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  • #820555

    caRpetbomBer
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    I have 2 reverb stealth posts that im going to rebuild myself. Being stubborn and instead of having a bike shop doing the work and costing around $200 each. Im not even going to bother getting a full service kit cause most of the parts are just o rings. I found some polymer bushings for the top at bottom for around $38. I can make 5 each top bottom. The posts are older so i going to upgrade the IFP the the newer blue verion. New brass keys won’t hurt. Going to change out the u cup seal with just a 90 durometer o ring i heard its better.

    One of the posts had a u cup seal leak where oil just leaked out and a worn out bottom bushing.
    The other post the top bushing was worn out to the point the inner was rubbing on the post. The project has begun.

    Santa Cruz

    #820556

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Good on ya man. That’s one job I have heard so many horror stories about. I am happy to pay to have someone else do it. I do my own bleed but that’s about it. The rebuild does seem straight forward but it also looks like a 2hr job. I really should do this as myself as well. Keep us posted on your progress and what you encounter.

    I’m sure others are interested as well.

    #820573

    caRpetbomBer
    Participant

    You definitely need the right tools before you attempt the rebuild that’s for sure. I think most the horror stories are from people crushing parts of the post sticking them in a vice without soft jaw inserts. I might just get a new bench vice myself its a little small and has broken jaws. I’ll make my own jaw inserts to clamp round parts for the project. Or get a friend to make them for me.

    My bushing have finally shipped from the UK. I picked up 10 RockShox Bulk Internal Floating Pistons for pretty cheap.
    The tool to push down the IFP 30mm for stealth’s could easily be made from a pvc tube. The only parts i can think of getting from a bike shop right now are the brass keys and some Sram butter. Still looking for some foam felt rings for lubing the top close to the bushings. Ill keep ya posted on the progress.

    #820574

    whisky_cactus
    Participant

    I’ve had a reverb post sitting in my drawer for two years now for the exact reasons you stated above. Would also be interested to know how you make out.

    #820697

    caRpetbomBer
    Participant

    My bushing have finally came in from the UK. Still waiting on my brass keys. Still need a few items before i attempt the rebuild. So i ended up getting 2 basic reverb rebuild kits for $20 each. I got a new 6″ vice. Park tool soft jaw inserts. IFP height tool. Oil height tool.

    A guide for steering tubes or handle bars is very useful to cut down the bushings to size.

    New bushing cut to size.

    More added soon.

    #820698

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I’m coming over with mine after 🙂 haha

    Good luck man.

    #820722

    caRpetbomBer
    Participant

    I should have enough bushing left to cut out 2 top and bottoms. My cutting guide worked great the first time. Second set of bushings were a little off. So i used the old bushing, the aluminum ones as a guide to file down. @fasttimes if you want i can cut you a set out. No problem with me more people testing something out the better.

    So my first rebuild went surprisingly smooth. I didn’t even use any torque wrenches. I got a little scared at first cause the post wasn’t going down in the slowest setting. And kinda hard to press down. My mistake was bleeding the lever and cable flat on a table. All fixed with a re bleed. On this reverb stealth post all that needed changing was the 2 bushings, 1 felt washer, oil felt ring, Newer IFP blue version, u cup seal was replaced with a normal o ring from the basic rebuild kit. So realistically the cost to rebuild is pretty low.

    I need to get a better clamp for the main piston. Its anodized and real slippery trying to clamp it with a park tools insert. Also made sure to clean any oils off the insert and main piston before clamping.

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