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DHX Air Home Service

CustomReignCustomReign Posts: 185
edited July 2011 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi,

I'm after a guide or assistance in servicing (quick internal clean) of my 2008 DHX air shock. I'm stumped as I can't even undo the can for a start. Any advice welcome.

Thanks!

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  • kdawg74kdawg74 Posts: 271
    I may be wrong but i did'nt think it was possible to do a home service on a DHX due to the pressure involved.
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    have a read of the info on the Fox webby,

    guess you are just wanting an Air can service

    http://service.foxracingshox.com/consumers/index.htm

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  • CustomReignCustomReign Posts: 185
    Wow, I'll note that and also see what others say. I thought I'd be able to unscrew the can like I used to on my standard Fload shock and give the seals a bit of TLC with a cloth and drop of oil.

    Cheers
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    kdawg74 wrote:
    I may be wrong but i did'nt think it was possible to do a home service on a DHX due to the pressure involved.

    incorrect.
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  • CustomReignCustomReign Posts: 185
    Top man! Thanks for the Fox link. I did not see that one on my searches. Just gotta get the can open!
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    get a strap on it.
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  • CustomReignCustomReign Posts: 185
    Tried it but I work in an office. No muscles!

    I'll try again and report back. Thanks.
  • kdawg74kdawg74 Posts: 271
    Did say i could be wrong, learn something new everyday
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    As Nick said, use a strap wrench. They can be very tight if haven't been removed for a while.
    Deflate the aircan slowly using a shockpump, if you let it out too fast the shock can stick down and then if you try and pull the aircan off it can shoot apart suddenly.
    If it sticks down, pump up again and release air slower.
    Hope that makes sense.
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  • CustomReignCustomReign Posts: 185
    Got it opened and cleaned. Feels like the oil could do with changing which might be a Mojo job. Will get fome sus fluid and stick it back on the Reigh and see what happens - when my forks come back from from their service.
  • CustomReignCustomReign Posts: 185
    One more thing. Not having any Fox Float fluid, does anyone know the weight of the little sachet of oil used in the rear shocks or a suitable replacement? I have 5 & 8wt oil, but would rather play it safe.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    float fluid is a very thick oil (80wtish) i would be looking at some "slick honey" fork grease if I did not have any float fluid about.
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  • CustomReignCustomReign Posts: 185
    Nice one. I have some thick tractor grease, but have a feeling I should get some float fluid. Saw some on EBay for £1.50. Lovely
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    tractor grease would be baaaadddd. :wink:
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