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SED, thank you for taking the time to document the Marzocchi Strada rebuild. ;-T I've seen Marzocchi's document but was a little cloudy on a few points. I've have them on mine too; they're not leaking and still damping okay but probably overdue for a change of the smelly oil. What weight oil did you use?
Excellent pics and procedural write up. Dang, I miss my Monza.Btw, our dishwasher died and my wife knows that if I replace it, the cost will be about $25,000 for new disposal, sink, cabinets, lighting, wall removal, appliance relocation and flooring. Can't just replace the DW...Just get me started....
I'm loving this thread, thanks for making it. I have a few questions... If I just want to remove the lower front legs to get them powdercoated for example and replaced the seals and dust covers, is this the only step required in my case to remove them (while the rest is all still on the bike)? Will oil come gushing out, or is the oil contained within the dampers?
I'm loving this thread, thanks for making it. Also, what size Avon RoadRider did you use. Tubed or Tubeless Conversion done?, and what color powdercoat did you use? Looks close to the factory color...Great job on all!Thanks!
I take it you want to know how a cartridge works differently from damping rod? Short answer is the cartridge accounts for slow and fast internal pressures through a valve so you get an even feel for slow and fast damping. The older rod type which you have is an oil displacement type where the given holes in the system displace fluid (oil) while damping. Problem is that while going fast they are quite ineffective and you get a very stiff ride. At slow speeds there is time for the displacement to happen (think slow motion) and they sometimes feel rather mushy. It's a one size fits all to compensate for slow and fast and does neither end much service. A cartridge mitigates this with its efficiency.
Thanks Kev, ;-T Don't know much about them so was thinking that the cartridge worked like the damping rod. It must be possible to engineer the fork with a cartridge-like valve and reduce the duplication of parts - probably only for racers and weight weenies. ;D
An upgrade to better quality forks is the best thing you can do. I did and it's HUGE how stable these little guys can feel. It's the single best upgrade for rideability I found.
. An upgrade to better quality forks is the best thing you can do. I did and it's HUGE how stable these little guys can feel. It's the single best upgrade for rideability I found.
I would say those forks aren't worth messing with as they are pretty low quality parts Guzzi used. They flex like toothpicks and that's their biggest downfall, not the dampening IMO. Put your front brake on and push on them back and forth (not up and down) and you'll see what I mean about why things wallow in turns.
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