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 Post subject: Manitou Comp Overhaul
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:07 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Just re-laced my early 90's Manitou Comps with new Elastomers, Top and lower rebounds from SuspensionForks.Com. What a treat, like new!,


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:18 pm 
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What's the bike? Do you have a full STX special edition groupset on that? Marin?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:01 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Sam, Full STX SE laced onto Marin Bear Valey SE 1994, original spec, added Manitou Comps, XTR Pedals and BB, Best bike ever owned, still selects every gear. Photos to follow


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:04 am 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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MarinGaz wrote:
Photos to follow


Look forward to seeing them,

Gonna make them smaller ? :lol: :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:11 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Nice, I assume you meant www.suspensionforkparts.com.

I need elastomers for my Manitou 4s,
I see the refresh kit is $45, what was the shipping charge for you?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:25 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Location: In the Woods. . .
pretty sure I still have a NOS set of Answer elastomers for some of these somewhere (nothing for th 4/3/2/1/efc left though).
PM me if there are any comp owners needing a freshen up . .


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 Post subject: Comp disassembly
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:09 am 
Dirt Disciple
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How the heck did you get these things apart? I'm trying to separate the lowers from the uppers. They almost come apart but are hanging up just beneath the main seals. Don't want to pull so hard I damage something... Suggestions? :?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Breakdown...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:02 am 
Dirt Disciple
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I sorted it out.

There was enough grime on the wiper seals at the top of each leg, that I didn't notice the retaining rings, they blended right into the seals. Put on the cheaters and there they were.:roll:

There's a small angle on one end of each retaining ring; big enough to allow a pick or small screwdriver to get in there and pry the ring loose. Once that's done it all pulls apart.... :D


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:00 pm 
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QQ please

Have the manitou 4 have stripped and looking at the elastomers I cant decide if they are reuseable or not. Lookinging at them they are buldged in the middle and wondered if they had compressed to much, so the question is what is the free length when new?


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:25 pm 
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Sounds like what mine where like when I re-built them.

Just get new elastomers, the forks will be as new and so different to now.


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