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    Anyone else having this problem on their lefty max?

    Every couple of months my front brakes pads get contaminated from the grease in the lefty fork. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions?
    I keep having to replace pads before they've even worn out.

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    It's ot normal to leak so much oil so the pads to contaminated!
    Does the lefty works fine? Does lock-out working?
    Cut out the zip-tie from the down side of the boot to see from where exactly comes that leak!
    Does the lefty works fine? Does lock out working?

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    Everything seems to work fine. It just seems that the grease eventually get to the pads.
    Its a coil fork so I can't seem to figure it out. The dealer said its not a closed system so it'll happen once in a while but its a pain.

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    There is still oil in the system even if it's coil sprung but a seal keeps the oil inside. Where is the oil/grease coming from? Bottom or top of the rubber boot? Top: overflow of oil in the air filter but it would be surprising if it makes it way all the way to the brakes, there isn't that much oil there. Bottom: it could be you have way too much grease on the bearings... or the seal (quad Seal) keeping the oil in needs to be replaced.

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    My quad seal gave up a few weeks ago, I sent the fork to Mendon to have it gone over. If it's leaking enough to contaminate your brake pads, it's probably a seal problem, not grease.

    Sure, it's a closed system, assuming everything stays in one piece.
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    Thanks for chimming in Dan, it seems to be coming from the bottom. the leg seems to be always oily. Seems to be coming out from the boot. I keep wiping it clean. I'll check the seals. I did do a couple of days of downhilling on it, way beyond the lefty envelope. Would that have effected the seals?
    Appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudpimp
    Thanks for chimming in Dan, it seems to be coming from the bottom. the leg seems to be always oily. Seems to be coming out from the boot. I keep wiping it clean. I'll check the seals. I did do a couple of days of downhilling on it, way beyond the lefty envelope. Would that have effected the seals?
    Appreciated.
    I had to jump a deep rut in a race a while back at high speed. I didnt make it all the way across and the lefty bottomed out hard and fast. I noticed oil bellow the boot after. I had the seals replaced and the problem went away.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Ever have it serviced? Sounds like it needs it. Just replacing the seal, would be a foolish waste of time, considering how far you have to go in, to do it. DH runs are not going to cause the problem, but they may well have been the proverbial straw that broke the camels back.
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    the seals need replacement and maybe the big screw at the bottom of the lefty. some internals may need special adjustements. go to an authorized LBS

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeydesadist
    and maybe the big screw at the bottom of the lefty.

    Huh?
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    I've never had anything more than resetting the bearings done. What would an overhaul include. I did change out to a Ti spring but I'm sure that would have caused any of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudpimp
    What would an overhaul include. I did change out to a Ti spring but I'm sure that would have caused any of this.
    An service should include the following. Disassemble the fork completely, drain old oil, clean races, bearings, damping components, boot and air filter, fresh seals all around, new oil, inspect for damage and wear, regrease bearing/race system, and reassemble. Less than that, it's not a service. I charge $35 for the above at my place, your mileage may vary.

    Also, no, the spring didn't do a thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    I charge $35 for the above at my place, your mileage may vary.
    Sweeet price

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    An service should include the following. Disassemble the fork completely, drain old oil, clean races, bearings, damping components, boot and air filter, fresh seals all around, new oil, inspect for damage and wear, regrease bearing/race system, and reassemble. Less than that, it's not a service. I charge $35 for the above at my place, your mileage may vary.

    Also, no, the spring didn't do a thing!
    Including everything? or just $35.- for the labor?
    I might have to send my fork to you to then...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdalemaniac
    Including everything? or just $35.- for the labor?
    I might have to send my fork to you to then...
    All seals, oil, and labor, yes. I also cover 1/2 return shipping. It's less than an hours work typically, why some shops charge so much is beyond me. I do have the distinct advantage of no employees, and low overhead which helps, but I am a brick and mortar bike shop, not a garage guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    All seals, oil, and labor, yes. I also cover 1/2 return shipping. It's less than an hours work typically, why some shops charge so much is beyond me. I do have the distinct advantage of no employees, and low overhead which helps, but I am a brick and mortar bike shop, not a garage guy

    Wow! I paid like $23.- the other day for just 1/2 of finish line shock oil.....
    For the next service I'll definitely send it to you!
    Saves me the headaches of ordering a seal kit, oil, picking everything up from my local bike shop which is like an hour away etc...
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    Imagine that i send him 2 leftys for service from Greece,
    And find also the time to help at the forum by replying and giving advices to all that posts. Mendon

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    Graig rules, straight up. He always seems to have time to answer all questions on the phone, on the boards or in a PM and still turn around Leftys in a rediculous amount of time while charging nothing. Friggin awesome service.

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    Sounds great. So do I just unbolt the fork and slide the steerer tube out?
    If its that easy I'm sending it your way. Not very mechanincaly inclined

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudpimp
    So do I just unbolt the fork and slide the steerer tube out?
    You need an outboard bearing bottom bracket tool, which removes the top cap. Once that's off, just undo the pinch bolts, and slide the whole fork out of the clamps, leaving them on the bike.
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    Simple enough. Thanks one lefty max coming your way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudpimp
    Simple enough. Thanks one lefty max coming your way!
    PM sent....
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