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Only seems to be one picture attached? But from the top caps it looks like 04 or 05
Thank you JohnnyC7, actually 04 or 05 was what I was hoping for. I was trying to refill the oil and the 05 manual said 20cc of 7.5 oil Left and 40cc oil in right legs. When i was re assembling it seemed like too little. Do you know if the fork is suppose to be full or is that oil amount just to keep things lubricated? I will try to fix the picture thing next.. thanks again..

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nope just the one number 4081708. would that possibly mean 2004?
It could be a serial number, they used to have serial numbers on the crown.

I know that some old Marzocch forks did have casting date stamps with 2 numbers under the crown, for example a 02 stamp would date it as either a late 2002 model or a early 2003 model.

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I think some forks had casting date stamps on the bottom of the lowers legs too.

Do some google image search's for '2003 Marzocchi Marathon' or '2004 Marzocchi Marathon' or '2005 Marzocchi Marathon'
You will probably find a fork that looks the same.
 

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It could be a serial number, they used to have serial numbers on the crown.

I know that some old Marzocch forks did have casting date stamps with 2 numbers under the crown, for example a 02 stamp would date it as either a late 2002 model or a early 2003 model.

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I think some forks had casting date stamps on the bottom of the lowers legs too.

Do some google image search's for '2003 Marzocchi Marathon' or '2004 Marzocchi Marathon' or '2005 Marzocchi Marathon'
You will probably find a fork that looks the same.
Thanks so much. Looks like mine is a 02. It has 02 on the left and 160 on the right stamped. Do you possibly know what the 160 means? I needed the year to know how much oil to put in the fork. I used 2005 levels of 20cc on the left and 40cc on the right. Looks like a 2002 takes 30 on the left and 115 on the right. wow big difference... what should I do? When I took it apart, there were two shock units inside but no long springs like the 02 illustrations show..
 

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BTW, my top caps are completely different than those pictured.
Marzocchi forks could vary a bit with OEM models and aftermarket models.

Here's a 04 Marathon SL that has different top caps to yours and the OP's

https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb14070516/p5pb14070516.jpg

* yumseyo, I just noticed I put the wrong web address for the manuals in my previous post, I edited it with the correct address.
 

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Marzocchi forks could vary a bit with OEM models and aftermarket models.

Here's a 04 Marathon SL that has different top caps to yours and the OP's

https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb14070516/p5pb14070516.jpg

* yumseyo, I just noticed I put the wrong web address for the manuals in my previous post, I edited it with the correct address.
Cobba,

Thanks so much for the information. You are an excellent tech. Just to confirm, the right side is the ecc5 lock out side right? and that is the side that gets more oil? The manuals are a bit confusing. Looks like I have an "02", I found "02" markings at the crown and at the brake caliper mount.

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Looks like I have an "02", I found "02" markings at the crown and at the brake caliper mount.
Looking at photos of 02 models, they have a different crown to your fork, yours would be a 03 model.

03 models were made in 02 and released onto the market in 02, that's why the production stamp would be 02.

Here's what a 2002 Marathon crown looks like:

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Just to confirm, the right side is the ecc5 lock out side right? and that is the side that gets more oil?
Looks like it is and yes that side does get more oil: https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/11301944/
 

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The 04 Marathon SL top caps, although I've never seen another 04 SL with them.
Yours looks like it would be a Marathon S, not a Marathon SL.

The S had gold knobs and ETA on the left leg.
The SL had black and red or black knobs and EEC on the right leg.

2004 Marathon S: https://www.marzocchi.com/support/forks/2016/2004-marathon-sl.aspx?idC=62354&idM=19030-416-416&idMy=29478&idP=18352-203&idS=29995

2004 Marathon SL: https://www.marzocchi.com/support/forks/2016/2004-marathon-sl.aspx?idC=62354&idM=19035-421-421&idMy=29478&idP=18345-205&idS=29995

* yumseyo there might be some useful info on that 2nd link.
 

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Yours looks like it would be a Marathon S, not a Marathon SL.

The S had gold knobs and ETA on the left leg.
The SL had black and red or black knobs and EEC on the right leg.

2004 Marathon S: https://www.marzocchi.com/support/forks/2016/2004-marathon-sl.aspx?idC=62354&idM=19030-416-416&idMy=29478&idP=18352-203&idS=29995

2004 Marathon SL: https://www.marzocchi.com/support/forks/2016/2004-marathon-sl.aspx?idC=62354&idM=19035-421-421&idMy=29478&idP=18345-205&idS=29995

* yumseyo there might be some useful info on that 2nd link.
Thanks for that. I'm happy it's the S with coils and not air. It's buttery smooth and is perfect hanging off the front of my singlespeed. Ten years ago I needed the best feeling and most reliable fork with canti post and this is close in my opinion.
 
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