Retro Spud wrote:
The rear was a different story each leg returned so slowly it was almost painful, upon inspection all but one of the “top out” and “bottom out” elastomers had all turned to a thick highly sticky red goo which took well over 4 hrs to clean out
How did you do to clean the inside of the legs ?
I have a couple of Manitou (1 & 2) with the same issue and did not find yet an efficient way to remove that shit .. any tips are welcome !
To be honest it was a horrid afternoon.
I removed as much as possible with a left over length of architectural wooden beading but to clean all the residue out I needed help….
I got a long shanked screw driver and using electrical tape mounted a tooth brush onto it and with the help on white spirit set about the task, all was working well until the white spirit dissolved the glue on the tape.
The mark two version saw a new (hard) tooth brush liberated from the bathroom cabinet lashed to the screw driver with carpet tape and the re-enforced with a few small zip ties, worked a treat in conjunction with more white spirit. To get the cack off the bottom I just used the “muslin cloth” you use to Tecut cars and wrapped it around a length of wooden beading.
Wish it was more hi-tech….
On a side note, my FS frame was built only 6 weeks after yours (mid-May) and its s/n is over 1,100 (don't remember exactly). I'm wondering how many of them they were producing per month at that time ...?
I guess once they tooled up, the factory was able to churn them out at a rapid rate of knots, must confess it would be great to find a Manitou version of Yeti’s “Frank the Welder” who could give us the low down.