Mechanical: Fox float locked out.



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2trax

Guest
Hi,

Halfway through my last ride, my rear shock (a 2001 fox float rc) suddenly
stiffened up... it feels similar to when it's locked out, but with slightly more movement.

Anyone else had this problem? Is it fixable without specialist tools - sending it
to the nearest service center in Singapore will take months...

Any help appreciated,

Sam.
 
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Pippen

Guest
"2trax" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> Halfway through my last ride, my rear shock (a 2001 fox float rc) suddenly
> stiffened up... it feels similar to when it's locked out, but with
> slightly more movement.
>
> Anyone else had this problem? Is it fixable without specialist tools -
> sending it
> to the nearest service center in Singapore will take months...
>
> Any help appreciated,
>
> Sam.
>
>


Sam,

You probably just need a rebuild kit, O-rings and Backers. Should be able to
get this at the LBS or order from Fox. No real special tools required to
rebuild. I have a 17 Meg video that I found on the web from Fox that shows
the complete rebuild and installation. I don't think I can email a 17 Meg
video but I'm sure with a little searching you can find it.

My guess is that the grease in shock has dried up for it to lock as you
described with out any external damage. Another quick and dirty method to
fix until the end of the season might be to do the following:

While the shock is still on the bike unscrew the main body. (NOTE: First
remove all the air pressure from the shock before doing anything) The main
body will slide back showing the main piston and the O-Rings. You might be
able to grease the internals to get you though the season and then send off
or fix... When you take off and put back on the main body it will under some
pressure and may be tough to push forward to screw back on. Use the
mechanics of the bike to assist you with this. Be sure to get a good thread
alignment on the main body (don't cross threads)...

You might also want to post to rec.bicycles.tech seems like alot of actual
bike mechanics reply there as to which I'm not.

Good luck,

-js
 
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Michael Dart

Guest
"2trax" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:p[email protected]
> Hi,
>
> Halfway through my last ride, my rear shock (a 2001 fox float rc) suddenly
> stiffened up... it feels similar to when it's locked out, but with

slightly more movement.
>
> Anyone else had this problem? Is it fixable without specialist tools -

sending it
> to the nearest service center in Singapore will take months...
>
> Any help appreciated,
>


According to Fox Shox manual if the shock is in a 'stuck down' condition it
needs to be sent back to them for service. Apparently the problem is in the
internal rebound/compression circuit and is not user serviceable.

Mike
 
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Sam Williams

Guest
On Wed, 01 Sep 2004 15:10:30 +0000, Pippen wrote:

>
> "2trax" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:p[email protected]
>> Hi,
>>
>> Halfway through my last ride, my rear shock (a 2001 fox float rc) suddenly
>> stiffened up... it feels similar to when it's locked out, but with
>> slightly more movement.
>>
>> Anyone else had this problem? Is it fixable without specialist tools -
>> sending it
>> to the nearest service center in Singapore will take months...
>>
>> Any help appreciated,
>>
>> Sam.
>>
>>

>
> Sam,
>
> You probably just need a rebuild kit, O-rings and Backers. Should be able to
> get this at the LBS or order from Fox. No real special tools required to
> rebuild. I have a 17 Meg video that I found on the web from Fox that shows
> the complete rebuild and installation. I don't think I can email a 17 Meg
> video but I'm sure with a little searching you can find it.
>
> My guess is that the grease in shock has dried up for it to lock as you
> described with out any external damage. Another quick and dirty method to
> fix until the end of the season might be to do the following:
>
> While the shock is still on the bike unscrew the main body. (NOTE: First
> remove all the air pressure from the shock before doing anything) The main
> body will slide back showing the main piston and the O-Rings. You might be
> able to grease the internals to get you though the season and then send off
> or fix... When you take off and put back on the main body it will under some
> pressure and may be tough to push forward to screw back on. Use the
> mechanics of the bike to assist you with this. Be sure to get a good thread
> alignment on the main body (don't cross threads)...
>
> You might also want to post to rec.bicycles.tech seems like alot of actual
> bike mechanics reply there as to which I'm not.
>
> Good luck,
>
> -js


Thanks, I'll get hold of the service kit and have a go.

Cheers,

Sam.
 

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