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    Lefty DLR stiction: what is causing it?

    Off my '10 Flash 29er, I noticed a bit of stiction from my fork, like the action is becoming less smooth.

    I recently rebuilt my damping cartridge when the plastic top cap had come loose, which affected the damping and the lockout.

    What could the stiction be from? And the solution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    Off my '10 Flash 29er, I noticed a bit of stiction from my fork, like the action is becoming less smooth.

    I recently rebuilt my damping cartridge when the plastic top cap had come loose, which affected the damping and the lockout.

    What could the stiction be from? And the solution?
    Can't answer the q about stiction. But have to comment on the failure. I had the exact same issue about 5 weeks after getting a brand new DLR. Noticed my lockout stopped working and I had a boot full of oil.

    Lucky for me I bought all the tools to work on the fork. I took the dampener out and the white cap at the top was completely loose. I suspect it was loose from the factory and each time I enabled/disabled my lockout it probably backed it out a tiny bit each time until it came completely loose.

    Must say I wasn't impressed. My take was it wasn't torqued correctly at the factory. But reading you had the same issue I'm wondering if this is a common problem and it can re-occur. Can anybody who knows DLR's chime in - is this something than can happen repeatedly and should we torque the white piece on the dampener when we reset the bearings?

    Later...

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    That is exactly what happened to me. I used the "cranked down" on the top cap and no problems since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    That is exactly what happened to me. I used the "cranked down" on the top cap and no problems since then.
    Did you need to add any oil or did you catch it before it leaked it all out?

    Mine needed to be filled.

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    Zen thought for the day.

    If you tighten the caps too much, you create drag.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    Zen thought for the day.

    If you tighten the caps too much, you create drag.
    How would that be? The cap seals the cartridge.

    Keep in mind that I tighten down the cap because it came loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    How would that be? The cap seals the cartridge.

    Keep in mind that I tighten down the cap because it came loose.
    Tighten it too much, and it starts compressing on itself, and tightens the seals against the shaft. Tighten too little, it comes loose.

    Fine line.....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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