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    Should replace Fox Float 32 with...?

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    My 2010 Fox Float 32 100mm on my 26er has developped the dreaded "crown-creaking noise" and it will cost around $400-450 to rebuild (shipping included), so I'm thinking I may as well replace it, get something new. I also can't wait 1 month or so while it's gone, the season is upon us!

    Any recommendations on a similar quality fork that doesn't get the crown-creak?

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    Might wanna ask in the Suspension Forum.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Yeah, good point, I only saw the Suspension Forum after this post.

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    Are you sure the creaking isn't coming from your headset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    Are you sure the creaking isn't coming from your headset?
    Pretty positive... if I slightly spread the arms, I can easily reproduce the creaking sound at will.

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    Forgot to mention that I've replaced the headset too.

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    I have had around 10 fox forks including a few of my own, rebuilt at Fox and never spent more then 200, including shipping. Where did you hear it would be that much?
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    Not to mention Fox averages 7-10 days
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    Email from Fox:

    "That helps. You would be looking at $364 + Shipping PUSH Factory Rebuild:
    $179 FOX CSU (Upper aseembly): $155 FOX 32mm fork bushings (installed) $30"

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    That is insane. I just had my fox float 32 evolution rebuilt and it was 176 bucks and 16 shipping.
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    Why not buy the upper and do it yourself? It's a pretty simply process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridefat1981 View Post
    That is insane. I just had my fox float 32 evolution rebuilt and it was 176 bucks and 16 shipping.
    I thought so too.
    I think the upper assembly cost of $176 is to correct the crown creak that I might have, and $155 for the bladder/oil, etc.
    Anyways, at the cost of $400+, I may as well buy another fork new, and not a Fox at that, that creaking is a pain to listen to, almost forces you to pedal "lighter" to not aggravate it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr...

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    Rock shox Reba or Sid. I've had really good luck with both. In general I've found they go much longer (years, in some cases) before needing serviced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    Why not buy the upper and do it yourself? It's a pretty simply process.
    lol
    I'll everything on the bike except the suspension; I just don't have that kind of patience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridefat1981 View Post
    Rock shox Reba or Sid. I've had really good luck with both. In general I've found they go much longer (years, in some cases) before needing serviced.
    Thanks, I'll look them up when I've had enough of this one, which could be sooner than later.
    Hey - any particular model of SID? I've read that some of the models are problematic. Which model(s) did you own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
    lol
    I'll everything on the bike except the suspension; I just don't have that kind of patience.
    Swapping the uppers is actually very easy. Requires the right tools, good instructions(provided by Fox), and a minimal amount of patience. Replacing the bushings would require a specialty tool(or DIY tool). Those would only need to be replaced if you have back-forth knocking between the uppers and lowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridefat1981 View Post
    In general I've found they go much longer (years, in some cases) before needing serviced.
    Going this long between routine bath oil services is a very bad idea. Keep in mind the bath oil for the forks you mentioned is only 5ml of 15wt oil per leg. In comparison, a Fox Float contains 30ml of bath oil per leg. Bath oil is critical to the long term condition of the fork because it keeps the stanchions, bushings, and seals lubricated.

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    BTW, creaking crowns is not limited to Fox. I've had a Reba that creaked and there have been other reports of it -- even w/ the Pike. I probably wouldn't worry about it unless it is truly bad. If it was unbearable, I'd try to pick up a used set of uppers. I have looked into this a ways back(luckily no creaky crowns ATM) and some folks had used green loctite between the steerer/crown which seemed to solve the issue. Might be worth looking into as it was on this site.

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