Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
The damping seal and rebound check valve are not a tight seal. I welded my rebound orifice shut for my fork upgrade using Ricor Intiminators, and I like the results.
You will need a long 6 mm hex bit in an impact wrench to get the damper rod bolts out. There is no way to hold the damper rod and keep it from turning, and the impact wrench makes quick work of it. (If broken loose by hand, would the bolt spin fast enough in a drill motor to unscrew it???). (I think 6 mm is the correct size...it must be a long bit.) Be sure to clean off all oil and use blue Loctite when replacing. File and stone the weld smooth so there is no burr to damage the check valve ring.
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