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    Clean Shock Shafts?

    So my bike is not very old but I was wondering how often I should be cleaning and regreasing the front shock shafts. Right now they are pretty dirty and don't have a lot of grease left on them. Do I just wipe the old stuff off and buy some more from the bike shop or is this grease good for a real long time?

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    It needs service

    what does your manual say? don't have one? go one line and download it. Every fork mfr is different. Jim

    Fox suggests a clean and lube every 25 hours of riding for example.

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    I typically hit mine up each time I clean my chain and transmission, which is almost after every ride. It's pretty easy to give them a wipe and then give them a shot of lube. If nothing else your owners manual should have this info in it.

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    Fork stanchions should be at least wiped down after every ride. You'll get more mileage from both seals and stanchions. There should not be any grease on your stanchions. Check out the Fork Maintenance section (link >>) here (with pictures) for a rough guide.
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    Thanks Steve!

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveUK
    Fork stanchions should be at least wiped down after every ride. You'll get more mileage from both seals and stanchions. There should not be any grease on your stanchions. Check out the Fork Maintenance section (link >>) here (with pictures) for a rough guide.
    I never knew that guide was there
    thanks, it's most helpful, Jim

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    Motorcycle shops and Enduro seals sell a pure teflon lube made for shock stanchions, the stuff is incredible slippery.

    I do the shocks when a wash my bike once a week, or when it gets to dirty.

    I also do the rear shock

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    I'm with SteveUK

    I clean my fork stanchions and top seals after each ride. I wipe them clean with a paper towel sprayed with Armor All. If you leave a light film of the Armor All on the stanchions and compress the fork, you'll see a fine ring of the crap that was wiped from the top seals.

    I guess I'm kind of anal about the bike maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    Motorcycle shops and Enduro seals sell a pure teflon lube made for shock stanchions, the stuff is incredible slippery.

    I do the shocks when a wash my bike once a week, or when it gets to dirty.

    I also do the rear shock
    Got a brand/ msrp for this? I would be interested in picking some up if I can order it from the likes of Dennis Kirk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimTwisted
    Got a brand/ msrp for this? I would be interested in picking some up if I can order it from the likes of Dennis Kirk.
    http://www.enduroforkseals.com/id79.html

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    danO, thanks bro.
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