So after a year and quite a bit of riding I decided to tear down my Pike to perform a full service. All small bump compliance was gone. So I purchased the full service kit with all the latest o-rings and updated seal head which my fork needed as the original was the faulty one. I used the Service document found on the SRAM site for 2014 and newer Pike Forks (updated).
One of the biggest issues I had from DAY 1 was the compression switch having absolutely no affect on my fork. I used to stare at the small lock symbol and wonder what it meant because on my fork it signified 'no change' outside of the compression switch being rotated all the way counter-clockwise.
As you can see in the photo (SRAM service manual) the compression adjuster has an allen protruding from the bottom. This allen engages with the low speed compression needle which screws in and out of the compression damper. MY COMPRESSION ADJUSTER DID NOT HAVE AN ALLEN PIECE CONNECTED TO IT. Wahlah...now I know why my compression adjuster/lever never did anything...
So I took a 2.5mm Allen and used my Dremel to cut off a portion that appeared to be the correct size. Fortunately the adjuster did have a hole in the bottom that appeared to accept a 2.5mm Allen...
Not sure if at the factory they glue the allen in place but I bottomed it out in the hole with a hammer...there was enough friction for it to be held in place without any worries.
After a few tries I was able to get the adjuster to sit down in the top cap correctly... ENGAGED with the COMPRESSION NEEDLE.
I am SHOCKED that nobody at the FACTORY tested the Compression lever and this FORK made it out the DOOR.
You will notice a spring on the compression piston. Mine was also lacking this. Now since this is proprietary...I didn't have one laying around...it appears this spring acts as a buffer between the compression piston head and the updated seal head when the shock is fully extended. Not a performance issue in my book unless SRAM tells me otherwise.
AFTER I WAS DONE: Now my fork locks out, feels like a million dollars...better than NEW.
Anyway I wanted everyone to know what I DIDN'T FIND today when rebuilding my PIKE.
I would like to send my story to SRAM but not sure how and if it's even worth my time.
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