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    I think I got water in the breather holes on my Lefty Max

    It started raining while I was riding so the bike was a mess. I gave it a "sponge bath," but I forgot to cover the breather holes on the fork (I forgot to cover everything else too...i'm a stupid newbie). Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to prevent any permanent damage (to the fork and the rest of the bike)? Thanks for helping out a clueless newbie.
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    If you didn't spray your fork down, I'd assume that there wasn't much water that got into the boot. However - I had a DLR go sour on me twice due to water getting into the boot. If I were you, I'd pull the breather boot off and get what water is in there out. A cannondale dealer told me that he had several lefty max'es go bad after water got in there... He packed silicone based grease in the boot (not exactly sure how he did this because the thing still has to breathe.

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    Remove the lower zip tie on the rubber boot.
    Cycle the fork a couple of times to "blow" the water out.
    Pull the boot up and wipe clean the races.
    Apply some synthetic/waterproof grease on the races and cycle the fork again.
    Put a pencil or something between the rubber boot and fork to allow any water/moisture to get out and after a day or so put another zip tie on.
    Clean, dry and re-lube the foam air filter.
    NEVER PUT THE BIKE UPSIDE DOWN WHEN WET!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdalemaniac
    NEVER PUT THE BIKE UPSIDE DOWN WHEN WET!
    Damn, i'm screwing up bad today. Before I turned it upside down, I dried it as much as I could. Do you think this is going to cause a problem?
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    Ive got another good tip for you Lefty guys.

    Carefully snip upper boot zip tie and remove the cable guide on the air filter
    Clean area well with rag to remove dirt and grit
    Push boot and air filter together so there is no gap between the two
    Electrical tape them together, going around a couple of times
    Install new zip tie for upper boot and reinstall the old cable guide
    Enjoy!

    This should help keep out any unwanted water. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by F3caffeine
    Damn, i'm screwing up bad today. Before I turned it upside down, I dried it as much as I could. Do you think this is going to cause a problem?
    When you turn the bike upside down the water gets inside the fork through the needle bearings and races were it can't escape and causes your needle bearings to go bad.
    Sometimes when a lot of water gets inside a headshok fork and the bike is turned upside down for a longer period of time the needle bearings corrode and the fork freezes up.
    As for now, just slide up the top part of the boot where the foam filter is located at and expose the vent holes.
    Next, open up your fork and also use the "pencil trick" I posted earlier.
    Let it sit like that for a day or so and then relube everything.
    As long as you didn't high pressure washed your bike I think you'll be okay.
    I hose off my bike (and Fork) all the time and never tape or cover anything.
    Never had any issues.
    Just make sure you don't flip your bike over next time you wash it.
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