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Marzocchi DJ 3 04 Travel Adjustment

D.R.D.R. Posts: 5
edited June 2008 in MTB workshop & tech
I have a pair of 2004 Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 3 forks fitted to my hardtail. I'm thinking of upgrading to a full sus frame and was wondering if I can extend the travel on my forks from the current 100mm(?).

Somewhere in the back of my mind I have a memory of being able to extend the travel on these forks by taking them apart and changing / removing spacers. Am I insane or can it be done?

I have trawled the web for any mention of adjusting the travel but have come up empty handed.

No suggeestiuons of chucking the DJ3s and buying new forks please, finding the cash for a new frame is hard enough and the forks are just superb. I managed to snap 2 pairs of forks and destroy the seals in a nother pair before I bought these. I'm a bit of an abuser!.


  • dave_hilldave_hill Posts: 3,877
    Try Marzocchi's website and download the correct manual for your forks. Just had a quick look and for the 2005 DJ3, the travel was adjsutable from 100mm to 130mm, but it doesn't actually tell you how to do it unless I missed that bit.

    Usually Marzocchi forks like the DJ3 have their travel limited by fitting a top-out spring. Removing it allows the fork to travel more, but it doesn't actually increase the phyiscal length (i.e. axle-to-crown measurement) of the fork so you may be wasting your time.

    You need to check very carefully that your new frame is set up for forks as short as DJs - unless it's a specific 4x or slopestyle 4" frame you may be struggling with DJ3s
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    the 04 were not adjustable IIRC. 03 and 05 were.

    you will need to send them away for custom sorting.

    i will have a look later... and check.
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  • D.R.D.R. Posts: 5
    4inch travel will do the job but I was hoping for 5. I'm looking to upgrade my jump rig to something with 4 - 5 inches at the back, 4x, slopesytle whatever people are currently calling it.

    Looks like I will be looking for a frame with adjustable rear travel. I can always upgrade the front end and fit the DJ3s back on the hardtail with a set of 24inch wheels if funds permit at a later date.

    Thanks for the help.
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