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Here we try to gather service instructions and other detailed information to all you DIY home mechanics. These instructions require special skills and tools so if you are not confident about doing the service by your self, please contact your local service provider.

4.Quick guide for oxidation removal from the raw aluminum frame #

There have been some questions regarding Pole’s Machine frame oxidation. We made our tests in-house and tried to find the best non-abrasive method to remove the oxidation.
The target was to get the original look back.

Oxidated part
Treated surface

 

List of things you need:

  • Oxalic acid
  • Abrasive cleaner
  • Aluminum sealant
  • 2 buckets
  • Brush
  • Water
  • Safety gloves (latex etc)
  • Safety goggles
  • Well ventilated place to work

 

Steps for the project:

  1. For the purpose, disassemble the bike
  2. If you want to keep using the old bearings, remove the bearings before using acid.
  3. Remember to use protective gear (safety glasses and gloves) and do this project in well-ventilated place.
  4. Use oxalic acid -> Dilute to 1/9 ratio
  5. Submerge the parts into the oxalic acid dilution for 30 to 60 minutes
  6. Rinse parts carefully in water
  7. Dry the parts
  8. Apply abrasive cleaner and treat the surface as long as you are satisfied with the result
  9. Rinse parts carefully in water
  10. Treat the parts with aluminum sealant
  11. Assemble the bike

 

We have made a longer project blog and vlog, if you want to take a closer look, you can find the whole thing here.

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5.EXT Coil replacement #

Before disassembly, we recommend that you write down your shock settings (how many clicks from open to close).

Disassembly

1. Use 2.0mm Allen key to remove the Rebound adjusting screw
2. Use 3.0mm Allen key to loosen the spring preload
3. Unscrew the preload plate and move the spring towards the top of the shock.
4. Move the lower shock plate toward the spring. Remove the lock ring. You should be able to remove the lock ring without tools but if it seems to be too tight use some thin plastic or metallic tool to help and avoid harming the shock.
5. Slide the lower shock plate towards the end of the shock and remove it.
6. Now you should be able to slide the spring also of from the shock.

Assembly

1. Slide spring in so that it’ll connect to the upper spring plate.
2. Slide the lower spring plate to its place
3. Slide the lock ring back to its place
4. Preload the spring. When the spring is contacting the upper spring plate (preload plate), turn by hand max 2 turns (max 2mm). Look that the 3mm hex screw is matching one of the body grooves. Tighten the 3mm hex screw.
5. Put the rebound knob back to its place and use 2mm Allen key to tighten the knob.

If you did write your settings down before disassembly now you can readjust/recheck that you have the same settings than before the spring swap.

You can also find EXT owner and service manual from here.

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Last updated on 19.3.2019
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