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Rear Shock service

edwarj123edwarj123 Posts: 11
edited September 2018 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi,
Had my 2009 Specialized Stumpjumper from new, used it loads and serviced it well - except I've never had the shocks serviced. TBF after 8 years I reckon I've saved a load of money on that as I've had no problems until last week.

The rear shock (Fox Triad with pro pedal) has started leaking a load of fluid. It rode fine the rest of the ride and still feels like it's working. Has a seal gone or something do you think?

Where would be the best place to get it serviced or you think I need to replace it? Bought a new HT that I'm loving so there's no rush to get it done or not worried about how long it takes.

TIA
Justin

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  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,623
    Where is the fluid leaking from?
    If it’s around the shaft then a seal in the air can may have split. An air can service is easy to do yourself. There are plenty of ‘how to’ guides and videos on the web.

    If the leak is around the rebound adjust or lock out lever then the nitrogen charge could be blown. This happened on the Triad II shock on my 2011 Stumpy FSR. Unfortunately the repair is not a DIY job and you’ll have to get the shock serviced by a specialist.

    Where are you located? Someone may be able to recommend a local place to do the work.
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  • Memo to brain: Never buy a bike from edwarj123 :shock:

    A friend of a mate of mine used to tell me every time we met (infrequently) how he had never had his suspension serviced and how much money he had saved. The finish was worn from the stanchions and his bike was wallowing all over the place. It had probably happened so gradually that he never noticed. My mate told me later that his friend's fork and shock had to be written off. So after 9 years, instead of getting them serviced at regular intervals, he probably had saved enough money to buy new fork and shock. But had he put the money on one side? (dunno). What I suspect is that he put up with under-performing suspension for years,and definitely for the last three years that I knew him.
  • Memo to brain: Never buy a bike from edwarj123 :shock:

    A friend of a mate of mine used to tell me every time we met (infrequently) how he had never had his suspension serviced and how much money he had saved. The finish was worn from the stanchions and his bike was wallowing all over the place. It had probably happened so gradually that he never noticed. My mate told me later that his friend's fork and shock had to be written off. So after 9 years, instead of getting them serviced at regular intervals, he probably had saved enough money to buy new fork and shock. But had he put the money on one side? (dunno). What I suspect is that he put up with under-performing suspension for years,and definitely for the last three years that I knew him.

    I had a mate with some Lyrik coils,and they were leaking oil but was to tight to buy a service kit for them,i would do the service for him for probably the price of a couple of pints,he made me laugh when he told they had stopped leaking,and then did nothing about it,a few months later he complained about them having a loose feeling,to which i enjoyed telling him his forks had no oil in them and had worn the bushes out,and it was going to cost him more than just a set of seals
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