Reverb has fore-aft play. Shopping and servicing advice needed

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  • Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    My Reverb is about a year old and has noticeable fore and aft play.

    Sounds like I need to replace the bushing that sits in the top cap. It looks reasonably straightforward from the YouTube vids but I have a couple of questions…

    Where’s the cheapest place to get the parts? Bike-discount.de have the top cap and bushing only for about £26 plus delivery. UK places seem only to sell a complete service kit for £45 quid odd.

    Can I get away with the top cap only? Or should I do the full service while I’m at it?

    Anyone done this and can pass on real-world wisdom?

    Ta

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    Bump. Surely I’m not alone …

    dlr
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    Mine is also like this and needs quite a whack to move. My 1 year older only servicd once ks post is fine…

    Think the whole top bit was out of stock at the uk importers a couple of weeks ago when I emailed tf tuned about it, might be around now although if cheaper from germany that’s good

    extremenik
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    You are best buying the Reverb basic seal kit from Tf or Loco for about £8. In this you also get the lower bush as well and all the seals you need when changing the topcap.

    With both the Topcap and Lower bush it will take as much fore and aft play that you can.

    Got my Topcap from Bikediscount and it took 2 days to come.

    Nick

    dlr
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    cheers Nick

    ndthornton
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    fore play is good fun!
    Not sure about aft play – sounds a little unnecessary

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    An update: bought a top cap from bikediscount.de and fitted it after watching a YouTube vid. All went smoothly and no more play. Yeeha!

    I didn’t bother with the lower seal kit but I probably should have.

    The hardest part is undoing the lower seal head; I used a couple of blocks of wood drilled with a groove and lined with inner tube to grip the internal shaft.

    fd3chris
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    I’ve got to do mine as well so thanks for the tips !

    wobbliscott
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    What did you do about the keys? You need to buy them at specific lengths but how do you know until you disassemble?

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    Didn’t replace the keys, just the top cap. I had a little bit of rotational play but it’s all-but gone after replacing the top cap.

    Another tip – stick the post back in the frame to undo the top cap, it’s much better than a vice.

    glen815
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    You have a two year warranty so why not use it?

    extremenik
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    Glad you sorted it.

    I may be wrong but warranty will cover defects and I guess like a car it has to be serviced at the right intervals to cover any defects. As all the above is wear and tear it may not be covered anyway!

    Bottom bush and keys come in the full service kit.

    Once you have been inside to where the keyways are you can understand that this chamber will need to be greased regular- which will help to prevent wear.

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    Does the full service kit include the top cap bushing and seal?

    LoCo
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    All seals, keys etc but not the bush for the collar (silver or black) but you do get the bush for the inner seal head that will reduce play too.

    st
    Member

    So it was a straightforward job then?

    My Reverb needs some tlc but I got scared off by the 4 part you tube video series which left me thinking that I’d be better sending the post away when I’ve got 80 quid spare!

    scruff
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    You find out and let me know.

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    It’s not especially tricky, in the same league as servicing forks. As said above, the hardest part is gripping the internal shaft securely without knackering it.

    Having done it once, I’d be happy to do it again.

    st
    Member

    Hmmm, ta.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    So it’s the topcap that’s responsible for the play but you can’t just replace the bush? You have to buy the whole £40 sub assembly?

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Am I missing something? If it’s a year old, why didn’t you send it back to fisher? Their warranty department is rather good, I sent mine back recently and got a brand new replacement, despite it actually being over the warranty period. That warranty is worth the initial outlay IMO.

    robarnold
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    Turnaround at Fishers is at least 14 days. I’ve sent 5 Reverbs back this year after failures so know it well unfortunately.

    If the OP hasn’t got a replacement post then this means two weeks without a bike, as opposed to a couple of hours in the garage doing it himself.

    That might have something to do with it. They’re dead easy to service yourself if you have the correct tools

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    I got a second hand seat post off here for a tenner, my reverb was away for 5 days, via my lbs. that’s what the warranty is for.

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