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Fork lube

Postby Murphybarnes » Sat Nov 03, 2012 18:24 pm

Just getting back into MTBs after a lengthy absence. Was all rigid forks in my day. About to collect my new Voodoo Hoodoo soon and was wondering about fork maintenance. Is fork lube reccomended? If so, any particular product?

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Re: Fork lube

Postby nicklouse » Sat Nov 03, 2012 18:33 pm

the same oil or grease that is in the fork.

what is the fork?
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Re: Fork lube

Postby Murphybarnes » Sat Nov 03, 2012 19:10 pm

It's a Suntour Raidon X. Just that I saw some lube advertised that you spray on the stanchions......nicknamed 'butter' as the effect is as it suggests.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby cooldad » Sat Nov 03, 2012 19:48 pm

I smear a dab of Fox Float Fluid after washing and pump them a few times. Mainly because there's always some lying around.
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Re: Fork lube

Postby felix.london » Sat Nov 03, 2012 20:02 pm

I use Brunox Exterior Fork Lubricant. As CD says a couple of drops after cleaning the stanchions and pump, wipe, pump, wipe. I also use it on my Reverb dropper post
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Re: Fork lube

Postby Murphybarnes » Sat Nov 03, 2012 20:56 pm

Good advice. Prompt too. I'm sure the flow of my stanchions will be the least of my problems what with all the kit on the bike that is relatively baffling to me since I last rode an MTB in anger. A '94 Trek that ran like a dream across 4000 miles of Trans Canada Highway. Thanks. Expect more queries as I slowly progress in all things bike.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby trail jacker » Sat Nov 03, 2012 22:04 pm

I use this on my Fox Vanillas, keeps them really plush... http://www.stif.co.uk/mtb/product/juice ... -lube/9328

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Re: Fork lube

Postby LJ. » Sun Nov 04, 2012 15:59 pm

Hi you candownloadthe owners manual fromthis page http://www.srsuntour-cycling.com/index. ... &tnid=3067 I think it mentions that Bruno stuff by name in it

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Re: Fork lube

Postby The Rookie » Sun Nov 04, 2012 17:34 pm

As the seals on the Raidons are pants, I would personally suggest adding some grease below the seal, something water resistant like red rubber, to help the seals do their 'thang'.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby bennett_346 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:39 pm

Are you drunk?

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Re: Fork lube

Postby Neal_ » Sun Nov 04, 2012 21:10 pm

Halfords Silicone Spray does the job although apparently has a lower %age of silicone than Juice Lubes but it's also loads cheaper so...

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 65705#tab1

From what I've read the best grease to use for fork assembly is Rock n Roll Super Slick which is also also good for free hubs

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Re: Fork lube

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:37 pm

Get a big ottle of 5wt fork oil. Smear a bit on the stanchions after each ride and use the same stuff for a monthly lower lube.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby 97th choice » Mon Nov 05, 2012 13:20 pm

The Beginner wrote:As the seals on the Raidons are pants, I would personally suggest adding some grease below the seal, something water resistant like red rubber, to help the seals do their 'thang'.


You'd do that on a brand new air fork????
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Re: Fork lube

Postby Murphybarnes » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:38 pm

I assume I just pop the seals up gently with a flat head screwdriver and apply red grease or whatever then pop them back....or is it ever that simple. Fairly competent with a claw hammer.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby Neal_ » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:45 pm

Christo no! Don't go near your forks with a screw driver and don't go anywhere near your bike with a claw hammer :lol:

As others have already said just spray/smear fork lube on (clean) stanchions, pump the forks a few times, wipe the ring of dirt off the stanchion then repeat until there's no ring of dirt.

The grease would only be applied to the seals when you strip and assemble the forks.

Also don't get lube on your brakes or they won't work and you'll need new brake pads.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:49 pm

Neal_ wrote:Christo no! Don't go near your forks with a screw driver and don't go anywhere near your bike with a claw hammer :lol:



No problem with using a screwdriver. It's how they tell you to do it in one of the Rockshox official video's, I think thats how they do it in the mojo & TF Tuned video's as well.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby The Rookie » Mon Nov 05, 2012 16:15 pm

97th choice wrote:
The Beginner wrote:As the seals on the Raidons are pants, I would personally suggest adding some grease below the seal, something water resistant like red rubber, to help the seals do their 'thang'.


You'd do that on a brand new air fork????

Yes, before it gets a chance to be lunched by the incoming water/debris, pointless waiting until after!

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Re: Fork lube

Postby Neal_ » Mon Nov 05, 2012 17:43 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:
Neal_ wrote:Christo no! Don't go near your forks with a screw driver and don't go anywhere near your bike with a claw hammer :lol:



No problem with using a screwdriver. It's how they tell you to do it in one of the Rockshox official video's, I think thats how they do it in the mojo & TF Tuned video's as well.


It's fine using a screw driver to pop the seals out of the lowers but only once you've removed them from the stanchions first, even if you did get the seals out without scratching the stanchions I doubt you'd get the them back on without removing the lowers anyway. Still, you don't move the seals while lubing the stanchions stanchions

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Re: Fork lube

Postby Murphybarnes » Mon Nov 05, 2012 19:09 pm

Is there any link for disassembling a Suntour Raidon fork? Bearing in mind I've never attempted it before but am reasonably confident with a Raleigh bike spanner, claw hammer optional.

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Re: Fork lube

Postby lewistodd » Mon Nov 05, 2012 19:13 pm

trail jacker wrote:I use this on my Fox Vanillas, keeps them really plush... http://www.stif.co.uk/mtb/product/juice ... -lube/9328


I second this. Very good stuff.


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