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    How do I fix my shock?

    I just pulled my bike out of storage, and after a few years of not riding it something happened to the shock. It has only about an inch of shock when i put weight on it. Its a Rock Shox Judy XC from 96 I think.
    1996 GT Zaskar LE

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    Does it bottom out when you push on it, or just get too stiff to push any further? If it's just getting too stiff, you can back off the preload knobs on the top of the fork legs. I can't see how it could be bottoming out. You might also turn the bike upside down overnight to let the fluid coat the inside of the shock. Should help to free it up if it's sticking.
    If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough...

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    It gets stiff and hard to push. I went to a shop and they said the internals in the shock were destroyed. They said something about the Englund total air system. Should I get that for around 120 or just buy a new shock for 200
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    Personally I'd go with the new shock. I had, (have) a Judy XC. Not that great a shock to begin with. It also depends on what shock you're looking at for $200 though.
    If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough...

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    For 250USD you can get your self a Marzocchi Z.1 Wedge. Strong and reliable. The one drawback is they have internal adjustments rather then external.
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    It might just be the stiction you would expect from a lack of use and lack of lubrication.

    You could first try some Judy Butter or a Silicone spray.

    I wouldn't put more money into the fork. Prices have come down as performance has increased so a new fork is a good idea anyway. Try to find a fairly short travel fork to suit your frame.

    Note that if your bike uses a 1" headset, a replacement fork will be a little more difficult to track down, 1-1/8" being the current standard. I do think GT went to the larger size early on in the game but I could be wrong.

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    Key words: "Englund Total Air system." They are prone to leakage. Been there, owned that... and many former customers have too. The track record's pretty poor.

    Edit: ok, upon reading your post again, sounds like they're trying to sell you an Englund setup? I'm getting in line behind the others and advising you get a new shock. The problem with an older Judy would most likely be hardened-up elastomers, if it gets stiff too fast. The elastomer-based Judys were also very prone to losing the oil out of their damper cartridge... just not a good generation of shocks.

    On the bright side, here's a grand excuse to upgrade!
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    Or you could try Mountain Speed's Speed Springs. I like mine and I don't even work for them.

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    I had a '96 GT and it was 1-1/8 and mine was toward the bottom of the line. It was a Rebound, you've got a Zaskar, so I'd bet hard money you're ok at 1-1/8"

    I agree, I wouldn't rebuild that fork, there are great closeout deals all over for a good fork under $200, some as cheap as $90.

    This is a great fork: http://pricepoint.com/product145.html

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    Im thinking about getting a used Marzocchi X-Fly 80 for around $300. Is that a good price?
    1996 GT Zaskar LE

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    Check www.jensonusa.com I just got a new flyer yesterday and they're running some good deals on closeout!

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    Originally posted by dirtbikedude
    For 250USD you can get your self a Marzocchi Z.1 Wedge. Strong and reliable. The one drawback is they have internal adjustments rather then external.
    Slainte

    where?

    don't say airbomb.com because I just placed an order with them and now it turns out they don't have them in stock......
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