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A few days ago i bought an 2003 manitou black elite with 80\100mm travel. After the first ride i noticed some oil had leaked out of both fork legs. there was a thin film of oil on the upper legs and on one side i could see where the oil had actually dripped down the outer lower fork leg. Is this normal?
 

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I think your ok...

Got_Issues? said:
A few days ago i bought an 2003 manitou black elite with 80\100mm travel. After the first ride i noticed some oil had leaked out of both fork legs. there was a thin film of oil on the upper legs and on one side i could see where the oil had actually dripped down the outer lower fork leg. Is this normal?
As long as it's a little bit of oil don't worry about it. Some oil will coat the stanchions as lube. But Manitou's tend to be a little leaky with the oil sometimes...I see that from time to time...you may want to double check the oil level. If you see excessive oil leaking out (especially when your not using it) then you may have a bad seal or something. Don't hang the bike up by the front wheel...store the bike flat on the ground. If your leaking oil out of the bottom of the fork (which I see a lot), you may need to overhaul it. ***HOWEVER.... the reason I see it a lot is because most people don't know one very important thing about Manitou forks.......with the Black Elite Air (and this is true with all Manitou air forks) you need to lube the air piston with a super heavy motor oil like 20w-50 or the like. This oil is just dropped down on top of the piston to lube it and (naturally) due to gravity it works its way down the fork and even out the bottom...which is normal. Just remember to take of the air cap and drop a few drop of motor oil on the air piston every couple of months. Otherwise you will burn up your air piston due to friction heat...which is not cool...literally. Check you owners manual under the heading "Air Piston Lubrication".
 

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Some clarification....

The_Real_Cyclesmith said:
...with the Black Elite Air (and this is true with all Manitou air forks) you need to lube the air piston with a super heavy motor oil like 20w-50 or the like. This oil is just dropped down on top of the piston to lube it and (naturally) due to gravity it works its way down the fork and even out the bottom...which is normal.
Appreciate the good info, but the above does not make sense. It is not "normal" for the oil on top of the air piston to leak into the lowers and "even out the bottom." If you are talking about the semi-bath forks (and I assume you are since you are talking about oil on the stanchions, instead of PrepM), they contain 16cc of semi-bath oil in the bottom. Unless the semi-bath oil leaks out the bottom, why would any air piston oil that found its way into the lowers leak out of the bottom?

-Chris
http://www.enduroforkseals.com/
 

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thanks for the input guys. ive done a good deal more and no more oil has leaked out. ive got a race this weekend and i wanted to know if i needed to have work done on th fork before hand.
 
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