
As for lubing your stanctions, there are some lubes specifically for that, one that my friend uses on his Dorado's is called Fork Honey, it is thicker than lubricants like Tri-flow and doesn't flow down the lowers, or in your case rim. As your fork is inverted, I would recommend not using a free flowing lube on your forks as it is quite possible it would flow down/splash on to your disc rotor. For that reason, try to find a specific fork lube like the mentioned Fork Honey.
04-14-05, 04:22 AM
On my Fox 100RL I use silicon spray lubricant (the food grade stuff that is used for food preparation machinery)
Cheap and works awesome.
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