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    DNM fork rebuild video, no bath oil?

    The biggest issue I've noticed with the DNM fork is stanchion stiction. For those who don't know it's the break-free friction to move the fork.
    I found this video of a professional DNM rebuild and I noticed that he doesn't use any bath oil at all in the outer (upper) tubes to lubricate the stanchions. You can see the full rebuild is appropriately done but from about 10-11 minutes you can see there isn't oil added for the stanchion outers.
    Anybody disassembled their DNM and noticed this? Bath oil would be an easy addition to fix stiction, hard to believe this was overlooked.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tllg...el=Vectorebike

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    its sometimes the case that manufacturers miss bath oil out on assembly. I've had both Rockshox and Fox forks with this problem. I now strip new forks to check. I've gone for some iso 32 slideway oil in the lowers recently. There's a lot of useful info here https://www.shockcraft.co.nz/

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      I opened both top caps and added a tablespoon of 5wt fork oil. Also unscrewed the wipers (they're hand tight) and added some Sram butter.
      Took 20 minutes and it's a huge improvement against the horrible stiction I had out of the box. Now it actually feels pretty decent and I'm used to high-end mtb forks.
      I think the majority of the stiction was from the wipers not having much if any lubricant other than to help with assembly.

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