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Recon 351 leaking oil

JohnnyboyJohnnyboy Posts: 17
edited July 2007 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi Guys

I have a XCR idrive bought from Halfords in January this year. I have just put it back to them because I have oil leaking from the 351 recon front fork. The leak is from the right hand fork, the hydraulic side being a solo air, from the rebound adjuster.
Now the question is, Halfords have come back to me saying that the rebound bolts inside the fork were a little loose! Does anyone know of these bolts as I have had experience of motorcycle forks and usually the fork hyraulic pack is all stacked ontop of one another and held in place by a main collar/nut, not as Halfords are saying with bolts?
Is the wool being pulled over my eyes or are there indeed bolts holding the rebound components in place inside of the fork.
I am due to collect the bike tomorrow, monday 30th July, so any comments and feedback would be of great help.

Thanks. :lol:


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    i would say that the Halfords person has no idea what they are on about and is just repeating what they were told and have got the words mixed.

    have a read of this before going in. ... 0Guide.pdf
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • JohnnyboyJohnnyboy Posts: 17
    Cheers nicklouse,

    That's just what I was after, the PDF document on how to service my fork. I will print it out and ask them where exactly the bolts are that they have tightened!

    Thanks again

  • skylinerskyliner Posts: 613
    The footnut on the right leg has the rebound adjuster attatched to it, but this is just a 2.5mm hex key with a fancy knob on the end, and has nothing to do with the internals.

    If the footnut were loose, it would explain the leak, as the crush washer wouldn't seal against the slider, and would allow the bushing lube to leak out. But this is also not an internal part.

    I'd be suspicious that they just tightened the footnut, without replacing the lube.
    Get them to confirm in writing they added oil in the slider during the repair, and replaced the crush washer on the footnut.
    That way, if the fork develops stiction, or scoring on the stanchion later, you have evidence to use in a warranty claim. (provided you read and adhere to the care instructions for the fork).
    It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    My Psylo developed a slow leak for exactly the same reason, a knackered crush washer on the footnut. Only a few drops came out though, and its fixed now.
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