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DRAFTSHOWASHOCKREBUILD16mmand18mm

NOTE:WEHIGHLYRECOMMENDTHATSAFETYGLASSESORASAFETYFACESHIELDBEWORN
ATALLTIMESWHENWORKINGWITHASHOCK.

PLEASENOTEthatifthisisyourfirsttimerebuildingashock,werecommendreadingthrough
theseinstructionsbeforebeginningastobetterprepareandunderstandthecomplete
process.Pleasecontactuswithanyquestionsorsuggestions.PHOTOsarecomingsoon!

1. Removetheshockfromthebike.

A. Removetheseatandtherightsideplate.
B. Removethemuffler.
C. Removethetopsubframebolt
D. Removetheleftandrightsubframebolts.
E. Removethetopandbottomshockboltnuts.
F. Keeptheairboxbootattachedtothecarbandtiltthesubframetotheleft.
G. Whileliftingtheswingarm,removeeitherthetoporbottomshockbolt,followedbytheother.
H. Liftouttheshock.

2. Wipedownandcleantheshock.Removeanyexcessdirt.Cleanthethreadsabovethespringlock
collars.Applyalightlubricant,suchassiliconsprayorWD40totheshockbodythreads.Thiswillhelp
thepreloadringstospinmorefreely.

3. Measureandnotethelengthofthespringaspreloadedontheshock.

4. Unlock(separate)thetoppreloadlockringwithaflatorroundpunchordullscrewdriver.

5. Turnbothpreloadringsallthewaytothetop.Sometimesitseasytomountthebottomoftheshock
intoavice(usesoftjawsoralargesofttoweltoprotecttheshock)whiledoingthis.Notethat
sometimesitseasiertorotatethebodyoftheshockthanitistorotatetherings.Additionally,itsa
goodideatowearglovestohelpprotectthehandsfromthesharpedgesandburrsoftherings.

6. Withthepreloadringsturnedallthewayuptothetopthread,removetheshockfromtheviceandlay
itflatonaworkbenchorspace.Toremovethespring,pushthebottomringcollarupward,separatingit

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fromthebottomconecup,exposingtheringclip,(mayrequiresomeforce).Removetheclipusingthe
edgeofascrewdriver,thenslidetheringdownandoffoftheshock,followedbythebottomringand
spring.Usealightlubricantifnecessary.

7. Wipedownthebodyoftheshockandcleanthethreadsoftheshockbody.Atthisstage,itsalsogood
tocycletheshockafewtimesbyhandandtestforresistanceandthepresentofairwithinthefluid.This
mayleadtoanearlydiscoveryofconcernsthatwillneedfurtheranalysisaftertheshockis
disassembled,suchasawornpistonbandorsealhead.

8. Removethebottomoutplatefromthebottomoftheshockbody.Notethesmallholeatthebottomon
onesideoftheplate.Thisitemislightlypressedintotheshockbodyandcanberemovedwithasmall
dullpunchoraflatscrewdriver.Adullorroundpunchisbestsinceitwillleavelessofamark.Whenitis
freefromtheshockbody,slideitallthewaytothebumperandtapeorziptieintoplace.Youwillnow
beabletoseethesealheadandthedustseal.

9. Removethevalvecapfromthenitrogenvalveandbleedoutthenitrogenbylightlypressingonthe
Schradervalvestem.Makesurenottobendthestem.Itisalsoagoodideatomeasuretheexisting
nitrogenpressureastonotetheamountofloss,whichindicatesoilloseandthepotentialofawornseal
and/orsealhead.Existingnitrogenpressures,comparedtotheoriginalchargeisagoodmeasureof
requiredserviceintervalsandpotentiallytheconditionoftheshock.Achargelessthan100PSIwould
clearlyindicateamajormalfunctionsomewhereintheshock.Removingthevalvestemisanoptionbut
ideallytheatmospherewithinthebladdershouldremainasmoisturefreeaspossible.Considerthis
withinyourplanstoreplaceand/orpurgethebladderbeforethefinalcharge.

10. Atthisstageyoucanthentestforasmoothandairfreeactionbycyclingtheshockshaft.Makeanote
ofanysections(distanceswithinthestroke)thatfeelstickyorgrittyasthismayindicateconcernswithin
theshockbodysuchasdamageorimperfectionstotheinternalcoating.

11. Remounttheshockintoaviceorholdingdevice,clampingtheshockbodyinapositionsothattheshock
bodyislayingflatwiththecompressionadjustorassemblyfacingupwards.Ifyouhaveastandardvice,it
ishighlyrecommendedthattheshockbodybewrappedwithoneortwosmalltowelsastoprotectit
fromdamage.Neverclampthethreadedsurfaceoftheshockbodyandneveroverclamp(tighten)when
puttingtheshockbodyintoanyvice.

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12. Withtheshaftfullyextended,(andwithallthenitrogenbledout)removethecompressionassembly
fromtheshockbody.Dothiswithaspecialcompressionassemblyremoval/installtoolorusealarge
adjustablewrenchorChannelLocks.Withouttheuseofatoolthatfitsthiscap,somedamage(most
likelyjustscratches)arelikelytooccur.Contactusifyouwouldliketopurchaseacaptool.

WARNING:Therewilloftenbeasubstantialburstofairandoilwhenthecompressionassembly
capisremovedevenwhentheshockhasbeenfullybledofallitsnitrogen.Wehighly
recommendwindingasmalltowelaroundtheneckbetweentheshockbodyandreservoir,then
usingasecondtoweltoholdoverorsmothertheassemblyandyourtoolduringthelaststages
ofthecapremoval.Theamountofburstisusuallyanindicationoftheairthatwastrapped
withintheshock.Thisburstwillbefairlyminor(itsnotanexplosion)butcouldbeabitmessy,
andonceitoccursitwillnothappenasecondtimethroughtheremainderofthebreakdown.
Alwayswearsafetyglasseswhenworkingwithapressurizedshock.

13. Whenthecompressionassemblyisfullyloosenedfromtheshockbody,lifttheassemblyoutandplace
asideinasafelocation.ThecompressionassemblyontheShowaswillcomeoutinonewholepiece.

14. Removetheshockfromtheviceandpourtheremainingfluidoutofthecompressionassemblyholeinto
abeakerordrippan.Itmayhelptopumptheshaftafewtimeswhiledoingso.Examinethefluidand
noteconditionandquantity.

15. Pressacleanlintfreetowelintotheholeofthecompressionassemblythenmounttheshockintoa
holdingdevice(vice)withthebottomoftheshockfacingupwards,(clampthetopbearingmount).The
shockmayshiftfromsidetosideunlessthetwotopbearingbushingsareremoved.Again,softclamps
oratowelisrecommendtoavoiddamage,butadditionalclampingforcemaybenecessary,andislikely,
butnotharmfultotheshockorbearing.

16. Withtheshaftfullyextendedandthecapandbumperhelpupinplacewithtapeoraziptie,useasmall
punchorthinlongscrewdriver(orsealheadtoolifyouhaveone)totapthesealheaddownintothe
shockbody,(towardsthevice)exposingtheblackmetalsnapringwithintheshockbody.Taptheseal
headdownintotheshockbodysothattheupperedgeisaboutoneinchor20mmdownfromthering.

17. Useasmallthinflatscrewdrivertolifttheedgeoftheringattheringend.Whilelifting,workthering
upandout.ThereisnoneedtousetheringremovalprocedureontheShowashocksaswiththeKYBs.

18. Wipetheinsideorblastcleanwithpressurizedsolventtoremoveanydirtorgrittrappedaroundthe
sealheadsealandshockbody.Applyingsomelightlubricant(suchasWD40)totheinsideoftheshock
bodyandtothetopouteredgeofthesealheadmayeasetheremovaloftheassembly.

19. Removetheshockshaftassemblybygrabbingtheendoftheshaftwithyourhand(glovesortowelwrap
recommended)andliftingupwardswithasteadyandconsistentforce.Someslightrockingortiltingmay
help.Itmayalsobenecessarytostandabovetheshockwhiledoingthis.

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WARNING:Whenthesealheadreleasesfromtheshockbody,itmaybesuddenandwithout
warning.Bepreparedforthisbykeepingyourstancesteadyandyourface(andteeth)clearof
theshaftend.Theremayalsobeasmallreleaseoffluidsokeepatowelhanding.Lastly,there
maybeavapor(lookslikesteam)thatreleasesfromtheshockbodyafterthesealheadislifted
out.Allowthistoventandkeepyourdistance(yourlungs)awayuntilthisclears.

Iftheshaft/sealheaddoesnotliftout,laytheshockflatwiththetopoftheshockmountedin
thevice.Placealargerounddowelorscrewdriverintothebottomshockmount,thentapthe
edgeofthescrewdriver,ascloseaspossibletotheshockmount,withamallet.Bepreparedto
catchandprotecttheassemblyasitdislodges.

20. Withtheshockmountedbackintheupsidedownposition,inthevice,applyalightlubricanttotherim
aroundtheedgeofbladdercap.Wipeoffanyexcessdirt.

21. Pressthebladdercapintowardstheshockbody.Itmayalsobenecessarytorotatethecapallowingthe
lubricanttogetaroundtherubberbladder,makingthecapeasiertoremove.Therubberofthebladder
tendstodryoutandlockitselfupagainsttheshockbody.Whenyoubreakthislock,thecapwillrotate
andremovealoteasier.Itmayhelptoattachavalvetooltothestemtoaidwithcontrollingthecap.Do
notapplytoomuchforcetothestem.

22. Pressthecapdownsothatthemetalsnapringisexposed.Prytheringinandupusingasmalltipflat
screwdriverorringcliptool.

23. Liftthebladdercapout.Notethatitsbesttokeepthebladderonthecaptoavoidanydirtormoisture
fromentering.Ifthenitrogenpressuresintheshockwerelowerthannormalbeforedisassembly,itmay
benecessarytotestthebladderwithaslightchargeandadipintosomewaterorabathofoil.Bladders
thatareoldordamagedshouldbereplaced.Bladdersthatarecollapsesshouldbefilled(about3to5
PSI)andstoredwhileworkcontinues.

24. Withtheshockbodynowremovedfromthevice,fullycleantheinsideandoutsideoftheshockbody
withahighVOCsolvent(suchascarbclean,brakecleanorcontactcleaner).DonotuselowVOCor
kerosenebasedsolvents.Wipethebodydownwithacleanlintfreetowel.Makesurethatanytowels
usedasafinalwipeonpartswereneverusedtocleandirtormetalparticles.Keepafreshstackof
perfectlycleanedtowelsforthispurpose.Alwaysusecompressedairtoblowoffanyremaininglintafter
wiping.Coveruptheshockbodyaftercleaningtoavoidcontamination.Lastly,useagoodsourceof
lighttoinspecttheinsidecoatingorsurfaceareainwhichthepistonslideson.Someresidualbuildup
canberemovedwithaspecialtool,butscratchesordamageintothecoatingrequirethattheshock
bodybereplaced.Notethatthisisalsoagoodtimetoinspectandlubetheupperbearing.Thebearing
shouldbecleanandfreeofanydamage,andshouldnothaveanynoticeableslack.Bearingdesignson
Showaswillvary.Contactusifanewbearingisrequired.Thisbearingshouldbelubedusingwaterproof
grease.Ifthebearingrequiresreplacingitwillneedtobepressedinandout.Thereisasmallringclip
andinsertwithintheshockbody,sothebearingcanonlyberemovedandinstalledfromoneside.

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25. Toinspectorreplacethesealheadorbumper,ortoreconfigurethecurrentvalvestack,theshaftnut
abovethepistonhastoberemoved.Todothis,theshaftpeen(thesmashingormushroomingofthe
shaftend)justabovethenuthastobegroundoff.Donotattempttoremovethenutwithoutfully
removingthispeen.Thispeencanbefiledorgroundoffusingavarietyofmachines,(grinder,Dremel,
beltsanderetc.).Besuretoprotectandatleastcovertherestoftheassemblywhiledoingsoto
preventdamagefromtoolslippageandfrommetalfilings.Notethatitiscommontohavetogrindinto
thenutinordertofullyremoveallthedistortionfromthepeen.Alsonotethatsometunerswillpack
theendholeoftheshaftwithgreasetopreventanydebrisfromenteringtheshafttube.

26. Withtheshaftevenlygroundandthepeenremoved,placethelowerlugoftheshaftintoaviceand
removethenut.Ifthenutdoesnotremovefreely,someadditionalgrindingmaybenecessary.

27. Attempttoslidetheshimsandpistonassemblyoffoftheshaft.Itmaybenecessarytolightlygrindor
fileanyedgesthatremainattheendoftheshaftinordertoremovetheshimsandpiston.

Note:Asyouremovethewashers,shimstacksandpiston,takeextremecautioninnotingtheposition
andlayoutofeachofthesepartsandbeawarethatmanyshimscansticktogetherandfeelasone.If
youdontplanonbreakingthestackdown,protecttheirorderbyslidingtheshimsontoarodor
keepingthemgroupedwithaziptie.Alsonotethepositionofthepistonastowhichendisup.The
shimsonthetopofthepistonarethereboundstacks(thesehavethesmallerfaceshims)andtheshim
stacksonthebottomofthepistonarethecompressionshims,(thesehavelargerfaceshims).

28. Withthepistonassemblyremoved,youcannowslidethesealheadoffoftheshaft.Inspectthebushing,
thesealsandtheouteroring.Sealsheadshouldbereplacedorfullyservicedatleastonceayearevenif
thebikeisnotusedveryfrequently.Thesealsorsealheadshouldbereplacedmoreoftenifthebikeis
usedinracingorriddenfrequently.ForShowashocks,completenewOEMsealheadsarenotavailable.
However,Showaoffersaheadcasewiththebushinginplace,asealkit,andtheouterring.Allofthese
itemsshouldbereplacedifthesealheadshowsanywear.ContactSMARTPerformancetoobtainthese
partsorforadditionaldetailsonShowapartsandsealheadparts.

29. Atthisstage,itsbesttocleanupthethreadsoftheshockshaft.ChasingthethreadswithaM12x1.25
dieishighlyrecommended.Ittheexistingnutistobeused,itshouldfullycleanedandtestedonthe
shaft.Anewnutmayberequiredbutisnotnecessary.Chasingthenutthreadsisrecommended.Itmay
alsobenecessarytoslightlycountersinktheholeintheshafttocleanuptheedgeleftfromthe
grinding.Wealsorecommendthatyoudoasolventflushintotheshaftholetoremoveanydebris.Keep
theshaftendpointeddownwhendoingsoandalwaysfollowupasolventflushwithcompressedair.
Note:Usingonlycompressedair,insteadofasolventflush,mayforceparticlesfurtherintheshaftend.

30. Youmayalsowanttoconsiderreplacingtherubberbumper.Thebumpershouldbesoftfromtopto
bottomwithnoscaldingorflaking,and/ormissingchucks.Replaceifquestionable.

31. Withtheshaftfreeofthepiston,sealheadandbumper(andbottomcup)fullyinspectthesurfaceofthe
rod.Wealsorecommendthattheshaftbetestedforstraightnesswiththeuseofaflatsurfaceand
feelergaugeorlatheanddialmicrometer.Theshaftcanalsobepolishedbyspinningtheshaftwithina

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latheorpowerdrill,whileworkinga2500gritclothorpaperontothesurface.Wealsorecommend
finishingwitha3Morequivalentcrocuscloth.Alwayscleanthesurfaceoftheshaftwithasolventafter
polishinguntilnomoreresidualcompoundisfound.Donotpolishashaftthatdoesnothaveany
imperfections.

32. Withtheshaftfullycleaned,installtherebuilt,cleanedornewsealheadassemblyontotheshaft.This
shouldbedonewithaspecialtoolthathelpstopreventthesealedgefromgettingcaughtortornfrom
thesharpedgeoftheshaft.However,ifdoneslowlyandcautiously,thesealheadcanberotatedand
presseddownatanangle,workingthelipofthesealovertheedgeoftheshaft.Somelubricationshould
alsobeused.NEVERuseanyplasticwraparoundtheshaftwheninstallingthesealhead.

33. Installthepistonassemblywithalltheshimsandwashersintheiroriginalorder.Keepinmindthatthe
compressionsideofthepistonfacesthesealhead.Alsodoublecheckthatthebumprubber,cupand
bottomoutplatehasbeeninstalled.

34. Withthethreadsandshaftnutfullycleaned,applyonetotwodropsofachemicalthreadlock,(suchas
redLoctite).Torquethenutto25ftpounds(300inchpounds).Allowthelockingcompoundtodry.

Atthisstage,therearetwooptionstoreassembletheshock.Thefirstoption,themoretraditional
approach,involvesfillingtheshockwithfluidasyouaddthevariousassembliesbackintotheshock.The
secondoptionistoassembletheshockdry,bleedingtheshock,thenclosingitupviathecompression
assemblycapasyourfinalstage.Becauseofourconfidenceinthisnewprocess,thisistheonlyprocess
nowlistedwithinourprocedures.

Note:Someofthefollowingstepsand/orproceduresarepatentedandownedbySMARTPerformance
Incorporated.Thesepatentsmayextendtovarioustoolingorproductsnotpresentedinthisprocedure.
Wefullywelcomeandencouragetheuseoftheseprocedurestoallprofessionalsandnonprofessional
alike,butweaskthattheynotberepublishedwithoutpriorconsent,andthatanyadditionalmeans
usedwithinthisprocessbyverifiedbySMARTPerformancebeforemakingpubic.

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REBUILDINGTHESHOCKANALTERNATIVEPROCESSbySMARTPERFORMANCE

1. Mountthetopofshockbodyintoaholdingdeviceorvice(thecompressionadjustor
remainsout)andinstallthebladder.Notethatyoumayhavetofillthebladderwithasmall
amountofnitrogentokeepthebladderinanoncollapsedstate.Installthemetalringand
pullthebladdercapupintopositionandrepositionthevalvetothestampmarkingmade
earlier.Note:Itisalsoagoodideatoapplysomegreasetothebottomedgeofthebladder
andoftenbetweenthebladderandthecap.

2. Atthisstage,alsodoublecheckthatyouhaveallofthehardwareinstalledontheshaft
beneaththesealhead(bumper,cup,bottomoutetc.)andverifythecorrectinstallationof
thepiston.

Note:Youmayneedtoapplysometapeoraziptiebetweenthesealheadandbottomcap
tokeeptheseitemsoutofthewaywhileinstallingtherodandsealheadintotheshock
body.

3. Applyasmallfilmofsuspensionfluidintotheshockbodyandtheouteredgeoftheseal
head.Theninstallthepistonassemblyandshockheadintotheshockbody.Thesealhead
willneedtobepresseddownintotheshockbodywitheitheraspecialsealheadinstallation
toolorbyusingapunchorscrewdriverandalighthammerormallet.Alternatetheposition
ofthepunchasthesealheadoringworkspasttheedgeoftheshockbodyandinnerring
grove.

4. Withthesealheaddownintotheshockbodyfarenoughtofullyexposethesnapringgrove,
installthesnapringbyplacingtheringattheouteredgeoftheshockbodyandsliding
down.Trynottoallowtheringoranytoolstogobeyondtheringgroveastopreventany
damagetotheshockbody.Doublechecktheringisfullyseatedinitsgrove.Theringshould
snapintothegroveandnotwanttomoveorrotate.Ifnot,replacethesnapring.Inspectthe
installationoftheringcloselybeforeproceeding.

5. Lifttheendoftheshaftupwards,forcingtheedgeofthesealheadtoseatormeetupwith
thesnapring.Youcannowpress(lighthammer)thebumperplatebackintotheshockbody.
Werecommendthattheholeoftheplatefaceforwardtoallowanywaterthatmaybuildup
toproperlydrain.

6. Removetheshockfromtheviceandremountsothattheshockbodyislayingflatwiththe
compressionadjustorholefacingupwards.

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7. Atthisstageyouwilladdyourfluidintothecompressionadjustorhole,butbefore
proceeding,werecommendthatyourfluidbefreeofanyairbubblesbeforefillingupthe
shock.Notethatanyfluidtransfersbetweencontainersandfromcontainertoshockbe
donesowithslowandgradualmovements.Neverallowfluidtosplashorpourintoitselfas
thiswillcreatesmallbubbles.

Pourthefluidintothecompressionadjustorholeandcontinuetofilltheshockuntilno
morefluidcanbeaddedandtherearenomorebubbles(largeorsmall)thatcontinuetorise
upwards.Dontworryaboutgettingalltheairoutatthisstageyouonlyneedtoremove
themajorityoftheairandaddmostofthefluid.

8. Next,pickupthecompressionassemblyandturnthelowspeedallthewayout,counter
clockwise.

9. Holdtheuppercapofthecompressionassemblyinaviceorwithinasetofpliers,thenturn
thehighspeedadjustorin(clockwise)untiltheunitnolongerrotates.Then,whilestill
holdingthetopoftheassembly,holdtheunitoverasmalltowelandthenrotatethehigh
speednutabout1fullturn.Thiswillforcethelowerhalfofthecompressionassemblyaway
fromtheuppercap.Thehighspeednutwillremainwithintheuppercap.

WARNING:Thereisasmallpinandwasherthatsitswithinthetopcapassembly.Beverycareful
nottolosethispinandthewasherasthetwohalvesoftheassemblyareseparated.

10. Placethelowerportionofthecompressionassemblyofftothesideandexaminetheupper
capfortheplacementofthepin.Ifthepinandwasherarestillinplace,taptheunitsothat
boththepinandwasherfalloutofplace.Becarefulnotthedamagethetipofthelowspeed
adjustor.Itsbestjusttoshakethecap.Nevertapthetipoftheneedle).Tapthetopofthe
captohelpjarthepinlose.Placethepinandwasherofftoasafelocation.

11. Takethecompressionassemblycap(withoutthelowersection,thewasherandthepin)and
screwitbackontotheshock,farenoughthatthecaporingseatsintotheshockbody,
sealinguptheshock.Donotexpectthecaptostoporbottomout.

12. Withtheshockstillintheclampandinthisposition,chargethebladderwithabout20PSIof
nitrogen.

13. Thenpositionyourselfattheshaftendoftheshockassembly.Thenslowlyworktheshaftin
andoutoftheshock,rotatingtheshaftaboutaturnforeachcycle.Repeatthisabout15
to20times.Thepressureintheshockwillkeepthesealheadinpositionandhelptoforce
thefluidtotheothersideofthepiston.Rotatingtheshaftwhilecyclingitwillhelpto
removeanytrappedairbubbleswithinthepiston.Alighttapwithamalletmayfurther
assisttoreleaseanytrappedbubbles.

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14. Withtheshaftfullyextended,releasethepressurewithinthebladder.

15. Removethecompressionassemblycap.Allowtheshocktosituntilallthesmallbubblesare
clear.Thistakesabout15minutes.

16. Filltheshockwithadditionalfluid,uptothebrimoftheadjustorassemblyhole.Whenno
moreoilcanbeadded,placethepalmofyourhandovertheadjustorassemblyholewhile
removingtheshockbodyfromthevice,(getathirdhandorgetcreative).Withyourhand
securelyclampedoverthehole,rotatetheshockupwards.Thiswillbringoutanyairthat
resideswithinthereservoir.Thenbringtheshockbacktoaflatposition,addmorefluid,
thenrepeat.Continuetorepeatthisprocessuntilnomorefluidcanbeaddedtotheshock.
Ifthisstageisdonecorrectly,anyairtrappedwithinthereservoirorshockbodyshouldrise
up,andanyoilwithinthereservoirandshockbodyshouldremainintact.Keeptherotations
oftheshockbodyeitheruprightorflatastokeepanybubblesfromenteringbackintothe
shockbody.Afterafewrunsofthis,youllknowwhenthereisnomoreairwithintheshock
andthattheshockisfilledwithmaximumfluid.

17. Withtheshockbackintothevice,layingflatwiththeoillevelfilledtothebrimoftheshock,
wraptheshockwithatowelaroundtheneckbetweentheshockbodyandthereservoir.
Thenslowlydipthelowersectionofthecompressionassemblyintotheshockbody,seating
itdownintotheshockbody.Someslightpressuremayberequired,buttheunitwillfallinto
placerelativelyeasily.

18. Topoftheshockwithmorefluidifnecessary.Thenaddthehighspeedcompressionspring.
Makesurethatthespringseatinthelowerassemblyisinplacebeforeinstallingthespring.

19. Taketheuppercapandreinstallthepinandwasher.Applyingabitofgreaseonthepinand
washerwillhelptokeeptheseinplace.Then,holdtheouteredgeofthecapandrotatethe
highspeednutoutwards(counterclockwise)untilitstops.

20. Withuppercap(assembly)inhand,notethesmallholeattheouteredge.Takeacolored
markerandmakeamarkatthetopofthecapjustabovethishole.

21. Withtheshockfullyfilledtothebrim,slowlyrotatethecompressionassemblycapoverand
ontopofthespring.Payverycloseattentionthatthewasherorpindidnotdislodgeandfall
outofthecapandintotheshock.

22. Withoutscrewingthecapintotheshockbody,rotatethecapsothecoloredmark,(noting
thebleedhole)isatthetopoftheshock.Theoringwillremainabovetheshockbody.

23. Withthecompressionassemblyhelddownandinplacetotheshockbody,slightlytipthe
shockbodyup(about2to5degreessothatthebleedholeisslightlyhigherthanthebackof
thecap.

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24. Thenslowlyaddasmallamountofpressuretothebladder.Asmallhandpumpmaybebest
atthisstage.Thiswillforcetheair,andasmallamountoffluidoutofthebleedhole.

25. Whennomorebubblesemerge,rotatethecapintotheshockbodyandtighten.Donot
releasethepressurewithinthebladderbeforedoingso.Notethatasthecapturnsintothe
shockbody,thecapwillmeetupthenpressontothelowercompressionassembly.Shortly
afterwards,itwillthenlock.Fullytightenthecapatthisstage.

WARNING:Ifatanypointthecapdoesnoteasilyscrewin,donotforceit.Alwayslookand
feelforproperalignmentandcrossthreading.

26. Chargethebladderwithabout50to100PSIofnitrogen.

27. Turnthelowspeedscrewallthewayin,clockwise.

28. Turnthehighspeedscrewinuntilresistanceisfeltagainstthespring,oruntilthenutno
longerturns.Ifthenutcontinuestoturn,thecompressionassemblywillneedtobe
removedandbrokendownandreinstalledwithmoreattentiontokeepingthepininplace.
DONOTforgettoreleasethepressurewithinthebladderbeforeremovingthecompression
assembly.

29. Usingyournitrogensource,fillandemptythebladderabout5to10times,(about10to
20PSI)thendoafinalfillusingazerolossreleasechuck.Yournitrogenpressureswillvary
dependingonyourweightandneeds.Donotassumeaonechargefitsallapproach.A
nitrogenchargecanbeusedtofinetunetheperformanceandcharacteristicsofthebike,so
ifyouhaveanyquestionsinvolvingthismatter,pleasefeelfreetocontactusorusethe
followingtable.SeenextpageforpressurerecommendationsforusewiththeSMART
Performance215/VM2K5fluid.

30. Setrebound,lowspeedandhighspeedadjustors.

31. Reinstallthespring,thebottomring,andthelocksnapring.Thenresetthepreloadringsto
thepreloadnotedbeforebreakdown.

32. Iftheshockhasaneedlebearingwithinthetopmount,removetherace,cleanthenlube
withawaterresistantgrease.

33. Reinstallshockonbike.

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NitrogenPressureRecommendations

LightRiderLightApplication 130to135PSI
LightRiderHeavyApplication 135to140PSI
MediumRiderLightApplication 140to145PSI
MediumRiderHeavyApplication 140to145PSI
HeavyRiderLightApplication 145to150PSI
HeavyRiderHeavyApplication 150to165PSI

Ifexcessivehardbottomingoccursatasuitablesagsetting,addmorenitrogen.Iftheshockfeelstoo
harshortoostiffattheendofthestroke,orifthereboundrateattheendofthestrokeistoorapid,
thenlowerthenitrogenpressure.

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215/VM2-K5 VIBRATION CANCELLATION FLUID


PRODUCT DATA SHEET

DESCRIPTION
SMART Performance 215/VM2-K5 is a scientifically engineered suspension liquid that replaces conventional suspension fluid used in
hydraulic based damping systems. 215/VM2-K5 provides a host of benefits that cannot be obtained from the use of conventional high
performance fluids or solely from re-valves. 215/VM2-K5 is the easiest and least expensive method to get performance from a stock
suspension that matches or exceeds the quality of some of the best suspensions in the world.

BENEFITS
z Significantly reduces or eliminates arm pump, blisters and rider fatigue.

z Controls blow-through and over-stroking providing more control and stability.

z Increases forward speed and decreases lap times.

z Makes the bike feel ultra smooth and plush.

z Increases rider confidence.

z Significantly lowers static friction between seals and bushings.

z Radically extends the life of fork and shock bushings. On many designs, bushings will no longer wear.

z Will not, shake-off of internal components regardless of suspension velocity.

z Provides more control at faster speeds.

z Nearly eliminates the build-up of contamination from the internal rubbing of the fork spring.

z Performance will not degrade or shift over time regardless of abuse or heat. Contains no polymers or fillers.

z Oil lose on shock shaft is dramatically reduced over conventional shock fluid, maximizing service intervals.

z Provides significantly improved bottoming performance reducing rider fatigue and decreases likeliness of injury from casing or flat
landing.
z Service life is 200 to 280 hours.

APPLICATION
SMART Performance 215/VM2-K5 is available in three formulas: SPI-3, SPI-4 and SPI-5. Use SPI-3 in the upper chamber of twin
chamber forks, the shock and all open bath forks for most motocross and woods applications. SPI-4 can be used in the upper chamber
and open bath forks for freestyle applications or for off-road bikes (WR, CRFX, KLX, DR) that require maximum velocity control such as
desert racing. SPI-4 can also be used as a low temperature lower chamber fluid. SPI-5 is for use in the lower chamber as a maximum
duty fluid for nearly all warm weather applications. 215/VM2-K5 may not be ideal for use with small port aftermarket piston designs.

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