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Help with RS Deluxe shock

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Monkey
Feb 9, 2016
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I promised to help a friend with servicing his RS Deluxe shock and I have some difficulty removing the white nylon compression ball from the bleed port.

RS recommend pushing from the oil side with a 1,5mm Allen key which didn't worked at all...

It's the first time the shock is open and the ball seems to be heavily compressed.

I even removed the IFP, install the seal head / air piston into the damper body and then pressurised it as high as 450psi. Nothing moved and the it was airtight.

In suggestions?
 

FarkinRyan

Monkey
Dec 15, 2003
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Take the sealhead off the shaft, turn it upside down in a vice and punch the ball out from the oil side with your 1.5mm allen key and a hammer. If you have one to sacrifice cut the short end off it to make it a better punch.
 

kidwoo

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Aug 25, 2003
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Gimme that thing, I can probably suck the anodizing off too in the process.

They called me the vacuum in college. Take the paint right off a buick
 

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Monkey
Feb 9, 2016
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Another question: my friend's shock had gone roughly 100h and the oil was already black so that I will change it. I don't plan on changing the seals (maybe dum?) but I need to change at least the nylon ball. RS sells packs of 20 balls which are sold out here in Sweden and should be back in stock in 4 weeks...
I found 3mm nylon balls from another none bike industry related supplier, would they do the job?
 

Udi

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I found 3mm nylon balls from another none bike industry related supplier, would they do the job?
As long as they fit similarly tightly I don't see a problem, nylon in general is supposed to be largely oil resistant.
 

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Monkey
Feb 9, 2016
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Thanks @Udi ! The thing is that the actual ball is so deformed that I cannot measure it... 3mm is what I guess will fit the hole.

Maybe someone can measure the real thing.