Step 16: Back out the compression damper all the
way to allow open oil flow between the reservoir
and the body.
Step 17: Fill the reservoir halfway and make sure oil
is flowing into the body.*You will not see oil flow right away. Keep in mind that
the compression damper is designed for forced oil flow,
so let the shock sit for a few minutes. If no oil is flowing,
you may have a damaged damper.
Step 18: Install the valve cap, and install the reservoir
cap and bladder. You want to see the reservoir overflow,
as this forces air from the reservoir
Remove the valve cap and install the reservoir
cap tool. Force the reservoir cap down far enough
to expose the circlip groove.
Install the circlip, reinstall the reservoir cap tool, and
pull the cap up to the circlip.
Remove the reservoir tool and install the valve stem.
Using a low-pressure pump, fill the bladder to around 40 to 60 PSI. This will seat the reservoir cap to the
circlip, as well as force oil into the shock body.
Step 19: Fill the shock body halfway with oil.
Step 20: Install the shock shaft, working it up and
down to remove any trapped air. As you go,
continue filling the shock body with oil.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SEAT THE SEAL HEAD!
Step 22: Release the pressure from the reservoir
bladder and remove the valve stem. This will allow
the bladder to compress, making room for the
Step 23: Using your seal head setting tool, pound
the seal head into the shaft body just enough for
the circlip groove to be exposed.
Install the circlip and valve stem.
Step 24: Inflate the bladder to 40 to 60 PSI to
seat the seal head against the circlip.
Step 25: Pump the shock shaft and check for any
obvious leaks at the seal head and reservoir.
Step 26: Install the shock body cap. Hammer lightly
around the edge of the cap, so it seats evenly.*The punch holes in the cap also act as weep holes so
you can check for slow leaks in the future.
Let the shock sit for a while, then come back and
test the action again while checking for leaks.
Step 27: Install the spring, plate, and circlip. Tighten the preload adjustment nut, and fill with 150 – 200 PSI of NITROGEN!*You will need to go to a shop for the nitrogen.
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