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    Climbing Mode Busted?

    Out riding today and the climbing mode on my DUC32 would not hold. It worked fine on Monday while riding so I think I busted it today. Before trying it today I did take a drop that used up about 95% of the forks travel. Could that be what busted it? More importantly I would like to know if it being inop has any affect on the ridability of the fork? It seemed to feel normal for the remainder of our ride. Could I be causing more damage by continuing to ride for a while?
    I already had plans to have the fork gone through by Scot at Absolute when my riding season ends(late August). Should I be OK till then or should I stop rirding it until its fixed?

    Thanks, Curtis

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    You mean turning the knob to the short travel position has no effect on feel?
    Have you ever taken the damper apart? I suggest you do. It takes no special tools but have some 5wt oil on hand if you want to keep it stock or go 7wt for more damping (I mix 5 and 7 equally). Here's the directions:
    http://www.maverickbike.com/cms_images/file_15.pdf
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    When I turn the knob to short travel the fork still returns to full extension. The knob still turns the internals because it comes up slower(2-3 seconds to full extension) than when the knob is set to normal. I did not try to ride while the knob was set to short travel. Once I realized it wasn't working I turned it back to normal and finished the ride.
    As far as I have gone in is to adjust air in the damper cartridge.

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    It is such a simple mechanism that you should be able to visually find the problem once it's all disassembled.
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    Ok you convinced me. I have read quite a bit about how easy these are to take apart.
    I pulled it down this morning and found a piece of machining debris holding the shim off of the piston. Clean it up, topped off the oil, and back together. Works great now. Kinda suprised I couldn't feel much difference in the ride with the shim being held open all the time.
    Thanks for talking me into looking inside, it is a simple system. I would think the air side would be at least as easy to service as the oil.

    Thanks Again,
    Curtis

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    Low pressure in the damper cartridge?
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    Low pressure in the damper cartridge?
    The pressure had dropped from the 80psi I had in it. Lost about 30psi in 2 months time.

    Curtis

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    Hmm, there are really small o-rings around that shaft; oil level @ 63mm height?
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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