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    Senior Member Monkey Spud's Avatar
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    Cracked Fork (Mars Super)

    Anyone ever ran into this problem?

    Ive got a 2001 Schwinn Homegrown that came with a Manitou Mars Super. Its always had this hissing sound to it. I even called tech support a while back (probably in 2001) and they told me that it was bleeding air from the oil side. I figured if its anything like a hydraulic system, they are probably right.

    Well last week, I was doing maintenance on the bike and I lubed the fork. After doing so I tested it with some light, medium and hard compression. That hissing noise was much louder and I discovered grease leaking from a crack on the inside (spoke side) of the air/coil leg. WTF?? It actually ruptured from the inside.

    The thing is out of warranty and the part that cracked looks like it isnt a repairable part. Any verdicts?
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    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
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    You found a leak on the lower. What material is it. If you don't have money for a new one I think weldng would fix it. Check with a pro welder for safety issues but it should get you more time on the fork.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    I'm no welder but those lowers are magnesium and they get all kinds of bright and shiny (in a flare kinda way) when you apply enough heat to them. Time for a new fork Spud

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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    How old is it? Are you buddies with the LBS? Try to get it warrantied. Send Manitou an e-mail and see what they say. You'll probably have to send it to them, but chances are, they rebuild it for a minimal charge and you'll have a factory freshened fork!

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