I purchased (2) Fox shock rebuild kits for my rear shock and Fox 34mm fork from Worldwide Cyclery (WWC). The intention was to replace the seals after a little over 1500 miles of use on my Santa Cruz Tallboy. I ride in Michigan and avoid mud, so I had figured I hit the near 100 hours-ish, as recommended by Fox. WWC had the seal kits cheaper than any other competitor site and offered free shipping. Per usual, the shipping was fast and products were “as described”. I have purchased 4-5 times from WWC, and have yet to be disappointed.
The rear kit is relatively simple to replace. After you decompress the shock, all that is left is to twist the cartridge, “drain” the oil and remove the old seals. Once you throw the new seals on, squirt the 5cc of oil into the chamber, tighten it up and it's ready to go. Do not forget to put the travel ring on the shock. The fork required a little more effort than the rear shock but can be done relatively quickly.
Once you take the nuts off the fork to begin the install, you have to drain the oil and pop the seals off. Also, I used a piece of wood, rather than the nut or tool, to knock the chamber loose from the lower. The seals can be taken off with an open wrench, once that is done, clean the inside of the housing and then put the seals on. The seals are hard to put on without the “tool” but it can be done with a big enough socket. Fox recommends filling the oil using 20wt gold, and the amounts can be found on their website, per fork style.
Overall, a quick purchase from WWC and 45-minute job, for both mine and my girlfriend's bike. Thanks, WWC for having the item and shopping so quickly.
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