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  • sharkbait
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    Just taken my Fox talas 32 fork apart for the first time (for me) and the left [Talas/air] side has got some moisture and muck inside the lower.
    I’d like to clean this out before reassembly but unsure how to do it. Anybody have any ideas?

    twohats
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    Weak solution of degreaser and a bottle brush.

    sv
    Member

    IPA from local chemists (possibly) or Maplins in an aerosol or indeed the ‘bay’.

    sharkbait
    Member

    twohats: such as detergent or stronger?

    sharkbait
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    Quick update……. I used a shotgun barrel cleaning rod with workshop towels wrapped around the end. Lovely and clean now.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    sharkbait, I read the first 4 words of your ‘quick update’ reply and thought ‘that’s a bit harsh’ 😉

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    I’ve got a length of dowel with a cup hook (plastic coated) screwed in the end for this job, and then closed up with pliers to make an eye. You can then feed a kitchen cloth (ASDA value brand, less than a quid for 25) through the hook and wiggle and clean to your delight without worrying about what to do if the cloth gets detached.

    sharkbait
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    @ theotherjonv: now you see I wouldn’t have thought of that 😳 ……….. cheap, simple and it works!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Bottle brush, fairy liquid and a kitchen sink. Gets the insides cleaner than you could ever imagine. Have to leave it to dry out for quite a while tho before reassembling – standing above a radiator is good for this. Gets rid of all the dirt and ever last drop of moisture.

    coffeeking
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    I usually take molgrips method. But last time I used carb cleaner which was 99p from the local hardware store for a 500ml aerosol. Wont get rid of lumps of grit etc very well but gets the last of the oily muck out. Dnt smoke while doing it though 🙂

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