Leaky compression clicker

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linehand
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Leaky compression clicker

Post by linehand » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:47 pm

Here’s a good one. The compression clicker (one on the bottom) on my right fork has been weeping so I asked the shop to ck/replace the o ring on it when I had my suspension serviced a few months ago. They missed the note somehow and it’s been getting worse (3,500 mi later) so I pulled it and took it in today and the shop owner/wrench took a look, apologized for overlooking it and then advised me to get a hold of wp directly because he couldn’t find any parts listings on the microfiche for the clickers! As in, even if he wanted to, he couldn’t get parts for it! He also admitted to not being familiar with the clickers on these forks and has never removed them. Said I’d have better luck dealing with wp directly then they would as a dealer. We’ll see I guess.
I shot a message off to wp with my issue.
Has anybody had a similar issue? Will the clicker come out if I remove the snap ring or does the fork need to be completely disassembled? I’m sure if I can get it out I can find an o ring somewhere that will fit.
3rd option I have is just let it leak and just put a few drops in the bleeder screw hole just to keep things topped up. Not ideal, I like having my bikes properly dialed and leaks aren’t very acceptable.
I sure do like this bike but it’s little things like this that make me wish I rode something a little more mainstream and serviceable.

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Re: Leaky compression clicker

Post by Thirdway » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:21 am

I haven't had it happen, but worth saying that it's a quality fork and my experience is that dealers really won't do much when it comes to forks/shock. It's best to take it to a suspension specialist. Forks/shock usually require an overhaul anyway at 20K miles. Top up the gas, replace seals/bushes etc. A fork service in the UK is around £120 and about the same for the rear shock. However, that means loose forks. I would email reactive suspension near York, in the UK (or pick up the phone) if you want to know what to do, they are a WP specialist.

linehand
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Re: Leaky compression clicker

Post by linehand » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:45 pm

Thanks for the heads up thirdway. I was able to get it out today without much trouble, just had to drill a relief hole to access the snap ring with a pick. The bottom adjuster is basically the same as the top, it holds an o ring to seal and two bearings with a spring between for the detent. I should be able to source a new o ring . Hopefully this helps.
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