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    Fox 32 F120RL, play when fully extended

    I really don't know how to word what I observed but here goes.

    Had my Trance X2 for a year now and so far there have been no problems. Recently though, twice exactly, the fork hesitated for a little bit before compressing when I hit a bump or dipping.

    So after the rides, I looked at the fork, compressed it by pushing down on the bars and it works fine. This is what I noticed weird though. Fully extended and keeping the front tire still, I pull up on the fork and I notice a 2mm up/down play, meaning I can move it by 2mm without any resistance at all.

    Thinking it might be normal, did the same thing on my son's X3 with a F120R and it does not have that play.

    Is this a sign that the seals or whatever, inside the fork is going bad? Want to address it now while it's not worse yet.

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    From my limited experience, the "2mm up/down play" is normal.

    An air sprung Manitou fork I have developed ~5mm of play and my LBS sent it in to Manitou. We were told this is normal. I didn't like that answer, so I had the LBS take it apart. They found (and discussed it with Manitou) that the topout spring (as best as I can remember) was compressed slightly shorter then spec'ed causing this effect.

    The Fox F-120 RLC that I replaced the Manitou with has developed ~2mm of the same up/down play and I assume it is the same thing going on with either the "topout spring" or "air negative spring", both of which are on the air spring shaft.

    I would look elsewhere for the cause of the hesitation.

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    Thanks gmcttr.

    Guess I shouldn't worry about that play for now. Only reason I asked about it is coz my son's fork doesn't do the same.

    The fork being stuck, I may somehow be like stiction but needed much force to get the fork to move.

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    When is the last time the fork was serviced?

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    I bought the bikes last summer and has not been serviced yet. It was checked by the LBS last April though.

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