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    RP3 maintenance

    FOX owner's manual says "air sleeve maint" every 40hrs. "Suspension fluid service" every 100hrs by service center. Is it just to cover their ............... . The air sleeve procedure is quite invasive and maybe time consuming. Do you do it by the book?. Any tips?.
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    Well, the air sleeve isn't too hard to do. The seals are really cheap, at least through Fox. You basically just need a pick to pull them out. It is a bit of a pain to get the teflon glide rings in there, but it's perhaps a 30-45 minute job your first time and then about 30 minutes including cleaning after you're experienced. I used to grease with Prep M until I saw it was actually promoting stuck down. Now just a couple CC's of shock oil is good enough, should you not use the Float Fluid (I don't as it's a bit thick, too).

    This link might still work for a video on how to do it:

    http://www.foxracingshox.com/BackOff..._float_med.mov

    Google around, too. There are a couple boards with tutorials for them. Try "fox float rebuild".

    As far as the damper goes, you can safely go a few years on the fluid. Over time the nitrogen charge dissipates and the damper fades when hot. I would say until you see the performance sucks, don't bother.
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    Thanks, do you do air sleeve every 40 hrs?.
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    Nada. Like yearly is good enough or twice a year.

    Clarification: Relube the air sleeve 6 months to a year, change the seals every couple years or something.

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    Does any one service air sleeve every 40hrs as per Fox's manual?.

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    Once. Only to find that it didn't need it and I've now settled on 80-100hrs or 6monthly as my service schedule. Even then, the air sleeve isn't desperate for an overhaul. I ride in the UK, in all weathers too...
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    Much dust but muddy only 3-4 months a year for me.
    Should be fine every 6 months I guess.

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    Yup, try opening it up after 6months and then take it from there. Mind you, if you spot any performance loss/sticking/etc then pop it open earlier. They're great little units.
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    I've had mine a year now. Never touched it and have yet to have any reason to think I should. I do ride in very dry conditions however, maybe this is to my advantage maintainance wise.

    This thread has got me thinking of checking the air sleeve just for kicks though....

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    I've had my bike for about a year now and just had the air sleeve worked on last month.
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