Does changing fork oil make a difference?
A change in viscosity by just a couple of points makes a big difference in suspension compliance and action. All that applies to the fork also pertains to the shock (or shocks). The piston wears on the shock body, picking up metal that then travels through the oil and damping circuit.
How often should I change my fork oil?
Also, the molecules in the oil will break down over time just like motor oil or gear oil. So the suspension slowly changes and becomes less consistent as time goes on. In reality the fork fluid should be changed at a minimum of once per season.
When should I change my fork oil seals?
Fork seals should be replaced after 40 hours of riding or two years if you don’t ride very often. Even if you regularly clean the seals, they wear out eventually and leak no matter what you do to keep a tight seal.
Is it easy to change fork seals?
Fortunately, fork-seal replacement is generally uncomplicated. As always, the task is easier if you get your tools and supplies ready. You’ll need whatever tools are necessary to remove the fork tubes from the bike, plus a hex socket to fit the socket-head bolt securing damping rod or cartridge.
How do you remove old fork seals?
Remove the old seal.
- Wedge the dust seal from the fork leg.
- Find the fork seal itself. It is held into place by a clip within a groove.
- Pry the seal out carefully.
- Flush the area as you go to remove debris within the fork.
- Take the tube in 1 hand and the stanchion in the other. Use muscle to pull the 2 apart.
How do you remove Yamaha fork seals?
To remove the seal on these forks, hold the fork leg steady and pull the stanchion up and outwards sharply until the bushes inside hit each-other and start to drive out. You’ll need to do this a few times until the seal and bush pop clear and the stanchion is removed.
How do you clean the lowers on a mountain bike fork?
I wrap a rag around the dowel and move it up and down in the lower to clean off as much oil as I can. I then use a clean rag with 90% isopropyl alcohol to completely clean the lowers.
How much does a fork service cost?
Basic service is just that: basic. You will need some tools and supplies which will likely cost you $80-150 depending on what you got and what you want to do. For your annual service, you should do lowers service on the fork and your air can on the rear shock.