Originally posted by FW05R
Im having trouble with the shocks they dont seem to be smooth like my xray's I built it just like the manual says and I let all the air bubbles escape and still the shocks feel really bad
Are you trying to mount the Serpent shocks onto the RRR?
The trick to assembling the shocks is when the time you lock the shock cap onto the shock body. This must be done quickly and at one go. If you spend too much time at this part, then the air might get trapped in when the shock bladder is not positioned correctly or slanted.
Some tips I always use when rebuilding shocks;
1. I always try to use the optional Serpent red shock bladders with the foam inserts. They are softer and somehow I find the fitting over the shock body better = less or zero leakage.
2. I use green slime from AE to lubricate the o rings.
3. After filling up the shock oil into the shock body, what I do is I make sure I turn the shock cap where the small o ring is at the bottom of the shock body to lock position if it's not already locked. Then I stroke the piston up and down to get all the bubbles out. Put it on a stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
4. I put the red shock bladder flat on top of the shock body and let excess shock oil come out. I do this to ensure the shock bladder sits in flat properly before I put the top shock cap onto the shock body. Also, you get to ensure that both left and right shocks are in equal pressure because of the same shock oil level in each shock body !
5. Then slowly mount the top shock cap onto the shock body where the shock bladder is sitting flat. Make sure the cap is perpendicular to the shock body and make sure the threading is secure before screwing it in. If you have a composite shock body, it's easy to strip the thread while doing this.
6. Lock the shock cap tightly. After that, test the shocks. The shocks should rebound and come out slowly and extend to it's full length. Both left and right shocks should extend at the same rate !
7. If either shocks extend faster than the other, take the faster one and loosen the shock cap below the shock body where the small o ring sits. Push the shock shaft in and you may see some excess oil coming out. Then tighten and secure back up the same shock cap below the shock body where the small o ring sits. Repeat until both shocks extend at equal rates.