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  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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Tora 302 service...

I've been having some issues with my Tora 302 forks recently so took them in for a service. Since then they've been getting worse, so I stripped them down myself on Sunday and found the rebound damper in 4 pieces...

I've ordered replacement parts but I am after some advice for re-assembly.

It's my understanding that the Tora 302 has non-replaceable plastic bushes, but the service guide calls for oil to be placed in the lowers. This doesn't seem to make any sense to me, as a plastic bush shouldn't really need oiling.

Furthermore, on the spring side there is no oil seal around the lower end of the upper, so any oil in the lowers will flow into and around the spring.

Am I missing something? Should I just shut up and follow the service guide (which covers all models)? Or should I just make it up as I go along?


Re: Tora 302 service...

Hi Cam,
i have serviced the HeadShock on my Cannondale twice now. first time i did it i just used a big hammer and made it up as i went along, this was then followed a week later by a service by Evans Cycles and a bill for £125.
second time i followed the information i could find on the net. it was not much and a bit patchy but i made sure i used the exact kinds of oil in the places specified by the manual, this time it has lasted about 7 Months before loosing air pressure.

my advice, take care and follow the instructions to the letter.
failing that dig deep in the pocket and use a reputable service centre.

Re: Tora 302 service...

Well I took your advice and followed the service guide to the letter...

They are now super smooth - better than new I think, and loads better than after the service.

Having done it once, I'll be doing it a lot more regularly from now on...