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I have a 1997 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro (green machine) that has seen some miles. The most pressing replacement is the original Judy XC (black and yellow) shock with 80mm of travel. Anyone have a suggestion for a very reasonable replacement? All riding is XC in the hills of central vermont. Thanks.
 

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I have a 1997 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro (green machine) that has seen some miles. The most pressing replacement is the original Judy XC (black and yellow) shock with 80mm of travel. Anyone have a suggestion for a very reasonable replacement? All riding is XC in the hills of central vermont. Thanks.
You'll want to stay around 80mm travel, maybe 100mm max. You'll need v-brake posts (I assume). Since the Rock Shox Tora Race/318 is no longer produced and a b!tch to find, I would recommend a Manitou Match

eDiscountBike has them for $233, plus free shipping
 

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definitely keep it to 80mm. I'm thinking your Judy may be only 63mm but it could be 80.
the problem with replacing an old Judy is that there aren't a lot of 80 mm forks available ( especially with brake bosses), and the reasonably priced ones are going to be a lot heavier than your Judy. They will perform better, but you may be adding a pound or more to your front end.
 

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When I replaced my Judy on my 1997 GT LTS, i hit fleabay for a used disc wheel, and put an Avid BB7 on the front. This gives you more modern brakes for not too much money, and opens up the fork market considerably.
 

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Thanks!

mtnbiker72 said:
I would add that through July 31st, new710 code gets you 25% your first purchase with them
Thank you for the tip and the discount code!:thumbsup:
 

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Anyone got a source for old judy elastomers? I have a '97 I'd like to keep going but the one elastomer is mush.
I'm assuming you need the ones about an inch long? What color are you looking for?
 

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Fork is a Judy SL. I pulled the right leg and all is fine... spring, plastic assembly, then elastomer about 3.5"- 4" long.

Pulled the right leg and I got spring, plastic, then about 1/2" of disintegrated elastomer. the rest is still in the tube, will have to get it out with wire, etc. I thought the elastomers were the same in R/L legs?

Color... man they are a kind of weird pink/orangish shade... prob not the original color, I would suspect. Got the old fork from my brother and he knows nothing about it, came from a friend with a bunch of other stuff. I figured a judy would be an upgrade from the Indy C on my 97 Big Sur, but maybe not!
 

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A little OT but I am just trying to clear out stuff I will never use and I have what I think is a 2001 Judy C well used and doesn't have rubber boots, doesn't leak and still works very well. What would a fair price for the fork be on CL? Thanks in advance
 

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I just replaced my '05 SID with a 199x Judy SL. The Judy tracks straight, carves better, doesn't bounce all over the place, doesn't throw you into poison oak when you're going 5 mph, doesn't leak, doesn't need rebuilding every 5 miles, may be lighter, will likely keep me out of the ER and I think looks better than a POS SID.

I may have to hit up one of those $300 NOS Judy's on ebay.
 

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A little OT but I am just trying to clear out stuff I will never use and I have what I think is a 2001 Judy C well used and doesn't have rubber boots, doesn't leak and still works very well. What would a fair price for the fork be on CL? Thanks in advance
If you stick it on eBay it will almost certainly get over $50... I've been watching alot of auctions lately.
 

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If you stick it on eBay it will almost certainly get over $50... I've been watching alot of auctions lately.
Same here. Pricing for new forks is kind of out there IMO. Was thinking about replacing my Z2 BAM with a Fox, leaning toward sending it off for a proper rebuild instead.
 

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Originally Posted by wv_bob
Same here. Pricing for new forks is kind of out there IMO. Was thinking about replacing my Z2 BAM with a Fox, leaning toward sending it off for a proper rebuild instead.
i have kinda the same dilemma...

the manitou mars off my old stumpy is shot & looking for a replacement has turned into a nightmare. $ are tight right now & all the suspension forks in my price range weigh a ton. i was about to go rigid (man that sounds pervy) but couldnt bring myself to do it. i talked to a guy out @ hippietech bout rebuilding the mars but that didnt seem like such a great idea either. in fact i am ready to list it on fleabay for parts.

ive been using the fox off my other sj but now i want to ride that & am already sick of swapping 1 fork between 2 bikes.

what the hell am i gonna do? open to suggestions...
 
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