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    I've adusted and trimmed one which was pretty straight forward but I've not replaced one.

    There must be some generic cord out there that would work. I can't imagine it's unique to ks.

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    I've actually done it but while trying to get to the kevar wire, found it quite hard to remove the actuator end assembly without the inner shaft rotating. I've tried to use a strap wrench, but the shaft is too smooth, or my strap wrench just sucks, any suggestions on something that would hold the shaft tight enough so that i can easily remove that end assembly? Or where i can get a strap wrench like the one Rick uses in the tutorial videos? many thanks!

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    I use a cheap plastic strap wrench but l clean the post and strap with ipa first and wrap the strap down the post as far as I can before crossing back to lock on itself. That way, I get as much surface contact as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onzadog View Post
    I use a cheap plastic strap wrench but l clean the post and strap with ipa first and wrap the strap down the post as far as I can before crossing back to lock on itself. That way, I get as much surface contact as possible.
    Thanks for the tip i'll give it a try

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    I am having a problem with my LEV Integra sticking the last 15-20mm or so at the top.. Anybody heard of this problem or know of a solution?

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    The junction box cover needs to be secured better than it currently is. I have a feeling I am going to lose this one on the trails although it does sit flush and I have to pry it with a fingernail to remove it.
    Ziptie your red lev cover, I lost mine in my local trail.
    My distributor in my area is charging US$20 for that little red cap!@$/^&(**$#$

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    Also be careful with that little o-ring. It's not the most durable.

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    Anyone now where can I order the inner kevlar cable for KS LEV 250?

    The inner kevlar cable of my LEV 150 post was broken today and I cannot find where to order a replacement. Please help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anavot View Post
    The inner kevlar cable of my LEV 150 post was broken today and I cannot find where to order a replacement. Please help.
    Straight from KS is the only possible option. Or they might say you have to send it back.
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    how much side to side play on ks lev?

    Just installed mine this weekend and I noticed side to side play of about 1/4 inch when moving the seat side to side, I was told some play is normal but is 1/4 inch from the tip of the saddle side to side movement normal?
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    It seems excessive for me, mine has only a couple of millimeters at most after months of (ab)use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justoracle View Post
    Just installed mine this weekend and I noticed side to side play of about 1/4 inch when moving the seat side to side, I was told some play is normal but is 1/4 inch from the tip of the saddle side to side movement normal?
    Is that a measured quarter inch or and estimated quarter inch...? One mans 1/4" is another mans 2-3mm...

    I'd say, yes, normal. You don't notice it when you're sitting down. Will have zero affect on performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anavot View Post
    The inner kevlar cable of my LEV 150 post was broken today and I cannot find where to order a replacement. Please help.
    If you are staying in the state, you can send it back to KS.
    My buddy sent his i950 back to distributor in singapore, is already 6 weeks still no news yet! Our local distributor sucks!

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    No side to side play on either of my LEV's after a year on each. That sounds excessive if it is truly a quarter inch.
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    I contacted KS and they said to send it to them for repair. I bought it 6 days ago from Jenson USA (online order)... I could just return it for a full refund, but I may just go through KS to make sure when I get it back it's upgraded/fixed with no play. If I were to exchange it through jenson USA I may get one that behaves the same way ??
    As some of you mentioned it probably doesn't affect functionality but worried that it would get worse with use, shelled out $350 for it and it sucks to get something less than perfect when new even if it doesn't affect functionality at least not now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justoracle View Post
    I contacted KS and they said to send it to them for repair. I bought it 6 days ago from Jenson USA (online order)... I could just return it for a full refund, but I may just go through KS to make sure when I get it back it's upgraded/fixed with no play. If I were to exchange it through jenson USA I may get one that behaves the same way ??
    As some of you mentioned it probably doesn't affect functionality but worried that it would get worse with use, shelled out $350 for it and it sucks to get something less than perfect when new even if it doesn't affect functionality at least not now.

    Just exchange it... Fewer people experience this problem than more. If you get another bad one, then run straight out and buy a lottery ticket.
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    Took the bike in for a tune-up yesterday and had the mechanic look at the dropper and it looks like the shaft moves maybe 1mm side to side but the rest of the play comes from the seat clamp. I took the seat off along with the clamp, looked it over, re-install it but it had the same amount of play as before, sending it to KS today.
    I like the dropper, if I send it for an exchange to Jenson USA I'd have to take the cable off the bike, as you know that's the most tedious part of the installation, I'll send just the post to KS so they can fix it and hopefully have a good working dropper in a week or so.

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    New KS trigger for single ring users....looks nice!!KS LEV 125mm. Am I the first to have?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1380210957.059844.jpg

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    The side-to-side play on my LEV continues... this is what I've done so far, sent the seatpost to KC for repair, they got it on a friday and I received back the next friday, I'm CA and foothills ranch CA is about 2 hours away.

    Installed it and what do you know... it has the same DAMN side to side play! Here's a video, what should I do? I'm thinking of just returning it to jensonUSA for a refund and stick to my regular non-drop post... if I exchange it, what are the odds I'll have the same problem ?

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    That is definitely not right, take it to Jenson's and exchange it for a new one. If you don't want to take the cables off the bike just see if they will let you leave the new cables and accessories in the box and give you only the seatpost on the exchange...worth a shot. But even if you have to trim and install new cables, it worth it not to have a lemon.

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    Called jenson-usa and they're sending me a new one, they couldn't just send me the seatpost without the cable (since I'm planning to keep the original cable that's already installed on my bike), so I'll get a complete package but I'll just send the unused cable along with the broken seatpost. Keeping my fingers crossed the new one doesn't have the same crap play as the original one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justoracle View Post
    The side-to-side play on my LEV continues... this is what I've done so far, sent the seatpost to KC for repair, they got it on a friday and I received back the next friday, I'm CA and foothills ranch CA is about 2 hours away.

    Installed it and what do you know... it has the same DAMN side to side play! Here's a video, what should I do? I'm thinking of just returning it to jensonUSA for a refund and stick to my regular non-drop post... if I exchange it, what are the odds I'll have the same problem ?

    ks lev shock - side to side play - YouTube
    Both mine had a bit of side to side play, one slightly worse than the other. But neither were anywhere near that bad...
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    I have two LEV's and one is totally stiff, and the other is almost the same. By that I mean, I feel something if I try to move it but you can't even see it actually move. I didn't get either from Jenson. I like Jenson but their price was too high and they still had pictures up of the first generation LEV. I got one from PricePoint and the other from BikeBling. The one from BikeBling with a coupon code was the cheapest (less than $300) and the newest generation LEV. That is the really stiff post. The one from PricePoint was a second generation LEV.

    If you get another bad one, I'd get my money back and try BikeBling. For your trouble you could end up saving a lot of dough. Good luck.
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    Holly shit!

    got the new one from jenson USA and it has the same side to side play if not even worse! right out of the box!! I'm wondering if this is a problem with the 27.2 posts? Anyone else on here with a 27.2 100mm post that could verify how much side to side play you have? maybe I'm being over critical, apparently some side to side play is normal but it just doesn't seem right, appreciate anyone who could chime in.

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    KS wanted me to try with a different seat to see if it was the seat that was causing the horizontal play, it pretty much behaved the same, here is the video with a different seat, it's a road bike seat cause that's all I had to test with


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    Just installed first dropper, KS LEV, lever on right side of handlebars. 1st ride, shifted a lot by accident, instead of operating KS lever. Does this get better as you become used to it? It was kinda frustrating/funny.

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    I put mine on the left because you don't shift the front rings nearly as much as you shift the back cassette. You are going to to want to shift and move the seat at the same time eventually. This way there is less chance of that happening and it will become second nature using your left hand after awhile. I also put my lever a little higher than I see most install it because then I don't accidentally hit it during real technical stuff.
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    That's what I was thinking, but most people I see keep it on right. Left does make sense to me too. More Opinions?

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    On the left, I run a single chain ring now, but before that i was on the left for the same reasons JPBakerIII stated.

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    Keep the feedback coming, thanks

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    on the left too, but I run a XX1 so no shifter on the left...

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    I bought a KS lev 125 in May and as of the middle of Oct. it has become "squishy" in the raised position. It compresses a couple of inches. Needless to say it is a bummer and un-ridable. I have had no problems with it other than some side-side play (but that did not bother me too much).

    Any others out there that have experienced this problem? Any fixes? Thanks,

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    Sounds like it needs a bleed. I think someone wrote a how to guide somewhere, or send it back for a service.

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    After fabricating some tools you can rebuild or bleed these but it's more hassle than it's worth. I could see it if you need the post for a race in less than 2 weeks and can't risk sending it back but when working on stuff that's not ment to be servicable there's always the chance something could go wrong and you gotta send it back anyway. With most posts the best advice is send it in.
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    I got my 150mm Lev yesterday, installed it and rode it around the back yard. That was enough to convince me to order a 34.9/125mm post for the Liteville as well.

    Straight away it felt better than the old CB Joplin and Specialized Blacklite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishguy View Post
    I bought a KS lev 125 in May and as of the middle of Oct. it has become "squishy" in the raised position. It compresses a couple of inches. Needless to say it is a bummer and un-ridable. I have had no problems with it other than some side-side play (but that did not bother me too much).

    Any others out there that have experienced this problem? Any fixes? Thanks,
    Dude, I have the exact same issue, any fix? Going to check the pressure and see if that makes any difference.
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    Pressure won't fix it. The reason it's soft and not holding is because there's air at the top of the "damper" rather than oil. It needs a bleed, be it at home or a factory service. The air needs to come out of that particular part and be replaced with oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onzadog View Post
    Pressure won't fix it. The reason it's soft and not holding is because there's air at the top of the "damper" rather than oil. It needs a bleed, be it at home or a factory service. The air needs to come out of that particular part and be replaced with oil.
    Thanks. I will get a RA number and send it to KS. I assume it is a pain to bleed?
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    Can the lev be torn down, cleaned and reassemble by the average home mechanic?

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    Hey team.

    I've had a couple of LEVs in different frames, all of which ave had some degree of rotational movement at the saddle, my most recent one also has a little fore and aft movement, neither are noticeable when riding though.

    What are others experiencing in this department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Dude, I have the exact same issue, any fix? Going to check the pressure and see if that makes any difference.
    Pull it out of the frame and check to bottom part is screwed on (the bit that covers the string mechanism) , mine came loose and thats what was giving me a 10-20 mm of up and down play at the top of the stroke.

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    Is storing the bike upside down with the LEV not recommended? Does it matter with the Integra? Also, will any grease be fine to use on the stanchions? I've read about slick honey being recommended before, but I don't see anything specific in the manual. What I have right now is white lightning crystal grease. Appreciate the feedback.

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    Hey people, i've just noticed when my LEV is half way up/down and i lift my bike from the saddle it moves up about a cm or 2 and when i put my bike back down it returns to the original position, is that normal, or is it not suppose to move at all?

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    It's abad idea to pick the bike up by the saddle when it's lowered. You could suck air into the hydraulics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    It's abad idea to pick the bike up by the saddle when it's lowered. You could suck air into the hydraulics.
    How should it be possible? hasn't the lev a sealed hydraulic cartridge? where should the air be sucked from by the hydraulics?

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    I'm no expert but from the way it doesn't compress when sat on it, but does rise when lifted by the saddle, it makes me think there's some sort of washer over a piston type assemble. When sat on it, you're forcing the washer over the ports in the piston, when you lift by the saddle, the force of the oil is bending the washer away from the piston (or some similar arrangement).

    I can see the theory that if you pull the saddle up, you create a vacuum which could possibly suck air past the seals. However, it's not a very fast movement and I think the air spring and oil damper/lockout are separate chambers, so inside the damper, would be a fixed volume of oil, it won't compress above the piston so therefore, shouldn't create a vacuum below the piston.

    Happy to be proved wrong though, it's all just theory, I've not had the damper apart.

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    Exactly. You create a vacuum and can suck air from the atmosphere in past the seal. Sure some posts claim you can pull on them in a dropped position but I've seen it cause the need for a rebuild so it's just not worth doing with any post that uses a hydraulic system.
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    anyone know if the LEV Integra utilizes the kevlar cable from the "regular" LEV? Seems like the weak spot in this design and I'm tired of getting it fixed.... would consider upgrading to the Integra if it does away with this feature....
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    Quote Originally Posted by onzadog View Post
    I've adusted and trimmed one which was pretty straight forward but I've not replaced one.

    There must be some generic cord out there that would work. I can't imagine it's unique to ks.
    Try thin braided fishing lines... then take 3 strands and braid them like pigtails loosely (cos if too tight-- it gets stretchy and that would not be desirable). You'll want to keep everything as non-stretch as possible.

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    Braid loose? It seems that would be stretchy? Why not braid tight?

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