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Rockshox Debonair upgrade kit install

Old 12-05-17, 07:12 AM
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Rockshox Debonair upgrade kit install

Hi all,

I've had coil shocks pretty much my entire life, so I'm still pretty new to air shocks. I've never had one apart, but I'm about to order the Debonair upgrade kit.
Anyone know what all is involved in swapping these sleeves out? Steps, tools required, etc. Will I need more fluid or anything I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance for sharing the knowledge.
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Old 12-05-17, 11:39 AM
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O.K, So I found this guide (ish).
https://www.mtb-mag.com/en/tech-rock...santa-barbara/

From what I see, I undo the shock and THEN deflate? I assumed that the shock has pressure on it from the air (thinking I should deflate it before removing it), but everything I can find (which isn't much) seems to suggest I remove it then dump the air.

It doesn't look like I need to mess with the oil or anything for this if I'm working out the process correctly.
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Old 12-16-17, 07:18 AM
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Well, no help here but I did install it so I'll post how it went just in case anyone in the future finds this.
It's pretty simply Just take the back bolt out, removing the rear of the shock from the frame, then deflate the pump. I had to put the front bolt also, completely removing the shock, as the frame wouldn't let me slide the sleeve off. Removing the sleeve is as simple as twisting it counter clockwise. I transferred the bit of grease that was on my old sleeve (basically new) onto the new one, screwed the new sleeve on and bolted it up. After re-inflating, it's good to go. It does take a lot more air pressure than the previously sleeve to get a proper sag, and I'm experimenting today to see what pressure I'm going to need to bottom it out, but it's looking like I'll need somewhere between 10 and 20 more PSI for it to ride properly. No biggie.

Seems much more plush than previously, and far easier to pre-load it too.
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