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So I just received my chi-chi Enduro seals in the mail. I think the blue will look REAL good on my TALAS. However, I’m still a bit skeptical about tearing open a mechanism that costs more than what my first mountain bike did. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not mechanically inept, just a little nervous.
Since the TALAS has seen about 150 hours of use, I figured it’s time for an oil change as well. Everyone tells me it’s a piece of cake. We’ll see.
FYI, I’ve already scoured this board AND the Enduro site (great directions for the Vanilla there) AND the 2004 Fox owner’s manual. I think I’ve pieced together most of the things that I need to know, but I still have a few questions. I also have a few assumptions, and I’m hoping to check them all with you knowledgeable folks.


Seal Change:

• Is there anything I should know beyond what is explained re: the Vanilla on Chris’s site? I KNOW I shouldn’t take the top cap off of the TALAS side, yet I’m wondering how to get the lowers off with that little blow-off setting knob at the bottom of the damping (RLC) leg. The TALAS let has the nut and crush-washer, which is easy enough, but I have no idea how to deal with the side with the knob at the bottom. Please advise…


Oil Change:

• So do I put oil in the TALAS side? If so, WHERE and how much?

• How much oil should I put in the damping side? I’ve heard everything from 150-155-160 cc’s. What amount will least likely give me trouble? Do I put any in the lowers?

• I have some 5wt Finish Line synthetic fork oil. It’s a lovely red hue. I weigh 208#s. I’m also a lovely red hue. Given my weight, should I try to procure some 7.5wt, or can I tune the fork via air pressure, compression and rebound to get the right feel?


Well, I think that covers it. Please respond- I can’t wait to tear that sucker open.
Thank you,
 

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Not an expert on the TALAS, but I can answer some of your questions:
BurkeVT said:
I KNOW I shouldn?t take the top cap off of the TALAS side, yet I?m wondering how to get the lowers off with that little blow-off setting knob at the bottom of the damping (RLC) leg. The TALAS let has the nut and crush-washer, which is easy enough, but I have no idea how to deal with the side with the knob at the bottom. Please advise?
Loosen the 2mm hex screw, pull the knob off, and then follow the regular instructions for loosening the nut and draining the oil.

BurkeVT said:
So do I put oil in the TALAS side? If so, WHERE and how much?
Yes. 30cc (don't exceed as space is limited in the TALAS side). When you put the lowers back on the stanchions, invert the fork. start the lowers on the stanchions and befor the the TALAS shaft sticks through the bottom hole, inject the oil into the bottom hole. With the fork still inverted, push the lowers on until the shaft comes through the bottom hole. Install the crush washer and nut. You can hold the shaft with a screw driver (slot in bottom) while you torque the nut.

BurkeVT said:
How much oil should I put in the damping side? I?ve heard everything from 150-155-160 cc?s. What amount will least likely give me trouble? Do I put any in the lowers?
As long as you properly drain the damper, you should be able to go with the 155cc with no trouble. The damper side is open bath--the oil you pour into the top will be the same oil in the bottom....

BurkeVT said:
I have some 5wt Finish Line synthetic fork oil. It?s a lovely red hue. I weigh 208#s. I?m also a lovely red hue. Given my weight, should I try to procure some 7.5wt, or can I tune the fork via air pressure, compression and rebound to get the right feel?
Forget the lovely color. Go with 7.5 wt. (or 7.0 Maxima Fork Fluid is good).

Hope this helps. Most of this is in the manual, you just have to hunt for it.

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