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    Maintenance of low-end Susp. Fork

    I have two bikes, a 26" and a 29", both hardtails with low-end suspension forks on them. They're both ridden about an equal amount because I like to switch up every few months. The 26" has a Rockshox DartII with a preload adjust (on top of left stanchion), The 29" has a Suntour SR (nvx-mlo)with preload adj. (on top of left stanchion) and a lockout lever (on top of rt. stanchion). My question is, do these forks require some periodic maintenance? Besides occasionally bottoming out neither fork has any real issue. I know they are both severely upgradable, but that won't be happening anytime soon. Any Info. from someone who has had this done to a similar type fork?, or any bikeshop mechanics who could fill me in on what needs to be done and how much it should reasonably cost, or if it's a DIY project? (I do most work on my bikes but I know some stuff is best left to professionals) Thanks in advance...

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    Both forks fall into the category of 'replace when dead'.

    You can open them up (like you should with all forks) and empty the oil, clean them up, and refill them (amounts vary according to fork). You may be able to replace the wipers.

    That said, that's the extent of the maintenance you can do. A bike shop will happily take your money to service the forks, but what will be charged is so close to buying a new fork that it will likely not be worth the trouble.

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    Don't throw it out so quickly. There's supposed to be some new trade up program from Suntour to upgraded to "higher end" Suntour air-sprung forks.

    Info from the Suntour rep here : Fork Help

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    These forks are considered disposable by many. That said, you can certainly tune the Dart 2 to better match your weight. I don't know what you weigh, but I think the Dart ships stock with a medium spring, which will work for a big portion of riders. But they also sell a soft and firm spring too. Something to consider if you weight outside of the medium spring rate range.

    Amazon.com: RockShox Dart Coil Spring Soft Black: Sports & Outdoors

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    Thanks for the responses so far. I don't know how to do this fancy thing where you quote certain parts of certain replies, so if anyone cares to elaborate to answer these questions...(1)Where would I get fork oil and/or the wiper/seals? (2)I noticed in the "old thread" (that seems pretty informative) that there was nothing mentioned at all about fork oil, nor was it apparent in any of the pic's.(3) I'm pretty sure that a firmer spring would work better for me, but first i'd like to get past servicing these things before I start trying to "tune" them. and (4) Of course I'd like to just upgrade, but from what I can tell, the more you spend on a suspension fork, the more important it is to do this kind of maintenance, so I'd like to do what I can to keep these forks working as designed, and when I'm in a position to be able to upgrade I'll hopefully be able to do my own maintenance on those as well.

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    Rockshox Service manual here

    dart 3 fork question?

    Suntour manuals here look around to find the manual you need
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    good info...

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