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    888 RC vs Fox 40 RC2

    Hi Guys,

    I tried to do a search, but just could not find what I was looking for.

    Can I get some input on a 888 RC w/ 32mm stanchions vs the Fox 40 RC2? My 888 works great, but I keep wondering if the 40 would be even better.

    Thank you for any input,

    M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBN
    Hi Guys,

    I tried to do a search, but just could not find what I was looking for.

    Can I get some input on a 888 RC w/ 32mm stanchions vs the Fox 40 RC2? My 888 works great, but I keep wondering if the 40 would be even better.

    Thank you for any input,

    M.
    That's gunna be difficult, as no 888 has ever had 32mm stanchions. They started at 35, then went to 38. Assuming you are talking about a 35mm 888RC, the fox would be lightyears ahead for damping performance. The challenge would be to keep it well lubricated due to the low volume of oil it uses.
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    Went to my first DH race recently, and am kinda hooked. So now i'm also looking into dual crown forks. Old 888 reliability is great, but the 40 and boxxer have better damping.
    Nonetheless i like the 888 because of strength, reliability, and price for the 2006-2007 models.. so, i'm thinking about grabbing an old 888 and ordering up a damping cartridge from Avalanche.

    http://www.avalanchedownhillracing.c...Cartridge.html

    From what i've read, i'll have a fork that performs better (or at least as good as) than the 40 and boxxer, is very reliable, but only slightly heavier. Chew on that

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsyCro
    Went to my first DH race recently, and am kinda hooked. So now i'm also looking into dual crown forks. Old 888 reliability is great, but the 40 and boxxer have better damping.
    Nonetheless i like the 888 because of strength, reliability, and price for the 2006-2007 models.. so, i'm thinking about grabbing an old 888 and ordering up a damping cartridge from Avalanche.

    http://www.avalanchedownhillracing.c...Cartridge.html

    From what i've read, i'll have a fork that performs better (or at least as good as) than the 40 and boxxer, is very reliable, but only slightly heavier. Chew on that
    Interesting. So spending 5 or 6 hundred on an 07 888 then installing the new damping cartridge would be the way to go in your opinion? That would save a ton of money and I'll be in the market for a new fork/frame very soon. I can spend around 2500 or 3k total on the frame/fork but the more I save the better components I can upgrade to from what I am currently running as I will be switching components over from my current build, which is a '07 yakuza sohon bucho, with a pair of mavic deetraks.

    I would love to go with something like brand new boxxer teams, or even WC if the price is right, but if the difference isn't going to be that vast, I'll simply go with the set up you suggested, and get a few better components like cranks, brakes, etc.. You can get an 09 Turner DHR for around 1600 at the moment, or even an '09 Yeti RDH for around the same price (both brand new). That with a 600 dollar fork leaves me around 800 to spend on components and since I already have a good wheelset, I could make a pretty sick build.

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    I have a 06 888rc2x and 08 fox 40 both perform great . The fox is high maintance but works flawless and smooth just not as supple as the 888.The 888 is butter smooth ramps up nicely with the 2x cartrige and well hadles everything in stride with a weight penalty.

    You can't pry my 888rc2x from my cold dead hands. Bombproof and reliable as hell. If I am not riding it anymore it sits as back up as it did until recently before going back into full use.

    Do you have gold knobs uptop? if so thats an 05 not as good as 06-07 IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archi-Magus
    Interesting. So spending 5 or 6 hundred on an 07 888 then installing the new damping cartridge would be the way to go in your opinion? That would save a ton of money and I'll be in the market for a new fork/frame very soon. I can spend around 2500 or 3k total on the frame/fork but the more I save the better components I can upgrade to from what I am currently running as I will be switching components over from my current build, which is a '07 yakuza sohon bucho, with a pair of mavic deetraks.

    I would love to go with something like brand new boxxer teams, or even WC if the price is right, but if the difference isn't going to be that vast, I'll simply go with the set up you suggested, and get a few better components like cranks, brakes, etc.. You can get an 09 Turner DHR for around 1600 at the moment, or even an '09 Yeti RDH for around the same price (both brand new). That with a 600 dollar fork leaves me around 800 to spend on components and since I already have a good wheelset, I could make a pretty sick build.

    if you are a set it and forget it kinda guy, you could get the lighter BoXXer Race with BoXXer Team springs or go solo-air like the WC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork
    I have a 06 888rc2x and 08 fox 40 both perform great . The fox is high maintance but works flawless and smooth just not as supple as the 888.The 888 is butter smooth ramps up nicely with the 2x cartrige and well hadles everything in stride with a weight penalty.

    You can't pry my 888rc2x from my cold dead hands. Bombproof and reliable as hell. If I am not riding it anymore it sits as back up as it did until recently before going back into full use.

    Do you have gold knobs uptop? if so thats an 05 not as good as 06-07 IMO
    Clock,
    That is good input. Thank you.

    I do have the gold knobs. Do you think the Avalance upgrade would be a big improvement for an average rider?

    Thanks again,

    M.

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    I have the RC2X as well, its an awesome fork. Unless you are worried about weight you can't really go wrong. I'd leave it stock till you know you can tell the difference when you get the AVA carts.

    Feed the 888 fresh oil once a year (maybe twice if you ride a lot) and go ride. Once its setup you basically don't touch it, its just there, stiff and works like a champ.

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    i love my 888 rc. I wish the compression would do something though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBN
    Clock,
    That is good input. Thank you.

    I do have the gold knobs. Do you think the Avalance upgrade would be a big improvement for an average rider?

    Thanks again,

    M.

    Yes that avalanche upgrade cartrige is going to far superior to the 05 rc cartrige no doubt. However if one dosen't know how to properly setup their suspension the extra expense is a waste.

    But on another note not all is wasted at all . The avalanche cartrige will fit in a boxxer or fox 40 with optional adapters. So its something that has a possibility of getting use for many many years.
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    '07 rc2x owner here. I think it's an unbelievably reliable fork. I've never had issues with it. The seals need to be replaced this year. The micro tuning is unreal. Every click with the preload/compression knobs makes a difference. The same can be said about the rebound too. I've thought about upgrading the bike, but the frame and fork have no issues at all. Why replace something that's not broke? ttyl, Fahn

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