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    2008 Manitou R7 Elite Bushing Replacement

    I have a small amount of play between the stanchion and the lower leg. I have been told that it is time to replace the bushings. Is this a difficult task? Something best left to a shop or service centre? Or could a relatively handy guy do it?

    I ask, because it seems like a very expensive fix (roughly quoted at $170 - $120 for the job plus $50 for shipping to the service centre in Vancouver as there does not seem to be a shop in Toronto that will service the bushings) for a set of $40 dollar bushings.

    It also seems like it's relatively early in the forks life to need the bushings replaced. I picked them up at the end of '08. I rode once, sometimes twice a week last seasons.

    My one year warranty is up though... Balls

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    This is one of those deals where the task is relatively easy, the specialized tools required aren't very complicated, but unfortunately they are kind of expensive.

    Those may or may not be the exact tools you need, but you get the picture.

    It would seem that for the cost of the tools you could pay someone else to do the job for you and get it right the first time or you could get the tools and DIY. I tend to go DIY, but that doesn't mean I haven't hung my head in shame when I mucked it up the first time and took it to the shop after the fact. But, on occasion, I get it right the first time.

    There you have it. Good luck!
    "Bikes aren't fast--people are fast. Bikes are overpriced. It's an important distinction."---BikeSnob NYC

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