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    Is the RP3 susceptible to contamination on the Epiphany?

    Question. Does it look like the RP3 on the new Epiphany is up side down? I look at the shock and think that it has a very real possibility of getting dirt and crud packed into it the way it is set up. Do any of you think that the RP3 could be flipped over and work correctly and still clear the suspension? I have never owned an Ellsworth but am seriously considering it next to the Titus and the Santa Cruz. But this RP3 has me doing a double take. Your input would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pachaven
    Question. Does it look like the RP3 on the new Epiphany is up side down? I look at the shock and think that it has a very real possibility of getting dirt and crud packed into it the way it is set up. Do any of you think that the RP3 could be flipped over and work correctly and still clear the suspension? I have never owned an Ellsworth but am seriously considering it next to the Titus and the Santa Cruz. But this RP3 has me doing a double take. Your input would be appreciated.
    It'll be fine that way. The seals will prevent dirt from entering the shock anyway. You can probably turn it around and install with the PP lever facing back. The shock placement would not deter me from buying a bike.
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    imo, Having the shock upside down probably will let more dirt under the seals than the standard orientation, but the difference would likely be extremely small and not noticable.

    I normally run a Lizard skin on air shocks, but not if they're upside down. A LS would most likely hold moisture and crud against the seals.

    Think about forks. Almost all sc forks are oriented this way and it doesn't cause too many issues

    Personally, I'd prefer that the shock be mounted the other way around, but I wouldn't call it a deal-blower or anything.

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    You might also check the Canadian board as the Rocky Mountain ETS-X has had that type of inverted mounting for a number of years now. If there are problems, they might have some info over there.

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    Hi,

    I have just turned my RP3 up the correct way because my RP3 recently got stuck down, and i know this is a known major issue with these shocks but it cant be helped by the fact that the internal seals are not lubricated by the float fluid when it is up the wrong way. I my experience elastomer seals when used in dynamic situations on air systems if specified to work with a lubricant work best with a lubricant as specified.

    Also im sure you will have noticed that when adjusting the pressure i your shock the float fluid will leak out of the schader valve. In short IMHO it's best to turn the shock up the correct way and also make sure that the bolt on the lower bushing is a good fit so that the shock cant rock in it's bushing, this is also a major problem when it comes to these shocks and the "stuck down" issue...

    Cheers

    Dave

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