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How can I top the oil up on my 2004 manitou coil swinger 3-way?

I don't have time to send it in to answer, I want to ride next weekend.

Which oil and how much?


If you want to know how it got this way here's what happened: I accidently ( when playing with adjusting the spring with the shock off the bike ) unscrewed 3 or 4 threads of the piston, didn't notice, then sat on the bike and a lot of oil dripped out before I noticed. I then tightened the threads back up, but the rebound dampening is not really there now because there is not enough oil.

I downloaded manitou shock manual but it doesn't say how to top up the oil or what oil to use, but does have a lot of detailed instructions on bleeding the shock.
 

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please somebody help me. I know someone out there has the answer.
 
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I was under the impression that you couldn't change the oil on a rear shock, as they weren't user servicable except for the seals. I know thats true on FOX and 5th element type shocks, maybe manitou's are a bit more user servicable. Sorry I can't help anymore.
 

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I think you have to go the long route with it, it has a piston that separates the oil from the air charge. The spv piston probably moved up as the oil leaked out. You probably have to set that piston at a certain distance then fill with oil using the "under oil" method. I did my 4-way air using the bleed directions and it is fine. I used 5-wt. Dump the spv air charge before cracking it open. Have at it!
 

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thanks that gives me a bit of confidence. can you describe the "under oil" method?
 

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Its just making sure there is no air when installing the damper cap or top nut. One puts the damper together using oil in a container large enough to put the whole damper body into. It is described in the manual.
 
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