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    lefty elo unit not working

    just received the lefty back from craig at mendon cyclesmith (thanks craig). the elo wasn't working before and i thought maybe a rebuild might change that. no dice. anyways, does anyone know of any options to getting a replacement or getting the unit fixed?? i'm replacing my lefty max with this so i do not have lockout right now anyways, but it would be nice.

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    Maybe someone who works with electronics could help? I'm not sure what dies in the ELO, electrical circuits? Motor? And is the problem caused by water getting in or what? Maybe you could convert it to a manual lockout?

    They pretty much all end up like that, that's why they stopped making them. A manual lockout is more reliable and almost just as easy to use. I can see the use of a remote lockout for regular single crown forks since the knobs are much lower but on a Lefty, the lever is right there a few cm from the grip anyway. I guess that doesn't help you out doesn't it?

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    Make sure you replace the battery with a Lithium Ion 9volt. When the factory battery ran out of juice, I replaced it with an off the shelf Duracell which didnt work. I sure hope your problem is this simple.......worth a shot.

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    I've had luck with regular Duracell batteries in my old ELO .

    If Craig has just done a rebuild on your Lefty , make sure
    that no oil got on the battery contacts .
    Use a Q tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe them
    thoroughly and then wipe them with a dry one .

    If this doesn't work , then the servo motor has probably
    died .
    If so , C'Dale (or maybe even Craig) can remove it and
    convert it to a manual lockout lever . The manual one weighs
    less then the ELO .
    This is the route I went with mine as (trying to remember) C'Dale
    either doesn't make servo motor any more or it was WAY cheaper
    to go manual .

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    you need one of these...about £8 here...but the best..............



    1.2Ah capacity

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    thanks for the advice everyone. craig tried a battery and i tried another one also and still nothing. i figured it was a long shot but thought i'd ask anyways.

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    Just went through the same thing with my Lefty. LBS sent it away to CDale for the DLR upgrade..should be around $225-$250.

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    At over $200 , that sounds like it includes a complete Lefty rebuild as well
    as the DLR conversion is something like $30/$45 .

    SLINGSHOT - if numerous batteries don't work , your servo motor is
    dead .
    Go ahead and convert to manual .
    I thought I would miss the push button of the ELO when
    I did mine but I didn't as there was no more activation
    "lag" when you pushed the button .
    The manual lever is also close and easy to activate .

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