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    Manitou Sherman Firefly 2002

    Hi! I want to buy a used sherman firefly 2002, but i cant find anything on the internet about the fork. Can someone help me out? Btw, the fork is 8 months old so it is in great condition. Can someone tell me does it have TPC or SPV, Evil genius seals,...
    I want to know if im making the rigth choice. Thanks!!!

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    The fork might be made in 2002, but it's a 2003 model year fork.

    They only had TPC(+) back then and are very reliable forks. The seals are probably worn out, but some Enduro seals would solve that for a very long time.
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    Thanks!!!

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    TPC+ was the best.

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    I heard that the RAPID TRAVEL II can very easily die and you can no longer set the travel where you want it. Does anybody know anything about that? And if it is true is fixing the problem a big deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zozimo
    I heard that the RAPID TRAVEL II can very easily die and you can no longer set the travel where you want it. Does anybody know anything about that? And if it is true is fixing the problem a big deal?
    If it's ridden half engaged then it can chew the ears off itself. Effectively leaving the fork at full travel.

    To fix that requires a new spring side compression rod, not a big problem.
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    If you ride hard in the lowered position, the wings can also deform or sheer off. It's really for climbing only. There's a easy and safe way to permanently reduce the travel.

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    Whit spacers? or there is another way?

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    Can i use standard 5w-40 oil in my fork? I want to change the oil in my fork but i dont have the Motorex oil that Manitou recomendes.

    And another question:
    My fork has from 110-130 mm of travel, but it uses up only 120mm. I have taken apart the fork and nodesed that the compression rod is too short or the spacer is 1cm bigger. What can i do about that? O yea and my fork is 03 Sherman Firefly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zozimo
    Can i use standard 5w-40 oil in my fork? I want to change the oil in my fork but i dont have the Motorex oil that Manitou recomendes.

    And another question:
    My fork has from 110-130 mm of travel, but it uses up only 120mm. I have taken apart the fork and nodesed that the compression rod is too short or the spacer is 1cm bigger. What can i do about that? O yea and my fork is 03 Sherman Firefly
    Go to your local motorbike shop and buy any good 5wt fork or shock oil. The brand doesn't matter much.

    The last 10mm of your fork travel is inside the bottomout bumpers, if you hit something hard enough then you'll get all the 130mm. If you aren't getting 130mm then try riding faster or get softer springs.
    Owner of www.shockcraft.co.nz, Mech Engineer, Tuner, Manitou, Motorex, Vorsprung EPTC, SKF, Enduro
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    Thanks!

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