WTB FLOAT 100R User's Manual

2002 FOX FORX Owners Manual
FLOAT 80R - FLOAT 80RL - FLOAT 80RLC
FLOAT 100R - FLOAT 100RL - FLOAT100RLC
Vanilla 100R - Vanilla 100RL - Vanilla 100RLC
Vanilla 125R - Vanilla 125RL - Vanilla 125RLC
FOX RACING SHOX
130 Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076
831.768.1100 FAX 831.768.9342
E-Mail: service@foxracingshox.com
Website: www.foxracingshox.com
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FLOAT Forx Features
One-piece Magnesium Lower Leg
Double butted Aluminum Steerer
PSC - Precision Steering Control
CLS - Coil Lubrication System
SDC - Shimmed Damping Control
Rebound Adjustment
FLOAT Air Spring Technology
Adjustable Travel- 80&100mm
Vanilla Forx Features
One-piece Magnesium Lower Leg
Double butted Aluminum Steerer
PSC - Precision Steering Control
CLS - Coil Lubrication System
SDC - Shimmed Damping Control
Rebound Adjustment
Vanilla Coil Spring Technology
Adjustable Travel - 80, 100 &125mm
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Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................. 4
Contact Information ..................................................... 4
Service / Warranty ....................................................... 4
International Service Centers ....................................... 4
Warranty Policy ........................................................... 5
Methods of Payment ................................................... 5
Method of Shipping ..................................................... 5
Disclaimer ................................................................... 5
Consumer Safety ........................................................ 5
Important Safety Information ........................................ 6
Installation .................................................................. 6
Tire Sizes ................................................................... 7
Brakes ........................................................................ 7
Maintenance ............................................................... 7
Service Intervals .......................................................... 8
Pump
.................................................................... 8
General Set-Up Instructions ......................................... 9
Fork Terminology ........................................................ 9
Sag & Spring Tuning
Vanilla Forx .................................................. 9
FLOAT Forx ............................................... 10
Damping Adjustment Guidelines ................................ 11
Changing Travel
FLOAT Forx ............................................... 12
Vanilla Forx ................................................ 13
Changing Oil ............................................................. 14
Seals and Foam Rings .............................................. 16
International Versions
Français ..................................................................
Italiano ..................................................................
Deutsch ..................................................................
Español ..................................................................
Japanese .................................................................
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Introduction
Congratulations on choosing FOX FORX for your bicycle. In doing so, you have chosen the best suspension fork in the
industry! All FOX Racing Shox products are designed, manufactured and assembled by the finest professionals in the
industry. As a consumer and supporter of FOX Racing Shox products, you need to be aware of the importance of setting
up your fork correctly to ensure maximum performance. This manual will provide you with the step-by-step instructions of
how to set up your fork. It is a good idea to keep your receipts with this manual and refer to it for service and warranty
issues.
Contact Information
FOX Racing Shox
130 Hangar Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831.768.1100
North America: 800.369.7469
Fax: 831.738.9312
E-mail:service@foxracingshox.com
Website: www.foxracingshox.com
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM Pacific Time
Service / Warranty
FOX Racing Shox is pleased to offer 48-hour* turnaround for product service, provided the following steps are taken.
1. Contact FOX Racing Shox at 800.FOX.SHOX to obtain a Return Authorization (R.A.) Number and shipping address.
For International Service Centers, please refer to the list below or contact FOX Racing Shox to determine the Service
Center nearest you.
2. Satisfactory proof of purchase receipt is required for warranty consideration.
3. Mark the Return Authorization Number and the Return Address clearly on the outside of the package and send item
to FOX Racing Shox or your International Service Center with shipping charges pre-paid by sender.
4. Include a description of the problem, bicycle information (manufacturer, year and model), type of FOX product,
spring rate and return address with daytime phone number.
*International Service Centers operate independently. Service and Warranty turnaround times may vary.
International Service C enters
C ountry
Name
Phone Number
E-mai l
Australi a
D i rt Works
612-9679-8400
di rtworks@di rtworks.com.au
Belgi um
Sabma
087-631980
sabma@skynet.be
Brazi l
Pli max 2 Fast
5511-251-0633
Pli max@nw.com.br
C anada West
C ycle Works
780-440-3200
mai l@cycleworks.com
C anada East
Velo C ycle
514-849-5299
i nfo@velocycle.com
France
F.M.F. France
33-494-54-1950
fmfsportgroup@wanadoo.fr
Germany
Shock Therapy
49-6126-22677-00
support@shock-therapy.com
Italy
Pepi Innerhofer
39-0473-56-3107
i nfo@pepi .i t
Ja p a n
Mom & Pop's
81-586-43-6810
mamapapa@mtg.bi globe.ne.jp
New Zealand
Blue Shark Ent.
64-4589-4535
alastai r@mountai nbi kes.co.nz
S pai n
D i rt Raci ng
34-91-663-71-25
mrojo.di rt@nexo.es
Swi tzerland
FOX Raci ng Euro
41-31-809-3020
frs-europe@bluewi n.ch
Uni ted Ki ngdom
Mojo Suspensi on
44-1633-615-815
chri s.porter@vi rgi n.net
Uni ted States
FOX Raci ng Shox
831.768.1100
servi ce@foxraci ngshox.com
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Warranty Policy
The factory warranty period for your fork is one year from the original date of purchase of the bicycle or fork. A copy of the
original purchase receipt must accompany any fork being considered for warranty service. Warranty is at the full discretion of FOX Racing Shox and will cover only defective materials and workmanship.
This warranty is void when damage to the fork has occurred from the following:
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Abuse
Seal damage due to power washing
Damage to the exterior finish caused by improper cable routing, rocks, crashes, dents
Any attempt to disassemble damper assembly
Modifications
Non-Factory oil use or improper service
Shipping damages or loss (purchase of full value insurance is recommended)
To ensure peak performance, repairs and service to the fork must be performed by FOX Racing Shox in the USA or
outside the USA by a FOX Racing Shox Authorized Service Center.
FOX Racing Shox reserves the right to all final warranty or non-warranty decisions.
Method of Payment
Visa, MasterCard and/or Cashier’s Check
Method of Shipping
FOX Racing Shox uses UPS Ground service within the USA.
Disclaimer
FOX Racing Shox is not responsible for any damages to you or others arising from riding, transporting, or other use of
your fork or bicycle. In the event that your fork breaks or malfunctions, FOX Racing Shox shall have no liability or
obligation beyond the repair or replacement of your fork, pursuant to the terms outlined in the Service and Warranty
provisions of this Manual.
Consumer Safety
RIDING A BICYCLE IS DANGEROUS AND CAN RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY. TAKE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS SERIOUSLY.
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Maintain your bicycle and suspension
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Always wear a helmet, protective clothing and eye protection
Ride within your limits
Tread lightly
Your bike is equipped with FOX Racing Shox suspension. Before riding, take the time to read the FOX Racing Shox
manual on setup, use, and service of your fork. If you have questions, call your Authorized FOX Racing Shox Service
Center or call FOX Racing Shox directly at 831.768.1100.
If your fork ever loses oil, or if it makes unusual noise, stop riding immediately and have the fork inspected by a dealer,
Service Center or contact FOX Racing Shox. RIDING WITH A BROKEN OR MALFUNCTIONING FORK CAN RESULT IN
LOSS OF CONTROL, CRASHING, AND POSSIBLE DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
Never modify your bike frame or fork. Only use genuine FOX Racing Shox parts for your fork. Any modification, improper
service, or use of after-market replacement parts will void the warranty and could damage the fork or cause loss of control
of the bike resulting in serious injury or death.
Follow the scheduled service recommendations in this manual. Always have your fork serviced by a qualified bicycle
mechanic, dealer or Authorized FOX Racing Shox Service Center.
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Important Safety Information
1. Verify that the brakes are installed and adjusted properly before riding the bicycle. Improperly installed or adjusted
brakes can cause loss of control and serious or fatal injuries to the rider. Use only “V” - style or hydraulic cantilever
brakes or disc brakes designed by the manufacturer for use on FOX FORX. Do not use brace mounted cable leverage
devices. Do not route brake cables or housing through the stem.
2. If your fork loses oil, tops out excessively or makes unusual noises, immediately stop riding and contact FOX Racing
Shox or an Authorized FOX Racing Shox Service Center for inspection. Continued use of the fork could cause loss of
control and serious or fatal injuries.
3. Use only FOX Racing Shox replacement parts. Using aftermarket parts on FOX FORX will void the warranty.
Aftermarket replacement parts could also cause structural failure resulting in loss of control and serious or fatal
injuries.
4. If mounting the bicycle in a carrier designed to hold a fork by its drop-outs, use caution to not tilt the bicycle to either
side. Tilting the bike with the drop-outs in the carrier can cause structural damage to the fork. Ensure that the fork is
fastened securely with the quick release and that the rear wheel is properly held. If the bicycle ever tilts or falls from a
bicycle carrier, do not ride it until it is examined by a qualified dealer, Service Center or FOX Racing Shox. A fork leg or
drop-out failure could cause loss of control and serious or fatal injuries.
5. FOX FORX do not include reflectors for on-road use. FOX FORX are designed to be used in competitive off-road riding
and racing. Proper reflectors meeting the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) requirements should be installed
if the fork will be used on public roads.
6. FOX FORX have a crown / steerer / upper tube assembly. These parts are pressed together in a one-time,
precision press-fit operation. Replacement of any of these parts requires a complete new assembly. Do not
attempt to remove or replace the steerer or upper tubes independently of the crown. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
ADD THREADS TO THREADLESS STEERERS. Modifying the crown / steerer / upper tube assembly as described here could cause the rider to lose control of the bicycle resulting in serious or fatal injuries.
Installation
Step 1 - Your FOX FORX should be installed by a qualified bicycle mechanic. Forks installed improperly are dangerous
and can cause loss of control and serious or fatal injuries.
Step 2 - Remove existing fork from the bicycle. Remove the crown race from the fork. Measure the steerer tube length
of the existing fork. Transfer this measurement to the FOX FORX steerer. Refer to stem manufacturer’s
instructions to be sure there will be enough clamping surface for the stem. If it is necessary to cut the
steerer tube, measure twice and cut once. It is also recommended that a cutting guide be used while cutting
the steerer tube.
Step 3 - Use a crown race setter to install the crown race firmly against the top of the crown. Install the star fangled
nut in the steerer tube. This should be done with a star fangled nut installation tool.
Step 4 - Install the fork on the bicycle. The headset should be adjusted so it turns freely without drag or free play.
Step 5 - Re-install the brakes and adjust the brake pads. Refer to the brake manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 6 - Mount the front wheel being sure that the quick release nuts sit in the fork drop-out counter bores. The quick
release should engage four (4) or more threads. Close the quick release with the lever in front of and
parallel to the left fork leg.
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Tire Sizes
FOX FORX will accept tires sizes up to 2.40 inches wide (e.g. WTB
MotoRaptor 55/60, 26 x 2.40). Any tire larger than 26 x 2.30 must be
checked for clearance by the following method.
Determining Tire Size - With the tire installed and inflated on the
rim, measure the following three
dimensions.
Maximum Peak Tire Diameter = 343mm = 27.00 inch
Maximum Edge Tire Diameter = 326mm = 25.67 inch
Maximum Tire Width
= 61mm = 2.40 inch
Maximum
Peak Tire
Diameter
Maximum
Edge Tire
Diameter
Do not use a tire if ANY measurement exceeds the maximum
dimensions shown above. Using tires larger than the dimensions
shown above is NOT RECOMMENDED and can cause serious
or fatal injury.
Brakes
Linear-pull Brakes
Maximum
Tire Width
Linear-pull brakes (i.e. V-brakes) can be used on FOX FORX. Use only the FOX brake posts supplied with the fork.
Install brake posts and torque to 80 in-lbs. Install and adjust linear-pull brakes according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Test brakes for proper operation on flat land. FOX FORX use a hangerless lower leg design and cannot
use any cantilever style brakes.
Disc Brakes
Disc brakes with 160-180mm rotors can be used on FOX FORX. Do not use DH rotors larger than 180mm. Install
disc brakes and torque all fasteners according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Install, route and check that all
cables or hydraulic hoses are securely fastened to the lower leg and will not move during compression of the fork. Test
brakes for proper operation on flat land.
Maintenance
Performance, safety and the life-span of your FOX FORX depend on maintenance. If you ride in extreme conditions,
service and maintain your FOX FORX more frequently.
NOTE: In this manual, reference being made to the left and right side of the fork is from the seated rider’s perspective.
Important Check Before Every Ride
1. Check that quick release skewer is properly adjusted and tight.
2. Clean the outside of your fork with soap and water and wipe dry with a soft dry rag. Do not spray water directly
on the Seal/Uppertube junction. DO NOT USE A HIGH PRESSURE WASHER ON YOUR FORK.
3. Inspect entire exterior of fork for damage. The fork should not be used if any of the exterior parts appear to be
damaged. Please contact your local dealer or FOX Racing Shox for further inspection and repair.
4. Check headset adjustment. Adjust headset if loose according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
5. Check that brake cables or hoses are properly fastened.
6. Check that the front and rear brakes operate properly on flat land.
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Service Intervals
Your FOX FORX will perform best if serviced at the regular intervals shown below.
After Each
Ride
Item
Wash and Dry Exterior of Fork
Every 25
Hours
Every 100
Hours
Annually
X
Clean Fork Seals & Inspect /
Lube Foam Rings
Instructions
found on:
page 7
X
Clean and Refill FLOAT Fluid in
Air Chamber (FLOAT Forx Only)
page 16
X
page 15
Bushing Wear Inspection
X
page 14
Change Fork Oil
X
page 14
Required Tools and Supplies
Safety Glasses
Bucket or Drain Pan
Paper towels and/or rags
Plastic Faced Mallet
Torque Wrench
FOX Suspension Fluid
FOX FLOAT Fluid
FOX High Pressure Air Pump
26mm 6 point socket
10mm open-end or socket wrench
8mm Crawfoot socket wrench
3/8” Deep socket wrench
Schrader valve core wrench
2mm Hex-key wrench
1.5mm Hex-key wrench
Torque Setting
n/a
n/a
Used for:
Protecting Eyes
Changing Oil / Travel
Absorbing oils & fluids
n/a
Tap loose bottom shafts
n/a
Torque fasteners
n/a
Travel change (FLOAT Forx)
Oil change (All Forx)
n/a
Travel & Oil change (FLOAT Forx)
n/a
Setting air pressure (FLOAT Forx)
165 in-lbs (1864 N-cm)
All Topcaps
50 in-lbs (565 N-cm)
All Bottom Nuts
80 in-lbs (904 N-cm)
Brake Posts
75 in-lbs (847 N-cm)
Air Tank Valve ( FLOAT Forx)
4 in-lbs (45 N-cm)
Schrader Valve Core (FLOAT Forx)
11 in-lbs (124 N-cm)
Rebound Knob (R, RL, RLC)
4 in-lbs (45 N-cm)
Blow-off Threshold Knob (RLC)
Seated, back-off 1/4 turn Lockout Lever (RL, RLC)
Pump
A FOX high pressure air pump is available for FLOAT Forx. It is used to make changes in air pressure on your fork.
1. Remove the air topcap from the top of the left fork leg.
2. Thread the pump’s valve chuck onto the fork’s air-valve until pressure registers on the pump gauge. This takes
approximately 6 turns. Do not over-tighten pump on air-valve as this will damage the pump chuck seal.
3. To increase the pressure, stroke the pump a few cycles. The pressure should increase slowly. If pressure increases
rapidly check to make sure the pump is properly fitted and tightened onto the air valve.
Note: If the fork has no air pressure, the gauge will not register pressure.
4. To decrease the pressure push the black bleed-valve. Pushing the bleed-valve halfway down, and holding it there,
will allow pressure to escape from the pump and fork. Pushing the bleed-valve all the way down and releasing it
will release a small amount of pressure (micro-adjust). When unthreading the pump from the air-valve fitting,
the sound of the air loss is from the pump hose, not the fork itself.
Note: When attaching the pump to the fork, the hose will need to fill with air. This will result in a lower pressure
registering approximately 10 to 20 PSI on the gauge.
Note: Average setting range is from 45 to 125 PSI. DO NOT EXCEED 200 PSI.
5. Replace the air topcap before riding.
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General Set-Up Instructions
Fork Terminology
Travel: The total amount the fork compresses.
Sag: The amount the fork compresses with the rider sitting on the bike in a normal riding position.
Compression Damping: This controls the rate at which the fork compresses
Rebound Damping: This controls the rate at which the fork extends.
Preload: The initial force place on a spring.
Spring Rate: The amount of force required to compress a spring one inch.
FLOAT: This is FOX air spring technology.
Vanilla: This is FOX coil spring technology.
Vanilla Forx
Setting Sag on Vanilla Forx
To get the best performance from your FOX Vanilla fork, it is necessary to set and adjust sag. Sag is how much the
fork compresses or “sags” when the rider sits on the bicycle. Generally, this is 15-25% of the total travel.
Measuring and adjusting sag
1. Install a zip tie on the upper tube and push it down until it contacts the fork seal. Carefully sit on
the bike and assume a normal riding position. The fork should compress slightly. Being careful
not to further compress the fork, dismount the bicycle. Measure the distance between the seal
and the zip tie. This distance is the sag.
2. Compare your sag measurement to the table.
If your sag is lower than on the table, turn the preload knob counter-clockwise one (1) full
turn. Measure sag again and repeat adjustment if necessary.
If your sag is higher than on the table, turn the preload
knob clockwise one (1) full turn. Measure sag again and
repeat adjustment if necessary.
Vanilla Forx Sag Table
Travel
S ag
If correct sag cannot be achieved by adjusting the preload knob,
80mm
16mm ( 5/8")
see the Spring Tuning Guide below.
100mm
20mm (13/16")
Spring Tuning on Vanilla Forx
Read the Vanilla Spring Tuning Guide chart below to see if you need to change your
125mm
25mm (1")
spring rate. Vanilla Forx are tuned by changing only the left side coil spring.
The coil spring has a painted color code stripe on one end of the spring.
Refer to the chart to select the optimum spring.
Vanilla Forx Spring Chart
Vanilla Spring Tuning Guide
Spring
Color
Travel
FOX Part #
Notes
Rate
C ode
Range
Symptom
Do the follow ing:
Measured sag is too low
and Preload Knob is
adjusted fully counterclockwise.
Increase spring rate
Excessive bottoming of
travel during riding.
Increase spring rate
Measured sag is too high
and Preload Knob is
adjusted fully clockwise.
Decrease spring rate
Ride is too harsh and
never use full travel.
Decrease spring rate
039-05-000-A
10 lb/in
Black
80-100-125
039-05-007-A
18 lb/in
Purple
80-100-125
039-05-001-A
25 lb/in
Blue
80-100-125
Standard on
Vanilla 125
039-05-002-A
35 lb/in
Green
80-100-125
Standard on
Vanilla 100
039-05-003-A
45 lb/in
Yellow
80-100-125
Standard for
80mm travel
039-05-004-A
60 lb/in
Orange
80-100 only
039-05-005-A
75 lb/in
Red
80-100 only
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Changing your Coil Spring
1. With a 26mm 6-point socket wrench, loosen and remove the preload topcap. Remove the black spring spacers
(two spacers for 125mm travel, 1 for 100mm travel, none for 80mm travel). Compress the fork slightly and remove
the coil spring. You may need to firmly pull up on the spring to disengage it from the plunger shaft. Wipe the spring
dry with a rag and check the color code.
2. Install the new spring by dropping it into the upper tube. Install the spacer(s). Install and torque the topcap to 165
in-lbs (1864 N-cm).
3. Measure and adjust sag as described on page 10. Happy Trails!
FLOAT Forx
Setting Sag on FLOAT Forx
To get the best performance from your FOX FLOAT fork, it is necessary to set and adjust sag. Sag is how much the
fork compresses or “sags” when the rider sits on the bicycle. Generally, this is 15-25% of the total travel.
Measuring and adjusting sag
1. Install a zip tie on the upper tube and push it down until it contacts the fork seal. Carefully sit on
the bike and assume a normal riding position. The fork should compress slightly. Being careful
not to further compress the fork, dismount the bicycle. Measure the distance between the seal
and the zip tie. This distance is the sag.
2. Compare your sag measurement to the table.
If your sag is lower than on the table, remove the air topcap, screw on the FOX High
Pressure Air Pump fitting, note the current air pressure setting and depress the black
bleed-valve to reduce the gauge pressure by 5 psi. Measure sag again and repeat
adjustment if necessary.
FLOAT Forx Sag Table
If your sag is higher than on the table,
remove the air topcap, screw on the FOX High
Pressure Air Pump fitting, note the current air
pressure setting and pump to increase the gauge
pressure by 5 psi. Measure sag again and repeat
adjustment if necessary.
TRAVEL
XC/Race
Firm
Freeride
Plush
80mm
12mm
(1/2")
20mm
(13/16")
100mm
15mm
(9/16")
25mm
(1")
Air Spring Tuning on FLOAT Forx
Read the FLOAT Air Spring Tuning Guide chart below to see if you need to change your air pressure. FLOAT Forx are
tuned by changing air pressure at the left topcap. (See page 8 for instructions for the FOX High Pressure Air Pump)
FLOAT Air Spring Tuning Guide
Symptom
Do the follow ing:
Measured sag is too
low.
Increase air
pressure by 5 psi
Excessive bottoming
of travel of travel
during riding.
Increase air
pressure by 5 psi
Measured sag is too
high.
Decrease air
pressure by 5 psi
Ride is too harsh and
never use full travel.
Decrease air
pressure by 5 psi
FLOAT Air Spring Guidelines
Rider Weight
Air Pressure
Under 125 lbs
4 5 p si
125 - 135 lbs
5 0 p si
135 - 145 lbs
5 5 p si
145 - 155 lbs
6 5 p si
155 - 170 lbs
7 5 p si
170 - 185 lbs
8 5 p si
185 - 200 lbs
9 5 p si
200 - 215 lbs
1 0 5 p si
215 - 230 lbs
115 psi
230 - 250 lbs
1 2 5 p si
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Damping Adjustment Guidelines
Rebound Adjustment (R, RL, RLC)
FOX FORX feature a rebound adjuster. This allows the rider to control the
speed at which the fork extends after compression. The Rebound Adjustment
Knob is the red knob located on top of the right fork leg. Turn it clockwise for
slower rebound and counter-clockwise for faster rebound. There are 12 clicks
of adjustment in the full range of motion. The proper rebound setting is a
personal preference and varies depending upon spring preload, spring rate
and riding style. Rebound should be as fast as possible without kicking back. If
the rebound is too slow the suspension will not function properly and the wheel
will not follow the changing terrain. Determining the proper rebound setting
may take a few rides to fine tune. On those first few rides adjust the rebound and
note the different ride characteristics. Your rebound adjustment may change for
different riding conditions. As a starting point for tuning your rebound adjustment,
turn the rebound adjuster knob all the way clockwise until it stops, then turn
counter-clockwise 6 clicks.
R
Compression Lock-out Lever (RL, RLC)
The blue compression lock-out lever is located below the red rebound
adjuster knob. It allows the rider to close the compression damping in the
fork. This keeps the fork at the top of its travel and it will be hard to compress. The fork is said to be “locked-out” in this position. Rotate the lever
clockwise to the six o’clock position to achieve lock-out. This position is
useful in climbing and sprinting situations. The fork will “blow-off” in the
event that a big hit is encountered with the fork locked-out. To unlock the
fork, simply rotate the lever counter-clockwise to the three o’clock position.
This puts the cartridge in “open” mode and you will have normal compression damping. The lock-out lever will rotate past the three o’clock position.
This is normal and does not affect performance.
Note: The fork may cycle a couple times after activating the lock-out. Once
complete lock-out is achieved, the fork may continue to move 3-5mm. This
is normal and does not affect performance.
RL
Compression Adjustment (RLC Only)
Low-speed compression damping is adjusted with the blue bezel ring below
the blue lockout lever. Compression damping controls the quickness with
which the fork moves through its travel. Rotate the bezel clockwise for slower
(harder) compression and counter-clockwise for faster (easier) compression.
There are 9 clicks of adjustment. The proper setting is a personal preference
and varies depending on your weight and riding style. Determining the proper
compression setting may take a few rides to fine tune. On those first few rides
adjust the compression and note the different ride characteristics. Your
compression damping setting may change with different riding conditions. As a
starting point for tuning your compression, turn the bezel clockwise until it
stops, the back off 5 clicks.
RLC
Blow-off Threshold Adjustment (RLC Only)
FLOAT RLC and Vanilla RLC feature Blow-off Threshold
Adjustment capabilities. It is adjusted with the blue knob
located at the bottom of the right fork leg. This gives the rider
the ability to adjust the force required to cause the fork to
blow-off when it is in the locked-out position. Turn the knob
clockwise to make it harder to blow-off and counter-clockwise
to make it easier. There are twelve (12) clicks of adjustment in
the full range of motion. As a starting point for tuning your
blow-off threshold, turn the knob all the way clockwise until it
stops, then back off one click.
RLC
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Changing Travel - FLOAT Forx
FOX FORX travel can be changed by rearranging the travel spacers as shown in the drawings below. After changing
travel check the fork for proper operation before riding. If there is free movement in the fork or if it makes strange
noises disassemble the fork and check for complete number and correct orientation of spacers.
Step 1 - Remove the blue air cap from the top of the left fork leg. Let the air out of the fork. Refer to Pump Instructions
for details about letting the air out with a pump. Remove left top cap with a 26mm socket 6-point socket
wrench.
Step 2 - Loosen the bottom nut 3-4 turns with a 10mm wrench. With a plastic mallet, gently tap the bottom of the shaft
to disengage it from the lower leg. Allow oil to drain into a bucket. Remove the bottom nut and crush washer.
Step 3 - Compress the fork as much as possible. The air piston will be visible about one inch below the top of the
upper tube. Push the bottom of the shaft upwards to push the air piston out of the top of the upper tube. If
necessary, use a small screwdriver to push the bottom of the shaft up through the hole in the bottom of the
lower leg.
Step 4 - Pull the air-shaft assembly from the fork. Refer to the drawings below and add or remove the appropriate
spacer(s) to achieve the desired travel. NOTE: FLOAT FORX can be configured for 80 or 100mm of travel. Do
not exceed 100mm of travel. Spacers snap on to the air shaft between the Spring Guide and the Topout
Plate.
Step 5 - Lubricate the o-ring on the air piston with FOX FLOAT Fluid and re-install the air shaft assembly into the
upper tube. Push the shaft until it approaches the bottom hole of the fork. Do not push the shaft all the way
through the bottom hole.
Step 6 - Turn the fork upside down. Pour 30cc of FOX Suspension Fluid through the bottom hole.
Step 7 - Push the air shaft assembly up until the shaft comes through the bottom hole. Install the crush washer and
bottom nut. Torque to 50 in-lbs.
Step 8 - Turn the fork right side up. Pour 5cc of FOX FLOAT Fluid on top of the air piston.
Step 9 - Lubricate the o-ring on the air topcap with FOX FLOAT Fluid. Re-install the topcap and torque to 165 in-lbs.
Step 10 - Air up the fork to the desired pressure and cycle it several times to check for proper operation. Re-install the
blue air cap.
100mm
80mm
Bottom Nut and Crush Washer
Air topcap
Air piston
Air Shaft
Assembly
20mm Travel
Spacer
FLOAT Forx Travel Spacer Diagram
Negative
Spring
Plate
Negative
Spring
Retainer
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Changing Travel - Vanilla Forx
FOX FORX travel can be changed by rearranging the travel spacers as shown in the drawings below. After changing
travel check the fork for proper operation before riding. If there is free movement in the fork or if it makes strange
noises disassemble the fork and check for complete number and correct orientation of spacers.
The following tools and supplies will be needed: 26mm 6-sided socket, 10mm wrench, 2mm hex wrench, 1.5mm hex
wrench, torque wrench, plastic faced hammer, small screw driver, drain pan, FOX Suspension Fluid.
Step 1 - Step 1a -Remove the left (spring side) top cap with a 26mm 6-sided socket.
Step 1b -On R models, simply remove the right (cartridge) side top cap with a 26mm 6-sided socket.
Step 1c -RL and RLC models require that the adjuster knobs be removed as shown in the drawing (see
page 14. Remove the red rebound knob by firmly holding the red knob from turning and loosen
screw with a 2mm hex wrench.
Step 1d -Remove the lock-out lever with a 1.5mm hex wrench by loosening the three set screws and
carefully lifting the lever. Do not remove the set screws. The 3 balls are held in place by grease.
Do not lose the three balls in the lock-out lever.
Step 1e -Remove the low-speed compression knob on RLC models. Below the low-speed compression
knob is a detent ball and spring which sit in a counterbore in the topcap. Check that the ball is
positioned in the hole by pressing on it with a small screwdriver and feeling for the force of the
spring.
Step 1f - Loosen and unscrew the damper topcap with a 26mm 6-sided socket.
Step 2 - Compress fork slowly until the travel spacers are exposed on the damper side. Pull the damper topcap up
until it stops. Snap on or off the correct length spacers to match the orientation shown in the Travel Spacer
Diagram (see page 14). If removing spacers from the cartridge, make sure to keep them in a safe place for
future use.
Step 3 - Step 3a - Extend the fork by pulling down on the lower leg. Push down on the damper topcap and carefully
thread into upper tube. Torque to 165 in/lbs.
Step 3b -Re-install adjuster knobs. On RLC models, install the low speed compression knob so that the
groove on the bottom is positioned over the aluminum pin in the topcap.
Step 3c -On RL and RLC models, install the lockout lever onto the hex and rotate clockwise until it stops. It
may take multiple rotations to seat the lockout shaft. Orient the lever so the lockout tab faces
approximately the six o’clock position. While pressing the lockout lever down, lightly tighten the
three set screws. Back each screw off 1/4 turn.
Step 3d -On all models, install red rebound knob so that the slot feature on the bottom is aligned with the
flats on the center of the rebound shaft. Apply blue loctite to screw and tighten with 2mm hex
wrench while holding red rebound knob from spinning.
Warning - Damper internals will be damaged if the rebound knob is not held turning while the
screw is tightened.
Step 4 - Loosen the left (spring side) with a 10mm wrench or socket 3-4 full turns. Place a clean drain pan under the left leg
and tap lightly with a plastic hammer on the nut to loosen the plunger from the lower leg. Unscrew and remove
bottom nut and washer. Push up on the shaft and let oil drain.
Step 5 - Make sure all oil is drained from left side leg and right topcap is tight. Turn bike upside down and push out
plunger shaft.
Step 6 - Looking at the Travel Spacer Diagram, add or remove spacers between the black negativespring guide and
the aluminum coil insert. Spacers snap onto the shaft. Slide the black negative spring guide up against the
spacers.
Step 7 - Reinstall the plunger shaft, spring and spacers into the left fork leg and install the crush washer and bottom
nut. Torque the bottom nut to 50 in-lbs.
Step 8 - Pour in 30cc of new FOX Suspension Fluid or re-use oil from clean drain pan into the left upper tube.
Step 9 - Install left top cap and torque to 165 in-lbs.
Step 10 - Cycle the fork several times to check for proper operation before riding. If there is free movement in the fork
or if it makes strange noises, disassemble fork to check for complete number and orientation of spacers.
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80mm
100mm
Preload
Topcap
125mm
Travel
Spacers
20mm
Adjuster Knobs
25mm
20mm
Main
Spring
All Forx
RL, RLC
RLC Only
25mm
20mm
Negative
Spring
Guide
25mm
20mm
25mm
20mm
Plunger
Shaft
Vanilla Forx Travel Spacer Diagram
Bushings
Bushings should be checked annually for excessive wear. If fore and aft movement is detected between the upper tubes and
lower legs, contact an Authorized FOX Racing Shox Service Center or FOX Racing Shox for further instructions. Grasp the
lower legs at the drop outs (axle). Push the fork straight back towards the rear wheel. Then pull it towards you. There should
not be any free movement or clicking sounds. Next grasp the fork near the upper tube/seal junction and try the same thing.
Once again there should be no free movement. If any movement is noticed, refer to page 4 of this manual and contact FOX
Racing Shox or and Authorized FOX Racing Shox Service Center.
Changing Oil
Vanilla Forks - Left Side
The left leg of FOX Vanilla Forx contain the parts shown on the Vanilla Travel Spacer Diagram.
The following tools and supplies will be needed: 26mm 6-sided socket, 10mm wrench, 2mm hex wrench, 1.5mm hex
wrench, torque wrench, plastic faced hammer, small screw driver, drain pan, FOX Suspension Fluid.
Step 1 - Remove the Preload Topcap with a 26mm socket wrench. Remove all of the travel spacers from the top
of the main spring.
Step 2 - Loosen the bottom nut 3-4 full turns with a 10mm wrench. Place a drain pan under the fork leg and then
lightly tap the bottom nut with a plastic faced hammer to loosen the shaft from the lower leg. Remove bottom
nut and crush washer. Push plunger shaft up into the lower leg with a small screwdriver and let the oil drain
from the fork leg.
Step 3 - With all the oil drained, use the small screwdriver to carefully guide the plunger shaft back down through the
hole in the bottom of the lower leg. Install the crush washer and bottom nut. Torque bottom nut to 50 in-lbs.
Wipe excess oil from exterior of fork with a towel.
Step 4 - Pour 30cc of FOX Suspension Fluid into the top of the left upper tube.
Step 5 - Install travel spacers on top of main spring. Carefully thread Preload Topcap into upper tube and torque to
165 in-lbs.
FLOAT Forks - Left Side
The left leg of FOX FLOAT Forx contains the parts shown on page 12 in the FLOAT Forx Travel Spacer Diagram.
The following tools and supplies will be needed: 26mm 6-sided socket, 10mm wrench, 2mm hex wrench, 1.5mm hex
wrench, torque wrench, plastic faced hammer, small screw driver, drain pan, FOX Suspension Fluid plus a FOX High
Pressure Air Pump and FOX FLOAT Fluid.
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Changing Oil con’t
Step 1 - Remove the blue air cap from the top of the left fork leg. Let the air out of the fork. Refer to Pump Instructions
for details about letting the air out with a pump. Remove left top cap with a 26mm socket 6-point socket
wrench.
Step 2 - Loosen the bottom nut 3-4 turns with a 10mm wrench. With a plastic mallet, gently tap the bottom of the shaft
to disengage it from the lower leg. Allow oil to drain into a bucket. Remove the bottom nut and crush washer.
Step 3 - Compress the fork as much as possible. The air piston will be visible about one inch below the top of the
upper tube. Push the bottom of the shaft upwards to push the air piston out of the top of the upper tube. If
necessary, use a small screwdriver to push the bottom of the shaft up through the hole in the bottom of the
lower leg.
Step 4 - Pull the air-shaft assembly from the fork. Clean and dry assembly.
Step 5 - Lubricate the o-ring on the air piston with FOX FLOAT Fluid and re-install the air shaft assembly into the
upper tube. Push the shaft until it approaches the bottom hole of the fork. Do not push the shaft all the way
through the bottom hole.
Step 6 - Turn the fork upside down. Pour 30cc of fresh FOX Suspension Fluid through the bottom hole.
Step 7 - Push the air shaft assembly up until the shaft comes through the bottom hole. Install the crush washer and
bottom nut. Torque to 50 in-lbs.
Step 8 - Turn the fork right side up. Pour 5cc of FOX FLOAT Fluid on top of the air piston.
Step 9 - Lubricate the o-ring on the air topcap with FOX FLOAT Fluid. Re-install the topcap and torque to 165 in-lbs.
Step 10 -Air up the fork to the desired pressure and cycle it several times to check for proper operation. Re-install the
blue air cap.
FLOAT & Vanilla Forx - Right Side
The right leg of FOX FORX contains the damper. The damper is a precision component that controls the compression and
rebound of your FOX FORX. If your cartridge ever loses oil, be sure to complete these 9 steps to ensure that you have the
proper volume of oil in the damper. Use only FOX Suspension Fluid in your FOX FORX.
NOTE: Too much oil will cause hydraulic lock-out of the fork. This is a serious condition and could lead to loss
of control and serious or fatal injury.
The following tools and supplies will be needed: 26mm 6-sided socket, 10mm wrench, 2mm hex wrench, 1.5mm hex
wrench, torque wrench, plastic faced hammer, small screw driver, drain pan, FOX Suspension Fluid plus a FOX High
Pressure Air Pump and FOX FLOAT Fluid.
Step 1 - Step 1a -On R models, simply remove the right (damper) side top cap with a 26mm 6-sided socket.
Step 1b -RL and RLC models require that the adjuster knobs be removed as shown on page 14. Remove
the red rebound knob by firmly holding the red knob from turning and loosen screw with a 2mm hex
wrench.
Step 1c -Remove the lock-out lever with a 1.5mm hex wrench by loosening the three set screws and
carefully lifting the lever. Do not remove the set screws. There are 3 balls in the lockout lever. The 3
balls are held in place by grease. Do not lose the three balls in the lock-out lever.
Step 1d -Remove the low-speed compression knob on RLC models. Below the low-speed compression
knob is a detent ball and spring which sit in a counterbore in the topcap. Check that the ball is
positioned in the hole by pressing on it with a small screwdriver and feeling for the force of the
spring.
Step 1e -Loosen and unscrew the damper topcap with a 26mm 6-sided socket.
Step 2 - On RLC models, remove the blue blow-off threshold knob with a 2mm hex key wrench.
Step 3 - Loosen the right side bottom nut with a 10mm wrench or socket 3-4 full turns. Place a clean drain pan under the
right leg and tap lightly with a plastic hammer on the nut to loosen the damper from the lower leg. Unscrew and
remove bottom nut and washer. Push up on the shaft and let the oil drain.
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Step 4 - Carefully pull the damper from the fork. It will still contain oil.
Step 5 - Place the damper upright in a deep bucket and carefully cycle the shaft up and down several times to pump out
the remaining oil. Gently shake the damper to check whether it is empty.
Step 6 - When the damper is empty, pull it to its maximum length and install it into the fork. Install the crush washer and
bottom nut and torque to 50 in-lbs.
Step 7 - Measure 160cc of fresh FOX Suspension Fluid and pour it into the right fork leg. Add it slowly to avoid
overflowing and spillage.
Step 8 - Push down on the damper topcap and thread it carefully into the upper tube. Torque to 165 in-lbs.
Step 9 - Step 9a -Re-install adjuster knobs. On RLC models, install the low speed compression knob so that the
groove on the bottom is positioned over the aluminum pin in the topcap.
Step 9b -On RL and RLC models, install the lockout lever onto the hex and rotate clockwise until it stops. It
may take multiple rotations to seat the lockout shaft. Orient the lever so the lockout tab faces
approximately the six o’clock position. While pressing the lockout lever down, lightly tighten the
three set screws. Back each screw off 1/4 turn.
Step 9c -On all models, install red rebound knob so that the slot feature on the bottom is aligned with the
flats on the center of the rebound shaft. Apply blue loctite to screw and tighten with 2mm hex
wrench while holding red rebound knob from spinning.
Warning - Damper internals will be damaged if the rebound knob is not held turning while the
screw is tightened.
Step 10 - Cycle the fork several times and run the adjusters through their full ranges of adjustment. You should feel
damper fill with oil after several cycles. Adjust all damper settings to your preferences and head out for a
nice ride.
Seals and Foam Rings
FOX FORX feature a sealing system designed to keep your fork moving smoothly in all conditions. There are two parts to the
system - the fork seal and the foam ring. The fork seal features a proprietary scraper lip geometry that keeps dirt out and oil
in the fork. The foam ring sits just below the fork seal. It is saturated with oil and in turn applies oil to the upper tube as it
passes by. This keeps the fork moving up and down smoothly. While FOX FORX are designed to require minimal maintenance, periodic inspection and cleaning of the fork sealing system is recommended.
Step 1 - Around the perimeter of the fork seals are small notches. Use a small flat blade screw driver in these slots
to gently pry the seal from the lower legs of the fork. Once loose, raise them all the way up to the crown on
the upper tubes.
Step 2 - Wrap a clean rag around the junction of the upper tubes and the lower legs. This will keep dirt out while the
seals are being cleaned.
Step 3 - Use a rag to wipe around the outside diameter of the seal. Wipe until clean.
Step 4 - Remove the rags and check the foam rings which will be visible just inside the lower legs. They should be
soaked with oil and should not contain any dirt or debris. If the foam rings are dry, use a few cc’s of FOX
Suspension Fluid to saturate them.
Step 5 - Wipe the upper tubes and slide the seals down into the lower legs. Carefully press the seals into place. A
thin flat bladed screw driver can be used to press in between the upper tube and the fork brace. It is
recommended that the blade of the screw driver be covered with tape or a rag to prevent damage to the seal.
Inspect that seal is firmly seated against top surface of the lower leg.
Step 6 - Wipe off any excess oil and cycle the fork a few times to check for proper operation.
p/n: 605-00-003-A
2001 FOX Racing Shox, Inc., FOX Forx Owner’s Manual. The information herein is provided as a guide.
FOX Racing Shox reserves the right to change all or part without notice.
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