Scuffing on fork stanchion

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Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Triggaboy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:13 pm

Stripped my bike down today and noticed a large scuff at the bottom of the fork stanchion on my 2009 Reba's and a bit concerned as to what could have caused it. I've also never attempted to strip the forks as never had the need but was wondering if this is repairable once I've located the cause. Any similar experiences by anyone would be much appreciated to save me a trip to LBS tomorrow as need the bike back for Wednesday the latest.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby cooldad » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:18 pm

Picture? A small mark can be sorted easily. A massive gouge can't.
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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby nicklouse » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:18 pm

reason. no grease on the seals or no lube on the foam pads. IE lake of servicing.

it depends on how bad it is and what else is damaged.
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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Triggaboy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 22:54 pm

Doesn't appear to be any damage elsewhere and fork is working fine though yes it been 2 years of regular use without service. As the damage is now done shall I just ride on and not worry or am I being optimistic?

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby supersonic » Thu Dec 27, 2012 23:07 pm

Need a bigger picture.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Triggaboy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 23:14 pm

Yeah might help like as copied the thumbnail.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby supersonic » Thu Dec 27, 2012 23:16 pm

Looks like poor lubrication of the seals to me.

Have you ever serviced the seals and wipers, and applied fresh oil/grease?

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Triggaboy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 23:27 pm

Yeah they have been done regular though never had a full breakdown or any seals replaced. I check them and lube them almost weekly though out Saturday in shoot weather in Reeth and managed to crack my rear wheel rim. Took a few big hits and just getting round to breaking my down for next week when I noticed the scuff and thought fark! I'm visiting my LBS in the morning for some headset bearings as looks the wet weather got the best of them so will see what they think. I just thought it looked a bit odd like a metal on metal grind.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby supersonic » Thu Dec 27, 2012 23:35 pm

If you've never lifted the seals out and cleaned under/lubed, then this could be a contributor. though after 4 years, this is not unexpected.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Triggaboy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 23:42 pm

I'll probs try doing at full service and replacing the seals though I'm assuming the only issues I may get are more crap getting in and a more regular service needed.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby The Rookie » Fri Dec 28, 2012 07:48 am

Just keep it serviced and ride it until they pack up...keep an eye out for some CSU's cheap on ebay!

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Dick Scruttock » Fri Dec 28, 2012 19:26 pm

Would need a crown steer and some new bushes to rectify that damage. For as long as they work just use them.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Angry Bird » Fri Dec 28, 2012 22:08 pm

Like others have said, keep em serviced, whack some new seals in and keep going until they pack up.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Triggaboy » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:29 am

Thanks guys, I managed to get to the LBS and they basically advised nowt you can do and that forks would eventually fail (leak air) they also advised their £90 service would be not be worthwhile. Think I learnt a lesson that no matter how much you look after your bike and service it regularly the forks are most certainly not fit and forget if regularly used.

Anyone got any 120mm Reba's for sale?

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby njee20 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:40 pm

You haven't serviced the forks though, so you can't be surprised they've failed! They've done well.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby The Rookie » Sun Dec 30, 2012 09:09 am

We have 2 sets of 2006 Manitous still going fine.....they do get serviced though....not sure why that wear will cause an air leak though as the air pressure is inside the stanchion and they'll be shot long before you wear right through!

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby Lagrange » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:37 am

I change my bike regularly every 20 years! This is why I am happy to have springs rather than air forks. No need to bother with internal servicing.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby warpcow » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:56 am

Lagrange wrote:I change my bike regularly every 20 years! This is why I am happy to have springs rather than air forks. No need to bother with internal servicing.

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby bennett_346 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 16:56 pm

Lagrange wrote:I am happy to have springs rather than air forks

What?

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Re: Scuffing on fork stanchion

Postby The Rookie » Mon Dec 31, 2012 16:56 pm

The man is clearly an idiot and shouldn't be responded to directly, his village gets very upset if they think another wants to poach him.


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