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how to lower a domain

quick video on how to lower a domin 302 non u-turn. let me know if you have any questions and i'll be happy to answer

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 OH THANK YOU! was gona dsell them as 160mm was to much for my bike but i got a little doodad and put it down there to hava look, now there down to 135mm just need to cut the spring a tad and lower them down to maybe 120! life saver mate!
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 haha sweet glad i could help!
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 what about the u - turn version?
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 Thanks a lot for this video! Just lowered my Domain 318 from 180mm to 160mm without having to cut the spring(even though it was a bitch to screw back in). Only one question quite a bit of oil came out when I took the bottom cap off do I need to put some more oil In there?
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 So what stops it from over extending now? Wouldn't it now have the amount of travel you removed as unweighted travel? Like if you unweight the bike (not taking into account the friction from the seals), wouldn't the front wheel begin to drop down? Normally the cartridge in either leg would limit this travel but since you didn't reduce the travel in the cartridge, it would still have unweighted travel.
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 the bolted down dampener in the spring side(left) leg. when i lifted the fork to its original travel it was when the dampener was unbolted. but when it is it limits down the travel and keeps it down. it would be easier to draw rather than to explain, so if you still dont understand i may try and draw a diagram out for you
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 Woow just great , I'm wondering I just boght a 180mm domain 318 for my kona coilair , and seems not to be a good thing for the geometry , In fact I was thinking on lowering , but how ? I will have to cut the spring I just want 20mm off . Thanks
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 easier way is to replace the push rod(the part on what he put those spacers on) and you don;t have to cut the spring. that's actually the difference between a 160mm and a 180mm domain. simple as "hello".
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 i'm thinking of buying some of these and lowering them to 100mm for my jump bike? purely because they are 36mm stanchions, which only come in other forks from society and fox... one is really expensive and the other is utter shit, so this would sit in the middle haha! i just wanna know if you can make them nice and stiff? cause i don't like soft forks.
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 or to make them stiff, i could not cut the spring, and push down hard enough to tighten it, just hopefully this won't make the rebound too fast, i'll just see how slow i can set the rebound on them, sounds like a cunning idea, but hey ho, it could end in a disaster haha!
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 domains have 35mm stanctions mate
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 35/36 w.e haha
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 Great video bud. Forgive what maybe another silly question, but I guessing that this would work on the domain rc singlecrown (the internials should be the same I think). I want to get them down from 180mm to 160mm travel. to do this how much would I need to cut of one of the springs? if you had four coils as such to get down to 100mm would it be safe to say take of around 1 1/2 or 2 coils of the spring? Either thanks for the video.
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 hey man thanks im not too sure about your fork but id assume it would be similar. just follow the steps and get it to the right height you want drop the spring in and see how much its sticking out the top and mark it off there and that should be good
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 So can this be done on a 180mm Domain without cutting excess coils off the spring ? Im 250 and dont want to cut my spring id rather have it run stiff. I tried putting a 16mm spacer between the spring shaft and the top out spring and it didnt lower my fork by 16mm it only went down 10mm if that. So im wondering if the lowering aspect is a combination of the spring and the spacer not just the spacer itself ......
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 Hi there,
I am in the process of building a bike.bike geometry turns around 160-170mm fork.i have nice domains dc 200mm travel.i want to lower them to 160mm.many of u may ask why dc fork on frame like that?why not single crown fork?
The reason is i just love dc forks,look,and feel.may sound as a dumb idea but why not.i pretty much know how to do it.spacers on the spring assembly rod and shorter spring jazz.easy.
My only question is: if i drop fork let say to 160mm by doing stuff mentioned above, do i need to change volume of the oil in damper side stantion to values equal to let say domains 160mm single crown?or not?(actually to questions).all input welcome and haters always gonna hate
All the best
Kind regards
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 i don't really understand why you would do that, but it's pretty cool ^^
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 if you're referring to why i lowered it, its because i am building up a dirtjumper and i dont have enough money for a new fork, but i had this lying around so i decided to save a couple hundred bucks and lower it
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 oh ok, cool. You wouldn't know if this works with an '03 Dirt Jumper II would u ?
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 ahh...it's a lot different at marzocchi...i disasambled my fork and i don't know how to get more travel from the rebound part
But, the other lower has only a spring and something a bit like what i've seen here and it's just one thygy(i don't know how is in english yhe yellow part) and you can lower it to 80 i think
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 you need to cut the coil more rock shocks recomends that the coil is 14-16 mm from the top. the way you have it now your coil can bunch up and jam
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 thats for the preload spacers so that they can fit. i dont have any so it fits perfectly
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 Can this be done with a 2009 Domain 180mm 318. Im thinking of going from 180 - 160/150/140. Would I just follow the steps in this video or would the spring need to be cut.
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 It won't just fall down but if you pull on it some of the original travel will be there, but why would you pull on it?
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 naa it stays put. just explained that up there^^
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 This isn't exactly related to the topic but do you know how to make the fork harder?
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 yeah you just need to order a stiffer spring. go to your lbs and they can help you out
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 If the Domain 160'll put a spring 180, will work? Is the muffler will be too short or what? Sorry for my bad language Big Grin
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 I used a spring from an old fork and it worked perfectly and it fit perfectly to
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 wouldnt suggest that but whatever works i guess. again just make sure you check it regularly especially if it has a different spring
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 does this apply to the domain 318 ? with motion control ?
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 well u said feel free to ask any question so i did
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 haha i know and so i answered! just dont do it to any other fork kthanks
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 so if i jump the fork wont extend out to the 160mm while im in the air?
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 not if you do it right
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 great help man, is it esential that you cut the coil?
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 glad it helped! and yeah you kind of need to because if you dont then youve got a couple inches of coil just sticking out of the top of the fork, so you cant put the top cap back on
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 what mm is that lowerd from then to ?
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 180 to 100
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 would this work on a dj3 fork?
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 dont think so im pretty sure marz forks are a bit different. just search in the forum how to
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 oh okay, thanks buddy
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 no prob
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 thanks men really helping video Smile
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 no problem!
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 if i do it like that, it wo nt extend past how ever much i lower it?
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 dude i explained that 10 times read the other comments
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 do u have to cut the spring to lower to 100
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 yes i explain that in the video
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 are u runningt them on a dj bike
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 yes sir its in my albums
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 was there any oil i need to take out or put back in
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 nope as long as you dont open the right fork leg. but its always good to put in some more fork grease after
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 thank you for that it worked amazing
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 no problem glad to hear it worked with others too. just make sure you take it back apart every month or so to make sure everything still looking good in there
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 all right, thanks.
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 is this for any kind of fork ?
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 noooooo it is not its ONLY for this fork model
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 ok so it wont work for a argile 302

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