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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:16 am 
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I have just got a pair of Vector 2 forks from ebay. They were the silver ones that were not quite right if anyone was watching.

Got the damper unit sorted, that was not too much of a puzzle, but I have noticed that two of the 'top hat' pivot bushes appear to have the silicone washers on the inside missing.

As all these washers seem to do is keep mud, dust and other high speed detritus from the bearings, I can easily replace them with O rings, but a close up photo of the pivots or just confirmation that there should be washers on the inside of all four top hats would be useful.

I'd be grateful for any info.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:34 pm 
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Location: Scotland!!!!!! Yay, at last, only 4 years waiting!
I'm sure there's a guy on ebay (US) that sells kits of plastic washers/bushes or whatever they're called for Vectors for about £10 plus postage


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:19 pm 
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Cool! I'll go and take a look.

EDIT: Thought I'd add a link, but watch the postage, advert say $14.99 and they are currently trying to charge me $105 :shock:


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... TM:US:1123


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:33 pm 
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You mean the black 'washers' you can see in this pic? They would be necessary to stop metal on metal wear, and take up a little play. Not sure O-rings would be suitable as these washers are quite hard.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:47 pm 
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apache wrote:
You mean the black 'washers' you can see in this pic? They would be necessary to stop metal on metal wear, and take up a little play. Not sure O-rings would be suitable as these washers are quite hard.

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The V2 is slightly different, but what I am talking about are the washers that in this picture are between the narrow end of the top hat bush and the stem.

I appear to have one missing from the top and one from the bottom, but I have just ordered a couple of the kits that D-C suggested, as there appear to be a number of the washers / O rings fitted to most of the linkages.

In the meantime, I can get busy polishing...... after I've finished the OH's Marin.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:57 pm 
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They respond well to a polish! :)

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:59 pm 
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Mmmmm shiiinneeeeeyyy.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Further update on the Girvin seal kit.

Despite the listing stating that shipping to Europe is $14.99, they ended up cancelling my order, as the invoice showed shipping at $104.

I sent them a cut'n'paste of their listing, but it didn't seem to have any effect.

So, O rings and lube it is then.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:20 pm 
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I used to cut up hosepipe very thinly as a temporary (but quite effective!) measure :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:50 pm 
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Neil,
there's a proflex site

http://idriders.com/proflex/smf/index.php?board=1.0

There's members all over, including US who would be happy to post you a kit. There's also a UK member called Colin who I've had kits off for my XP-X.

You will get sorted there. Forks look great btw, interesting shock


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