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    Fuel EX suspension bearings, dry & rusted

    I remember a while back there was a discussion about the bearings in the Fuel Ex suspension system. Because it's still winter here and muddy as hell on the warm days I got into breaking down my suspension and found that all of my bearings are dry and the main floater pivot is rusted on the drive-line side. I peeled the dust covers off, blasted the debris out and repacked with my companies brand of silicone grease w/PTFE (teflon), but even so the damage is already done.
    So, has anyone replaced these bearings and if so what brand do you recommend? I'll be looking for Timken or SKS.
    Do you need a bearing press to remove and repress these into place?
    If I get no replies I know I can just read the nomenclature off the side and order the bearings from a bearing distributor, just thought I'd ask in case one of you have already gone through the process. Thanks in advance.
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    Here's what I posted in another thread. You'll have to get schematics of your exact model but my bearings were P/N 6900 which is pretty common apparently. Tons of places on the net have them...

    I just did the 6 bearings in my Evo link. Originals were shot and instead of the RWC kit I just purchased 6 individual bearings from Tree Fort Bikes on the net. There are a couple of tutorial videos on Youtube of a guy showing you how to do it with a bench vice and some spacers. I just used my bench vice and sockets and it went fine.

    Edit: here are the Youtube videos:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuQGXbbkreM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4ej_Cy3rtU

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    Thanks timmaayy, I pulled the main Full Floater nut off and found that one is a 6903. Add 2RS to both and you get rubber seals on both sides.

    So, 6 = 6900 2RS
    and 2 - 6903 2RS
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    I was talking to my LBS today about the 2014's. He said the Fuel is supposed to go 650B. Also some possible changes to the Rumblefish.
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    I hope your info is accurate about the Fuel. Wonder what they mean about the RF? These and the Remedy are perfect candidates for 650B.
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    Hopefully they do the 650B on the Fuel and keep the RF a 29er.

    Trek should either not put on a dropper post or if they do put on a dropper post make it the stealth type. Maybe they could release a Bontrager dropper since most the other big manufactures all make an in house one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalRider76 View Post
    OK Fuel guys...Ive searched to no avail and cant find the answers Im looking for. I have a '12 EX8, and want to upgrade the stock cranks to an SLX M670 or XT M780 with a bashguard in place of the big ring. Sorry for my newb'ness, please bear with me

    First: Im not sure if the new cranks will be a drop in upgrade with the stock press fit bottom bracket. I assume they are? Also, the stock BB has a little over 200 miles on it at this point and not sure if the BB should be upgraded too? Would there be a benefit? Ive searched and cannot confirm whether or not the bike uses BB91, BB92 or BB95?

    Second: I want to add a bashguard of some type in place of the big ring...Partly because I never use the big ring, but also for safety, because I dont want to stick the thing in my leg! I have read that its as simple as pulling the big ring and adding the correct size bashguard to cover the middle ring. Is that correct? Should I consider a chain guide of some type? Are there any other concerns I should look into when converting to a 2x setup (other than re-adjusting the FD)?

    Third: I am upgrading because I want a stiffer crank, not necessarily lighter. Im a bigger guy at #240 and when I get out of the saddle and crank hard, I can feel the stock cranks flexing. So that being said, I wouldnt mind shedding as much weight as possible. The XT cranks are lighter than the SLX, but are they going to be as stiff?

    Hope someone can answer my Q's, and offer advice that could be useful... thanks in advance
    In response to #2, it is as easy as swapping out the large chainring with the appropriate sized bashguard; no other adjustments are necessary. I went with a Blackspire LiteGods (Blackspire - LiteGods | Blackspire) and it looks great on my matte black '12 EX8.

    I considered the SLX with bashguard or even just the SLX bashguard by itself but I didn't care for the aesthetics. IMO, the Blackspire had a much cleaner appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robtomh View Post
    in response to #2...
    thanks!!!

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    My first photo upload... assuming I've done this correctly, here's what the Blackspire looks like installed.

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    Broke my chainstay

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    Post Your FUEL EX official post

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrotyro View Post


    Broke my chainstay
    Oh?!?
    Model and year?

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    Post Your FUEL EX official post


    This is a xx1 frankeistein edition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunopiru View Post
    Oh?!?
    Model and year?
    2010 Fuel Ex 9.8. Apparently this piece is aluminum.. which is good because its cracked about 75% around. I noticed it at the top of Amasa back trail, and rode it (gingerly) down, and she survived!

    Took her into the LBS and trek is sending me a 2012 9.9 frame!

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    Re: Post Your FUEL EX official post

    Sick!!!


    See, it pays to ride hard.

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    Damn, nice
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    Hello friends, I bought the frame trek top fuel 9.9, but need to buy the crankset, but do not know the model or type, can you help me ?


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    thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supericepower View Post
    Hello friends, I bought the frame trek top fuel 9.9, but need to buy the crankset, but do not know the model or type, can you help me ?


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    thank you.
    You have a bb90 system,
    It's compatible whit a shimano crankset ( spindle 24mm)
    Or sram gxp system
    This frame is not compatible with a bb30 standard
    Excuse for my English

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunopiru View Post
    You have a bb90 system,
    It's compatible whit a shimano crankset ( spindle 24mm)
    Or sram gxp system
    This frame is not compatible with a bb30 standard
    Excuse for my English
    Thanks for reply, Shimano XT M770 compatible ?

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    Post Your FUEL EX official post

    Quote Originally Posted by supericepower View Post
    Thanks for reply, Shimano XT M770 compatible ?
    Sure,
    You have a enduro cardrige, i don't know if you have a sram gxp type or shimano type

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunopiru View Post
    Sure,
    You have a enduro cardrige, i don't know if you have a sram gxp type or shimano type
    My shimano is gxp, thanks

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    Yes. XT cranks will slide right in there.

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    Re: Post Your FUEL EX official post

    ^^ That's what she said ^^

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    Sorry friends, my English is not good, my xt will work or not?

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    You cannot have Shimano GXP.

    Shimano is your XT, yes it will fit you Shimano bottom bracket. Hollowtech II (24mm)

    Sram is GXP it will only fit if you have a GXP bottom bracket. GXP (30 mm)
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    Shimano SM-BB91-41A PressFit MTB bottom Bracket

    Shimano FC-M785 XT Crankset
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