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    Rockshox Reba Service - Can't Remove Lower Legs

    I hope someone here has an answer for me on how I can get the lower legs off of my Rockshox Reba SL, I think 1 2009 (those that say REBA with the Star int he middle, in large letters on the non-air side)

    I had about a 2 year break in which I only used my Cross Country MTB once and now wanted to completely rebuild it from the ground up. The GX 1x11 Groupset replaced the old XT 1x9 I had on there and the last thing before final assembly is the Fork Service. First of all it worried me to have very little oil drip out when releasing the bold and the nut on each side of the lower legs at the bottom.

    Then usually only a gentle-ish tap with a rubber mallet is needed to get them apart, but this time they just won't come off. I can hit them as hard as I want with the rubber mallet and now even have marks on the rubber, but it will not come off. Does anyone have any ideas?

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    Are you hitting the bolts themselves or leaving an allen key in the nut and then hitting it?
    You could also try heating the lowers with a hairdryer (or a heat gun if you are very careful) and then try to get them loose.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    I sometimes have to take an extension and small drilling hammer to pop the bolts free... definitely more than just a rubber mallet.
    Killing it with close inspection.

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    Put 40 psi in the air spring and try again

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    ... and if we just ...

    Thank you everyone for the help! The hairdryer trick used magic. I don't know why I didn't think of it as I use it all the time with BBs and Cassettes that sit harder than I'd want them too.

    Now also the oil comes out as it should in acceptable quantity.

    EDIT: I should also mention that the rubber mallet worked beautifully, once I warmed the lowers a little up

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