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Old 03-06-09, 12:35 PM
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Fork maintenance.

I'm finally building up a bike I've been slowly, cheaply, accumulating parts for for a couple years now. I bought a psylo race fork from a guy a couple years ago, in real good shape and he seemed to take good care of it, but I haven't touched it since I bought it. So since it's getting real close to being done with the build it's time I dealt with the fork.

Times is tough so I want to do as much as I can in terms of proper maintenance for as little $$ as possible. I don't know if this will mean buying some new tools/lubes/etc. and doing things myself or taking it to my lbs (whom I don't trust a whole lot) or sending it somewhere because I just don't have any experience with suspension forks and so I don't know how to assess what really must be done.

At rock shox I've found a bunch of manuals- Pure Damper Service Guide, Lower Leg Removal And Installation, 2002-2004 Psylo & Duke U-Turn Spring Service Guide, 1999-2004 Dual Air Service Guide and it looks like a lot of the stuff just requires the proper lubes and some snap-ring pliers, but pure damper service is way out of my league.

So I guess I'm looking for advice on what should be done to make sure the thing is safe and it won't get damaged by riding it at a mininum in terms of $$. If ferinstance folks thought an overhaul was necessary, the cheapest way to do that, otherwise the cheapest way to get what really needs to be done to ensure I can get a few more years out of this fork.

(is it clear $$ is an issue? good)
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For now...change the oil and make sure nothing is leaking. If it performs well, then you're good. If it doesn't have full travel or leaks like a sieve...then you need to take it to your SRAM dealer for a rebuild/repair.
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Change the oil, OK...

Alright, pardon me for being such a noob but what does that mean for my fork? It's a 2002 (I believe) psylo race so "changing the oil" is the same as saying do this:

http://www.sram.com/_media/techdocs/...rviceGuide.pdf

Yeah?

Or less involved than that even? Thanks
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Originally Posted by TimJ View Post
Change the oil, OK...

Alright, pardon me for being such a noob but what does that mean for my fork? It's a 2002 (I believe) psylo race so "changing the oil" is the same as saying do this:

http://www.sram.com/_media/techdocs/...rviceGuide.pdf

Yeah?

Or less involved than that even? Thanks

Thats more or less an overhaul. If youre just going to replace the oil, it doesnt get that in depth. I did some work on my '05 Reba and I was able to just replace the oil in under 30 minutes. It was my first time so I went slow and read the manual carefully. Just make sure you empty BOTH chambers before removing the air caps. Otherwise you will get a face full of very nasty stuff. Said from experience.
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