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This might seem like a dumb question, but can anyone tell me what I'm supposed to find inside a 2002 Z1 Wedge when I unscrew the topcaps/adjustors for preload and rebound?

I bought this fork from a guy via mec (Mountain Equipment Co-op) classified for a very low price, and I'm wondering if it's complete. He shipped it drained of oil, which seemed reasonable to me, but when I got the package, the parts were just rattling around. Inside the box were two springs (with some red paint at the ends), two washers/bushings, two threaded topcaps, and the rest of the fork was assembled. When I look down into the legs from the crown, there's no sort of cartridge, pistons, anything. I thought this may be the simpler OEM version of the fork, but still, there's two top caps that both have a threaded bit pointing out of the bottom, but there's nothing for them to screw into: it seems that the washer/bushing things go at the bottom (they have a slightly smaller hole than the hole inside the lower leg of the fork, so I guess this is how the oil part works?), the springs on top, the topcaps screw in, and that's it. This doesn't seem right, because the topcaps can't possibly adjust anything as is: they're not attached to anything, and they don't screw in so far that they could possibly affect oil level or spring compression. I've yet to put oiI in it because I don't want to screw anything up. Is this all there is to my fork, am I missing parts, or is there something else going on?

Also, the guy left the bottom part of his headset on the fork, whick I thought I would just leave on and use, rather than reinstalling my own on there. Is there any possible problem with that? It doesn't seem to be scored or chipped or otherwise worn.

Thanks for your input, I've been doing a little work on my bike sometimes, but the inside of a fork is a little intimidating the first time! :confused:
 

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This might seem like a dumb question, but can anyone tell me what I'm supposed to find inside a 2002 Z1 Wedge when I unscrew the topcaps/adjustors for preload and rebound?

I bought this fork from a guy via mec (Mountain Equipment Co-op) classified for a very low price, and I'm wondering if it's complete. He shipped it drained of oil, which seemed reasonable to me, but when I got the package, the parts were just rattling around. Inside the box were two springs (with some red paint at the ends), two washers/bushings, two threaded topcaps, and the rest of the fork was assembled. When I look down into the legs from the crown, there's no sort of cartridge, pistons, anything. I thought this may be the simpler OEM version of the fork, but still, there's two top caps that both have a threaded bit pointing out of the bottom, but there's nothing for them to screw into: it seems that the washer/bushing things go at the bottom (they have a slightly smaller hole than the hole inside the lower leg of the fork, so I guess this is how the oil part works?), the springs on top, the topcaps screw in, and that's it. This doesn't seem right, because the topcaps can't possibly adjust anything as is: they're not attached to anything, and they don't screw in so far that they could possibly affect oil level or spring compression. I've yet to put oiI in it because I don't want to screw anything up. Is this all there is to my fork, am I missing parts, or is there something else going on?

Also, the guy left the bottom part of his headset on the fork, whick I thought I would just leave on and use, rather than reinstalling my own on there. Is there any possible problem with that? It doesn't seem to be scored or chipped or otherwise worn.

Thanks for your input, I've been doing a little work on my bike sometimes, but the inside of a fork is a little intimidating the first time! :confused:
Assembly: Add oil , install springs , preload washer, then top cap -it's that simple. The Wedge has ported dampners inside the fork. The top caps have a preload screw that contacts a washer that applies tension to the springs.
 

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Assembly: Add oil , install springs , preload washer, then top cap -it's that simple. The Wedge has ported dampners inside the fork. The top caps have a preload screw that contacts a washer that applies tension to the springs.
Thanks keen. I didn't think it could be that simple. Good thing I asked about the washers, I have them in the wrong place.

Damien
 
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