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    Leaky fork after being upside down normal?

    i was working on my bike and had it upside down for a second and got pulled away and forgot about it.

    when i flipped it back over i started getting oil coming out of the right stanchion when i would compress the fork.

    not a squirt but it was visibly showing up on the stanchion and right above the seals.

    it was even oily up by the lockout knob from it going down the upside down fork. not alot of oil came out at all but some

    it was like this after i flipped it up right for maybe 3 minutes. then back to normal. no oil during compression, no build up on the stanchion, normal feel...everything.

    i flip bikes over all of the time and have never seen this. is this something that just/can happen from being upside down or are my seals toast?

    rock shox pike U-turn fork

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    Time for a fork service.
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    thats what i figured the answer was.

    its on an older specialized ( 09-11) do i have to get a specific kit or will the pike rebuild kits that im finding work? obviously the stanchions have to be the same diameter. but im assuming the pikes are all the same?

    ive also never serviced a fork myself ( perfectly capable just never have ) so i will be doing some research i suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Special Eye View Post
    thats what i figured the answer was.

    its on an older specialized ( 09-11) do i have to get a specific kit or will the pike rebuild kits that im finding work? obviously the stanchions have to be the same diameter. but im assuming the pikes are all the same?

    ive also never serviced a fork myself ( perfectly capable just never have ) so i will be doing some research i suppose.
    The kit is specific to your fork. You will need to use the serial number to look up which one you need.

    If it hasn't been done in a while, or ever, I'd highly recommend a full rebuild which includes the damper. (more complicated)
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    that WILL be out of my comfort zone.

    whats the possess at that point?

    send them out i assume?

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    Yup. Depending on where you are you may find a shop that does it in house. If not you can send it out. It's no big deal.

    These guys are local to me.
    https://www.blackdogsuspension.com
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    do you know where i can find the seal kit i need? i dont have the fork with me so i havent googled the serial number but is there somewhere i can search? contact rock shox with the serial?

    note...this is the PIKE 351 that came on this specialized.

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    Haven't a clue. I believe you need to look it up on the RS website somewhere.
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    found this on a forum that rhymes with shmike shmadar :P

    "You just need a standard Rockshox 32mm lower service kit to do a lower lube or a normal Pike/Recon/Reba MoCo service kit for a full service.
    I think the kit includes seals to do air and coil forks.
    It was a special made for the Pitch but basically just a normal Pike with minor changes."

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    so...correct me if im wrong, i've only done this one other time.

    -remove lower legs
    -replace foam rings and wiper seals
    -put lower legs back on
    -before bolting lower legs back on put 15ml of 15 wt oil though the holes in bottom
    -bolt together.

    it also appears that the standard RockShox foam ring / seal kit for 32mm stanchions will work.

    i do not have a wiper seal tool...will i be ok doing it with out?

    (picture wont load but i found the manual for the pike 351- 15ml and 15 wt oil is what its saying)

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