1996 rock shox judy xc overhauling
This facelift is the next in a row. Now I do a facelift of my own 1996 Rock Shox Judy XC fork I rode in the '90s. The fork has been in great condition for a long time, already with Kronos coil springs, but with malfunctioning (empty) damper cartridge. However, with a new coming project of the Heavy Tools HT Comp, I decided to take the fork back in life.
First I rebuild the cartridge. When disassembling the fork I did surprise that the cartridge was newer one, with the aluminium body (I should have replaced it, but I can`t remember), mechanically in very good condition, but without any oil. I found out that there were missing some small parts to fix the cartridge not leaking again, so I completed them all and I filled the cartridge in with Rock Shox oil. Now the cartridge doesn`t leak anymore.
The original painting was in very good condition, too. I didn`t remove it, I just made some cosmetic repairs. The brake arch allowed using classic cantilever brakes, but I decided to use V-brakes. Instead of removing the brake cable-stop, I found a very used arch on “evil-bay”. After that I repainted the arch.
Rock Shox Judy XC forks had all stainless steel bolts, while the SL all titanium hardware. I did manage to find all titanium hardware and replaced it. Original, but short steel steerer had been replaced. Now my fork looks more like SL than XC.
I have placed the fork in the Heavy Tools HT Comp project and repainted it in Volkswagen/Audi silver like the frame. Well, to be honest, my paint job was not sooo perfect and you may find some cosmetic marks here and there. Anyhow, all the overhauling was a great experience and I`m glad that my Judy XC fork is back in life again.