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RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« on: September 09, 2017, 04:33:57 AM »
I have a level 3 kit installed. The shock remote reservoir has oil film around the damping adjusters after every of road ride. I clean it off with brake cleaner and it shows up again after the next ride.    Has anyone else had this happen with there new tractive shock ? Thanks for any input.

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 09:01:46 AM »
Hi Stener - I thought you'd already had a response to this from Rally Raid over on the ADVrider thread?

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 12:47:42 PM »
Hi Jmo. John did respond to this issue right away when I contacted him through the RR website,(No comment on adv forum as he emailed me directly,Contacted him prior to my advrider post). He assures me that this is residual oil from crevices after assembly, normal.   6500km it's still going on, after every ride more oil resedue.  I would like to hear from others with the same experience to find out at what point it may stop.

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 01:49:24 PM »
Hi Rob - I suggest getting back in touch with John - because you're in Canada, it might be worth getting in touch with Alex at Conflict Suspension who is the US/north America TracTive service agent... its possible your shock has been over filled slightly and is pressurising with use. He ought to be able to advise.

Hope that helps!

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 04:34:44 AM »
I have been in touch with John again, about a week ago,He still feels it will just stop . I'm interested in hearing from anyone else who had this happen .I will contact Alex at conflict to see what he thinks as well . Thanks Jenny.

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 12:49:20 PM »
Hi Stener - I have just spoken to John about this too, and the response you've been given though your direct communication with the company is correct, as confirmed with TracTive themselves.

My assumption above was inaccurate based on these circumstances.

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 09:25:01 PM »
Brake cleaner can be hard on rubber and plastics.  It is to be used on the metal parts in a brake system after the rubber or plastic bits have been removed.   Everclear at 151 or 190 proof, depending on the booze laws where you live, is a much safer cleaner for the rubber and plastics and yourself.

There may be a bit of assembly grease, that was used to protect the o-rings during fitment, that is slowly releasing oil.  Grease is a mix of oil and thickening agent and if it is not being stirred up, like in a sealed bearing for example, the oil will slowly separate out.

If it were me, I would remove the orange plastic adjuster knobs and clean all around the area that is revealed by taking the knobs off with q-tips and Everclear.

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2017, 10:19:03 PM »
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Brake cleaner can be hard on rubber and plastics.  It is to be used on the metal parts in a brake system after the rubber or plastic bits have been removed.   Everclear at 151 or 190 proof, depending on the booze laws where you live, is a much safer cleaner for the rubber and plastics and yourself.

There may be a bit of assembly grease, that was used to protect the o-rings during fitment, that is slowly releasing oil.  Grease is a mix of oil and thickening agent and if it is not being stirred up, like in a sealed bearing for example, the oil will slowly separate out.

If it were me, I would remove the orange plastic adjuster knobs and clean all around the area that is revealed by taking the knobs off with q-tips and Everclear.

Bonaroo - those are not plastic adjuster knobs. The high and low speed compression adjusters are the allen head bolts in the centre.

There are no user-servicable parts on the TracTive shock, you need a specialist and specialist tools to strip and service a shock - not least as the contents are under high pressure.

I would suggest that Stener only listen to the advise given by the manufacturer and retailer of this component, through direct communication.

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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2017, 01:16:02 AM »
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Brake cleaner can be hard on rubber and plastics.  It is to be used on the metal parts in a brake system after the rubber or plastic bits have been removed.   Everclear at 151 or 190 proof, depending on the booze laws where you live, is a much safer cleaner for the rubber and plastics and yourself.

There may be a bit of assembly grease, that was used to protect the o-rings during fitment, that is slowly releasing oil.  Grease is a mix of oil and thickening agent and if it is not being stirred up, like in a sealed bearing for example, the oil will slowly separate out.

If it were me, I would remove the orange plastic adjuster knobs and clean all around the area that is revealed by taking the knobs off with q-tips and Everclear.
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Bonaroo ,when cleaning I spray a small amount of brake cleaner on a clean cloth and only wipe down the alloy surface(wearing rubber gloves).I agree brake cleaner is terrible stuff,I generally don't go near it even when I do the brakes on my truck(John suggested using it to clean off oil film). thanks for you're input.
I'll be doing just as John suggested and  monitor it ,clean it off and hope it eventually goes the way of the dodo bird and 8 track tapes.
I'm Still interested in hearing from anyone else that's had this issue.

I just realised I responded to bonaroo in the wrong heading,sorry don't know how to fix and don't want to re type. I'm not too computer savy,will try to get it right next time...
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Re: RR level 3 shock reservoir oil leak
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2017, 01:51:12 AM »
You are for sure using the brake cleaner in the safest way for your res o-rings and yourself.  Good chance that your slight oil seepage will stop at some point.  Hard to imagine that the shock oil, being under high pressure, would be coming out so slowly. 

 


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