Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Bikes: 1956 F. H. Grubb, 1989 Raleigh Technium road bike (all components upgraded), 2001 Raleigh M80 (all components upgraded)
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Oiling Manitou Magnums
I have a pair of 2001 Magnums on my mountain bike, and would like some help lubricating them.
Admittedly, I have not serviced the forks since I bought the bike new in 2002.
I took the cap off the top of the right fork, as suggested in the PDF owners manual that I found online, and noticed that there was no oil visible. The owner's manual suggests 5W fork oil for my weight (150).
Can I use 5W20 motor oil? That's all I have right now.
Does oil go in both forks?
How do I get the oil in the left (spring) fork?
What are the "microlube" ports on the backs of the shocks?
Is the only other adjustment the rebound adjuster which is the cap on the top of the left fork?
The owner's manual suggests torquing both caps down to 50 lbs/inch. Is this critical?
Finally, is elastomer replacement difficult? I read a post here on B.F. where it sounded complicated. Manitou does not have any elstomers available for this fork, anyway.
I'm going to be upgrading to the Drake next month, but until I do I just want to have enough oil in these forks.