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Thread: Rock Shox Dart3

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    Rock Shox Dart3

    Hi i have a rock shox dart 3 and i know i should be lubing it and i use it very frequently. i have some lube except i don't know hwere i should be applying it. I've heard that you are supposed to put the lube on the sanctions, but where and what are the sanctions?
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    The stanchions are the part of the fork the slides up and down into the fork lowers. There's a rubber gasket and dust wipers on each side of the fork. Inside the fork, under the dust wipers are sponges filled with oil. As long as these stay soaked, you shouldn't need any extra lube on the stanchions.

    Edit: Link to Dart 3 Manual
    Spelling corrected. Yes sanctions are what we impose on foreign countries, not a bike part.
    Last edited by emtnate; 08-07-2008 at 09:17 AM.

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    Spelling correction for both posts - "Stanchions"


    You shouldnt have to lube it as emtnate says - it gets greased up in the internals.


    If you want to lube it additionally for a little extra plushness, use silicon sprays... DONT use chain lubes (some are not good to the rubber wipers/seals)

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    ok thank you both

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    unless you need the extra plushness i really wouldnt bother, i have a dart and ive been thrashing it for 2ish years and it wont die on me so i cant upgrade lol

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