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I was in the garage, installing a new Tioga headset on the Epic and had the fork off of it, so I decided that it would be a good time to replace a couple of the inner O-rings that I hadn't replaced yet. After I removed the lowers, I looked down inside them and there was gobs of grease that was serving no purpose, just adding excess weight. I decided to clean it out.

At first I was tempted to use my wife's long handled brush, the one she uses to wash the tall glasses with, but how would I explain that one to her? "Uh honey, I think that was the excess fat from the turkey burgers......". Nope, common sense got the better of me, so I grabbed a few old socks. I put one over a narrow metal tube and shoved it down into the lowers to wipe the grease out. It worked pretty good, I got 6 socks worth of grease out.

I regreased everything and put the fork back together. It weighed 1388 grams (with Ti bosses), about 15 grams less than when I pulled it off. Not too shabby for just a cleaning job.

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take the springs off the dirt-wipers as specified in the instructions?

I've disassembled 1 fork 2x and the other 1x and only just noticed this little paragraph in the instructions - you know how it goes - read the instructions last after everything is back together...

The seals don't seem to have suffered any ill-effects but I will probably remember to take them off next time!
 

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Srexy said:
take the springs off the dirt-wipers as specified in the instructions?

I've disassembled 1 fork 2x and the other 1x and only just noticed this little paragraph in the instructions - you know how it goes - read the instructions last after everything is back together...

The seals don't seem to have suffered any ill-effects but I will probably remember to take them off next time!
Yes. The first time I noticed it was difficult to put the stanchions back into the lowers, so I looked at the instructions and I noticed the springs.
 
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