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    Lefty Speed SL OPI 2010 Locked Out : how much play when compressing the fork?

    When I lock my Lefty Speed Carbon SL 110mm Solo Air OPI 2010 fork, and I compress it, I can feel it's not locked from the beginning : there seems to be about 2 - 3mm of play before it can't be compressed further.

    Is this normal with this for, or should it be a hard lock- out without any play?

    My friend has the Lefty Speed carbon DLR 110mm Solo Air 2010, and when it's locked : no play at all.

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    I've never had any play in mine, but 2-3mm doesn't sound unreasonable... then again, what do I know
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    Craig will likely drop in and say without a doubt what it likely is... but I had something similar and the mechanic said the oil was a little low and that creates the play.

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    All of mine have no play. Not a better lockout around.

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    I also have about 2-3mm of play in my Lefty Speed Carbon SL 110mm 2010 fork. This is not normal. I have two 2010 Carbon PBR 140 and one of them has absolutely no play when it's locked out. The other one has a a little bit of play...

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    Should be a hard lock. no play. check your fork.

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    on my Flash 29er , 80mm reduced SL OPI carbon 2010 .... 2 mm play

    on my Flash 26, 110mm SL OPI carbon 2010 , no play


    grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Going to 88+ next week to have things sorted out. Already talked to Kristof, he thinks it's the o-ring seal of the locking piston that has too much play, resulting in oil leaking by.

    When it's done, I'll update here

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    Quote Originally Posted by madskatingcow
    the o-ring seal of the locking piston that has too much play, resulting in oil leaking by.
    That typically causes weak lock out. Lean into it, and you compress through it slowly.

    Most likely you simply have a leak, which creates a bubble. Air compresses, oil doesn't. Small bubble, slight movement at the top. Once oil is hit, lock is solid.

    88+ does good work, I'm not bagging on his thoughts, just FYI!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Well, we only spoke briefly, he hasn't looked at it.

    If it's a bubble, can it be 'bled', similar to brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madskatingcow
    If it's a bubble, can it be 'bled', similar to brakes?
    Nope, still best to tear the cartridge down and start from scratch.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Just got back from 88+. Fork was opened up, and the lock- out mechanism disassembled. A tighter (thicker) o-ring seal has been fitted on the internal lock- out piston, everything topped with oil and reassembled. Lock out is 100% firm now, no play It's said that the thicker o-ring seal can take away some sensitiveness to real small bumps, hope that's not the case. Still have to mount the fork in my Flash.

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