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Old 03-05-05, 11:00 AM
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Rusty Suspension Fork

I have noticed a fair amount of rust developing on my suspension fork. Is there really anything that can be done about it? Does it matter?

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Old 03-05-05, 11:08 AM
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What can be done about it is a mild attack with a Scotchbrite pad (or some 000 steel wool) and WD-40. Go easy on the elbow grease.

How much it matters is very little . . . but take it off anyway. You'll fell better . . . and your bike will thank you for it.
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nooooooooooo, dont use anything that will scratch the stanctions, .
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1 vote- Clean.

1 vote- Don't clean.
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Old 03-05-05, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by dirtjumpP.1
nooooooooooo, dont use anything that will scratch the stanctions, .
Logic and backup, if you please. Here's mine:

Scotchbrite, 000 steel wool, and WD are meant to remove rust without harm to chrome or polished metal surfaces (provided my caveat about minimal elbow grease is followed).

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try to clean it using somthing non abrasive, scratched stactions cause tons of friction which will make this fork not preform well at all
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i go with the scotchbrite 000 steel wool etc. idea. Its pretty much ment to get rust off polished stuff as it was said. I usually lightly lubricate my stanchions before each ride, as enduro forkseals.com recommends
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I can't imagine that the rust that is on there now isn't abrasive. I mean it is very rough feeling on the surface. I can't see how a little steel wool will hurt them.
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Just be gentle . . . and promise you'll still respect your stanchions in the morning.

Do the least impactful thing first. You can even start with WD-40 and a soft-bristled toothbrush/rag. From there, to the 0000 or 000 steel wool. From there to the Scotchbrite.

If/when you get it taken care of, just stay on it. I just spray 'em with WD and wipe 'em dry after wet rides.

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I use tri flow before each ride,. Just follow hte instructions on endurofkrkseals.com, they sell this stuff "stanchion lube" but i doubt i will buy it. Anyways this helps prevent rust and of course lubricates
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Just polish them.
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I'm going with rude Stewy. Use a good chrome polish, then get some Judy Butter from Rock Shox, or something similar. WD40, should be kept away from forks. You'll either get the WD inside the seals, or some fine strands of steel wool, and you'll have a ncie looking fork that no longer works. Plan on using muscle rather than harmful abrasives, and then apply a light coat of protective grease.

[edit] Oh, take some jumps every once in a while - looks like that fork hasn't been going through its full range in a while.
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Might just be anecdotal, but I've been using WD-40, then wiping it with a rag, for about 18 years on the same pair of Marzocchi XC-200's and they still work as well as new. Never had to replace a part or change a seal.

I think the upsides AND the downsides of ol' WD are often vastly overstated.

Just my $0.02....
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