Ensuring that stanchions/seals are properly lubed will extend the life and performance of your fork. … It also helps to keep dirt off the stanchion and seals as the silicon repels dirt and grime to the surfaces cleaner and hence reduces the risk of contaminants getting into the wiper seal (and in turn your fork oil).
How do I know if my forks need oil?
Some indicators for basic bath oil/seal service = leaking around seals, excessive oily dirt goo build up on top of seals that reappears on every ride, visible wear on stanchions(by that time it’s too late).
Can you use wd40 on MTB forks?
Unclear if it will actually do damage to the seals. If anything it would protect the stanchions from rust, that is why it might be used on the upper crown part of motorcycles forks. But it is of no use for our forks.
How often should you service your MTB fork?
Some forks require servicing every 20 hours. *EVERY 30 HOURS OF RIDING: Your fork should be disassembled, inspected, cleaned and re-grease. If the fork appears to be relatively clean, you can go 40 hours between servicing. If the fork appears excessively dirty you should service it every 20 hours.
Can I use engine oil as fork oil?
motor oil works well in the outer chambers of twin chamber forks. I first used it in my honda now my yamaha and I think the 5/20 motor oil is slicker and offers less stiction. Some have said the honda forks mix the outer and inner oils over time so that might be a problem if you run your too long between changes.
What can I use instead of fork oil?
You can use differential oil. Check the spec on your fork to see what viscosity (“weight”) you need. Make sure that you don’t overfill the shock (don’t guess!)- some shocks only have oil in one side, and others don’t have oil at all.
How much oil do forks take?
Slowly squirt 10cc of oil into the forks. It is important to note that as the 10cc of oil goes in, 10cc of air must come out.
Can you use chain lube on forks?
I use my chain oil. Fork oil does the job too, or chain lube… I’d stay away from anything really solventy like gt85, wd40 etc, never really know how it’ll mix with seals etc. I put a few drops of chain lube on mine, then compress the forks a few times and wipe off the (then dirty) oil.
Can you use GT85 on bike suspension?
Please don’t use WD40, GT85 or any similar products! Instead of cleaning your seals, they will wash away the grease under the seals, letting dirt in much more easily– even if you’re careful you will also risk contamination of brake rotors/pads and these products can also dry out seals.
How much does it cost to service a MTB fork?
For full service on the fork, about $100; this includes a basic inspection, an oil replacement, foam ring and dust wiper replacement (as necessary), seal and air spring inspection, damper rebuilding or replacement, and cleaning other parts.
How long do MTB shocks last?
You should expect the bike shocks to at least last 5 years of moderate use or 3+ years of heavy use. With regular maintenance and serving.
How much does a Fox fork service cost?
$190 USD / $220 CAD*
Thorough inspection of fork for damage and/or wear. Complete tear down and rebuild of damper, including new seals and oil. New dust wipers and foam rings.