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R32nj
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 08:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

When cleaning the front fork tubes and rear shock shaft, what is the proper lubricant to put on these locations?
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Tpehak
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Do not put any lubricant on them or they will attract dust and that dust will get under the seal.
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Tootal
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I clean the fork tubes with WD-40 since it cleans tar and bugs pretty well. I let it dry on there and then install some fork skins. Here's the ones I used: https://www.mooseracing.com/products/547621/produc tGroup/382291
I put these on after replacing the fork seals. That Colorado fire road dust is really fine and sent me home early on a trip. No more problems after that.
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R32nj
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

How much disassembly is required to install the fork skins? I had ones that velcro'd on one of my bikes before but if these are sewn how are they installed?
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Tootal
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It's been a while but I think I was able to remove the front wheel, brake caliper and stretch them over the lowers and slide them on up. They are not split. I got the longest ones and cut them in half in case I tore one but I didn't so I gave the other half's to my brother for his Uly.
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Arry
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 04:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

As far as lubricating the fork tubes and shock shaft, they do get oil on the inside, as they compress, then the seals wipe the oil as they extend, keeping the oil on the inside (if the seals are working properly). I believe this would leave a very light film of oil, even on the extended fork.
I also, occasionally, use car wax, like turtle wax, that you apply, let dry, and buff off. My theory is that this helps protect the surface, and helps to keep bugs and such from sticking to the surface. I've only done this to the fork tubes, and haven't bothered to try it on the shock shaft.
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R32nj
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 06:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I found a few tiny rust spots on my shafts today - pinhole size. Should I worry about this or just leave them alone?
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Arry
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 05:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Rust pits can tear up your seals. If they are tiny, and low on the tubes (out of the main travel area), they might not be a big concern. If you don't have a dry place to park, these "tiny rust spots" may get worse. Car wax may provide some protection.
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R32nj
Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 02:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I used some WD40 and a 1500 grit sanding pad and gently buffed the spots. Now they are all smooth to the touch. I think I will pick up so paste wax to put a little coating on this week.
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