Tech Talks Presented by Park Tool is a monthly video series hosted by Park Tool's own wrench whisperer, Calvin Jones. The series covers the A to Zs of some of the most prevalent repair jobs, with the sixteenth episode showing you a quick trick to keep your fork working smoothly.
Suspension forks are complicated items that can be intimidating to strip down, so it's no surprise to see that many forks aren't working as smoothly as they could. And while it may feel like you need a degree in fluid dynamics and a bench full of tools to make a difference, that's not the case. With just one or two inexpensive tools, a bottle of the right lube, and a little know-how, you can take your suspension from sticky to smooth in only a few minutes.
How to Lube Your Fork Seals
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Most often the seals just require fresh lube giving the seals a longer service life, keeping them out of the landfill for a bit longer.
And then I forget to put water in my bottle.
practice day and after getting our ourselves to the top he pulls out a new FF helmet in its velvet bag, starts playing with different check pad combo's, the visor... "its gotta be mint"
I've never heard of anyone using this method before. Is it common? How long would the injected oil last in this method? I'd of thought that if your forks are that sticky, it's time for a proper lower leg service anyway, and a quicker short term solution would be just to spray some Fork Juice on the stantions?
Thought the presenter was funny. 10/10 would watch again.
The only quick fix is a lower leg service until companies bring out the 'Manitou prep m' style port where the foam ring sits, but then you run the risk of having more fluids in the lowers than the manufacturers specify.
What am I going on about, just ride it.
seems to work well enough...i ride a ton and rarely service the fork, never really notice much of a drop in performance. Just oil/seals once a year...if that.
Go from this,
To this, (Mattocs)
and this, (Devilles)
Looks and feels as good as new every time
you can just use a needle syringe (like Marshi once showed me )
I use water proof grease that I use on my boat/trailer.