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  • lemonysam
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    you’re blaming them because you’re cack handed?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Aren’t you supposed to take the lowers of the stantions before popping the seals?

    Bad workman, tools, apportioning blame etc. 😉

    Premier Icon imnotverygood
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    I blame Wiggle…. Oops sorry wrong forum.

    nonk
    Member

    I takes about ten mins to take the legs off and do it properly!

    orangefatlad
    Member

    what nonk says ^, i learned that recently…..

    matt_bl
    Member

    To be fair, you do need to undo a nut on each leg to remove the lowers.

    Matt

    ScottChegg
    Member

    it should be harder to screw up

    I’m surprised you didn’t take your eye out on the way.

    Next time, it’ll be a child’s face. Come on Fox! Take responsibility.

    Klunk
    Member

    the best way to lift the seal (without removing the lowers) is a big big flat screwdriver, place under the lip and twist, move around and repeat.

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    New bike, decided to do seal service following guide on Fox’s website.

    After wrapping end of screwdriver liberally in electrical tape, applied a bit of pressure under the seal. Seal flexes, screwdriver pings out straight into stanchion. Deep scratch 6mm long on stanchion despite the tape.

    FFS, if Fox are going to describe this as “essential” maintenance, it should be harder to screw up. They’re only six weeks old and are now, effectively, worthless.

    creamegg
    Member

    you can do them as described in the OP but i prefer to drop the lowers. Much easier, prob quicker and you can give the stanchion a good clean at the same timen and no risk of scratching forks.

    Use the open end of a spanner to gently wrench the seals out.

    Jamie
    Member

    To be fair, you do need to undo a nut on each leg to remove the lowers.

    A whole nut! But I’m tiiiiiiiired 🙁

    robarnold
    Member

    I rounded off the head of a chainring bolt earlier. Curses to you Mr Shimano!

    Seriously, get the lowers off, fill the scratch with araldite then gently rub down with wet and dry with a long thin strip around the stanchion. They’ll be as good as new

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    Excuse my ignorance, but why would you want to take the seals out without removing the lowers? Isn’t it the oil in the lowers than needs to be changed frequently?

    Or just get some decent forks that don’t need servicing every other ride. *runs away*

    Frankers
    Member

    This “was” the way Fox advised you to service lowers

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Do Fox still recommend it? They certainly have in the past, as part of their demented service regime, but it doesn’t look like they still do.

    I’m with the OP tbh. Well, kind of, I’d never be in any danger of damaging the fork doing that job but demanding that Joe Public does it is always going to lead to a certain number of scratched forks. It’s not a sensible thing to recommend.

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