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My buddy has the fork I described above and lost the compression and rebound when we were riding Diablo on Sunday. The fork stared off all right, but bottomed out a lot more towards the end of the day. Chris can almost bottom it out now just by pushing it down with his hands. The rebound he described as inconsistent. Sometimes the fork wouldn't rebound fast enough. other times it was fine. Any info on this?

He got it last year and wants to change the oil now. Do they use 5wt still? Will upping to the next level (7.5 or whatever) help? How much oil? I've never worked on these forks before so help is appreciated. Sorry if this has been answered before:eek: Thanks, Fahn
 

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That fork uses 5wt, but have you looked at the tech service instructions for the Intrinsic damper? It requires you to pull a small vacuum when servicing the damper. Your description of the symptoms sounds like air in the damper. We did a Travis at the shop with this problem and just used a plastic syringe from another fork service kit to pull that required vacuum instead of the special Manitou tool. It worked great, and the fork is still working just fine. You could have a damaged o-ring which would require replacement before it would hold a vacuum, but I'll bet it just sucked some air into the damper.

This is probably why Manitou is dropping the Intrinsic damper in the fork line. It works great, but service is more techy and it can more easily draw air in the open environment of a fork. The Intrinsic damper is really better suited to the sealed confines of a rear shock where it works best IMO.
 
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