Sure your's was an '03, Warp? Last I saw/heard Manitou ditched MicroLube for their entire line-up starting in '03. IIRC, Dougal also posted about this sometime last year.Warp said:Aren't Axels grease lubed??
Mine from '03 was... if yours still has the Microlube ports or if still uses grease as lubrication in the lowers, do not use stanchion lube.
First - It will fight the grease lube inside the lowers and make kind of a paste that's more sticky.
Second - It brings little benefits to the hard-chrome finish on Axel.
If yous is semi-bathm then yeah... go for the stanchion lube.
But golden rule is simply to keep stanchions clean and service the fork more often than usual if riding in nasty stuff.