Is my suspension good to go to the trash or is there something I can do?

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Is my suspension good to go to the trash or is there something I can do?
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Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 13:21 Quote
Hi, how are you guys?
This season I had a pretty bad bike accident and made some damage to my fork and now oil is leaking for the dust wiper where the damage is was done. It’s a fox 36 performance elite with a grip 2 damper. The damaged part is the lower leg on the damper side. I was wondering if any of you had a solution for me.

Thank you very much

Here are some pictures:



Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 14:43 Quote
Hugo04 wrote:
Hi, how are you guys?
This season I had a pretty bad bike accident and made some damage to my fork and now oil is leaking for the dust wiper where the damage is was done. It’s a fox 36 performance elite with a grip 2 damper. The damaged part is the lower leg on the damper side. I was wondering if any of you had a solution for me.

Thank you very much

Here are some pictures:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zo1Sfa6eIF7q_qrAIPCCpc0UmQ8bCNpQ/view?usp=drivesdk]http://https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zo1Sfa6eIF7q_qrAIPCCpc0UmQ8bCNpQ/view?usp=drivesdk[/L]

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kL9Sm_Lh5-jIx7Zfu4P3Ekc7HNZES7-Z/view?usp=drivesdk

Your google drive is not public, and few people are going to be willing to click that link. I would suggest opening desktop mode and posting the pictures directly into the thread to make it easier.

Sounds like your scratched your stanchion, which can be replaced but can be fairly expensive and somethings not much more to replace the fork. Get some pictures posted and we can give you a better idea.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 14:57 Quote
Branmuffin wrote:
Hugo04 wrote:
Hi, how are you guys?
This season I had a pretty bad bike accident and made some damage to my fork and now oil is leaking for the dust wiper where the damage is was done. It’s a fox 36 performance elite with a grip 2 damper. The damaged part is the lower leg on the damper side. I was wondering if any of you had a solution for me.

Thank you very much

Here are some pictures:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zo1Sfa6eIF7q_qrAIPCCpc0UmQ8bCNpQ/view?usp=drivesdk]http://https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zo1Sfa6eIF7q_qrAIPCCpc0UmQ8bCNpQ/view?usp=drivesdk[/L]

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kL9Sm_Lh5-jIx7Zfu4P3Ekc7HNZES7-Z/view?usp=drivesdk

Your google drive is not public, and few people are going to be willing to click that link. I would suggest opening desktop mode and posting the pictures directly into the thread to make it easier.


Hi, I just added the images. The stanchion isn't scratched. As you can see, the damage is only on the lower leg of the damper side.

Sounds like your scratched your stanchion, which can be replaced but can be fairly expensive and somethings not much more to replace the fork. Get some pictures posted and we can give you a better idea.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 15:16 Quote
Ok, so looks like a ding in the lowers that is possibly warping the seals? You will probably need a new lower leg assembly, which would run you about $350 and I don’t know if that has bushings pre installed or not.

Personally, I would look for a used fox 36 in the same model year with damaged upper assembly and then just swap the lowers onto yours. Just depends what your budget is.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 16:30 Quote
Perfect, thank you very much.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 17:43 Quote
Hugo04 wrote:
Perfect, thank you very much.

It’s a pretty nasty dent, and hard to tell from the pictures how bad it is. Drop the lowers and pop the seals out to see if the casting around where the seals seat has been deformed by the dent. It’s possible the seals just need to be replaced and the dent isn’t actually causing any performance issues. If there is deformation to the casting, I would go ahead and replace them.

If you are not comfortable doing the work, it shouldn’t cost much to have a shop do the inspection.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 22:37 Quote
Don't throw anything away. You can replace the lowers. As stated above, if you can get the lowers off and the seals out you can check to see if that dent has deformed the inside. If it has, you can still try to remove the deformation. That part of the fork isn't load bearing, just keeps the seals in place.

You can always fill the divot with jb weld, sand and repaint if you want it looking closer to 100%

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 at 4:33 Quote
Yea, I think I’d drop the lowers remove the seal and try to GENTLY tap that dent out. Work slow and carefully so you don’t crack it. Then sand smooth and maybe a little RTV in that area before reinstalling the seal. If it still leaks then as said above, get new lowers. But I definitely wouldn’t throw it away!

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 at 16:39 Quote
eshew wrote:
Don't throw anything away. You can replace the lowers. As stated above, if you can get the lowers off and the seals out you can check to see if that dent has deformed the inside. If it has, you can still try to remove the deformation. That part of the fork isn't load bearing, just keeps the seals in place.

You can always fill the divot with jb weld, sand and repaint if you want it looking closer to 100%


Alright. Thanks for the cues. I wasn't going throw it away because the airshaft and the damper is still in perfect condition. It was just a figure of speech.

Posted: Nov 23, 2020 at 8:25 Quote
Figured so, but needed to make sure. Keep us posted on the project. Pretty darn easy to take the lowers off and seals out.

My preferred seal removal tool is a Pedro's downhill tire lever. Make sure to use a fabric pad where it levers against the top of the lowers

For a seal driver I've used a slightly modified piece of pvc or a slice of shop vac extension. I'm cheap.

Taking the metal springs off of the top of the seals and sliding them up the stanchions is the easiest way to get the uppers back into the fresh seals.

Posted: Nov 23, 2020 at 17:28 Quote
eshew wrote:
Figured so, but needed to make sure. Keep us posted on the project. Pretty darn easy to take the lowers off and seals out.

My preferred seal removal tool is a Pedro's downhill tire lever. Make sure to use a fabric pad where it levers against the top of the lowers

For a seal driver I've used a slightly modified piece of pvc or a slice of shop vac extension. I'm cheap.

Taking the metal springs off of the top of the seals and sliding them up the stanchions is the easiest way to get the uppers back into the fresh seals.

Perfect, thank you very much. I'll give you guys some news when the work is done. I hope it works.

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