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    Loose bushings in manitou machete

    Hi all,

    I have a set of 120mm 29er manitou machetes that have had a bit of play in the bushings since new (few years now). I can feel it at the dust seals when rocking the bike with the front brake on. I donít notice it when riding, and there arenít any wear marks on the stanchions.

    Is it a case of the bushings not being set correctly at the factory? I heard a theory that the seats can be slightly conical so tapping them a bit further in can tighten them up. Is this the case with manitou forks? Or should I get a new set put in? Like I said, I donít notice it while riding but at the same time I donít want to get premature wear out of them, I like the forks a lot.

    Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice.

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    A bit of play is ok and if you don't notice it while riding then carry on regardless imo.

    If you make the clearance too tight then you'll have all sorts of stiction and will be wishing for your old bushings back again.

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    proper tolerance bushing has no play at all. Actually it has, but you cant feel it while binding the fork, braking or riding. If its knocking that bad.

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    Yes bushings can be resized, it's a bit of an art with several different processes depending on what you're trying to do. But once you've tightened them you need to force a burnishing tool through to ensure they're round. So the tool count is significant to do it correctly.

    Lower bushing seats can be slightly conical. Uppers are usually directly into a pocket.
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    Thanks for chiming in, Dougal. That sounds like a lot of work, would getting the old ones taken out and new ones put in solve the problem? I saw you had some 32mm bushings on your site.

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    Have you contacted Manitou? I had an older Tower where a single bushing came loose and Manitou really stepped up and sent me a new set of lowers.

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