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Any damage or issues resulting from improper service will not be covered by warranty. If you have a shock still in its original warranty period and do not wish to void your warranty, please contact an authorized Cane Creek service center.
These service instructions cover the basic service procedures using standard service kits. If your suspension requires parts beyond standard replacement parts – shaft, damper tubes, end eyes – please consult your authorized Cane Creek service center or contact us at our Cane Creek Support Center.
The Air IL and Coil IL as well as the Standard and Trunnion variants of both share many service steps. Some images in these instructions may not be identical to the the valve body or outer damper tube on the Coil IL Standard, but that is only when the process is the same for the shock in the image and the shock on your bench.
BAD2370 – DBcoil IL Rebuild Kit (standard)
AAD1101-01 – Keith Cradle (for standard valve body)
BAD1032 – Gland Nut Wrench
BAD1174 – Oil Seal Head Pin Spanner Wrench
.DBT010 – DB 8mm Shaft Thread Cover (included in Rebuild Kit)
BAD1268 – Inline – Oil Fill Needle Adaptor
DBT016 – DB Gas Fill Needle
AAD0555 – 8mm & 9.5mm Shaft Clamp
BAD1273 – Inner Damper Tube Install Tool (required for Trunnion service, optional for standard service)
Torque & Loctite Chart
***Use caution as nitrogen is pressurized.***
Loosen gas fill cover half a turn with 4mm Allen. Bleed gas with gas fill needle. Remove gas fill cover completely. Use pick to pry out gas fill plug.
Always use extreme caution when using a pick in this step or others to avoid scratching metal parts. Failure to do this can create scratches in the o-ring glands which cause leak paths for oil or gas. When possible, pinch and remove o-rings rather than using a pick.
If damper tube is damaged, there is a leak between the tube and valve body or just to aid service, the inner damper tube can be remove.
Using Inner Damper Tool Wrench (BAD1273), remove inner damper from valve body. Inspect damper tube threads and remove any remaining Loctite with pick. Clean thoroughly if not replacing. Remove valve body o-ring and discard.
Unthread spool valve capture screw with 1.5mm Allen. Using 3mm Allen, dial High Speed adjusters in to gain access to High Speed circlips. Remove circlips. Back High Speed adjusters all the way out. Remove and discard o-rings on adjusters.
Note that the Compression spring is 20wt (silver), rebound is 30wt (black).
Unthread Low Speed Compression needle on spool valve with 3mm Allen and remove. Remove and discard o-rings on needle. Depress spool valve detent with razor blade to free spool valve. Remove detent and unthread spool valve. Remove and discard spool valve o-ring.
Gently bottom out Low Speed Rebound needle with 3mm Allen. Using pick, work circlip below retaining shelf all the way to needle. Back needle out 5-7 clicks and then rebottom needle to gain access to circlip. Using pick centered on circlip, pry up diagonally to pull circlip past shelf and remove. Unthread and remove needle. Remove and discard o-ring.
TSN service is not required as part of a standard IL service. However, if the shock exhibits any audible sounds, usually a “chirp”, during use, this could be related to a bent TSN spring. No additional parts are required to do the TSN service.
Clevis bikes require a solid shaft. Solid shafts can be identified by sticker or laser etching on the end eye. When end eye is removed, shaft can also be inspected to confirm. The three types of shafts – hollow, pinned (hollow shaft with insert), solid – pictured here.
TSB032 – COIL IL Damper Shaft Update
Reassemble shim stack, flipping face shim if necessary, and reinstall stop washer, shim stack and piston on shaft. Add one drop of blue Loctite (243) on the shaft threads. Install shaft bolt with T25. Torque to 5 Nm.
When installing the piston bolt, keep downward pressure on the piston with your other hand to prevent any Loctite from getting between the piston and face shim.
Rebound TSN stem has a small bleed port. Reinstall poppet, piston, and shim, noting the correct orientation for rebound: On piston, small ports face poppet; large ports face shim. Thread spring onto stem.
TSB010 – DB COIL IL Rebound piston orientation
Thread spool valve into Low Speed Compression on valve body. Thread until full bottom out. Install detent plunger and spring. Depress detent plunger and back out spool valve half to one and a half turns to capture detent in track. Ensure spool valve can fully reach both open and closed positions. Reinstall capture screw on spool valve with blue Loctite (243). Torque to .16 Nm with 1.5mm Allen.
Apply a small amount of grease on the Rebound (no laser etching) needle hole and reinstall spring and detent balls (ball-spring-ball). Press, then thread Rebound needle into Low Speed Rebound on valve body. Thread past circlip shelf. Confirm presence of detent clicks at this point. Install circlip into groove. Back needle out gently to ensure proper seatment of circlip.
Lightly grease and install o-ring (AAD0955) on valve body. Ensure o-ring is fully seated in groove. Clamp valve body end eye in vise. Ensure all old Loctite is removed from inner damper tube. Apply fresh red Loctite (263) to threads. Thread inner damper tube into valve body. Using inner damper tube wrench, torque to 17 Nm.
If not already installed, lightly grease and install o-ring (AAD0955) on valve body. Ensure o-ring is fully seated in groove. Set valve body in Keith Cradle or clamp end eye. Apply thin layer of shock oil to outer damper tube. Press and rotate outer damper tube into valve body until seated on o-ring.
Apply thin layer of shock oil to piston band on shaft assembly. Use piston to apply layer of shock oil to inner surface of outer damper tube. Insert shaft assembly into inner damper tube, threading oil seal head into outer damper tube. Using Oil Seal Head Wrench, tighten oil seal head to 15 Nm. Ensure all three pins are properly seated and even pressure is applied to tool to prevent damaging tool pins. Reinstall preload collar on outer damper tube.
Place upper end eye on bladder. Do not push end eye onto valve body as it can unseat the bladder. Install gland nut using an inch feed of blue Loctite (243). Set correct end eye orientation and allow gland nut to self seat the end eye. Using Gland Nut Wrench and Keith Cradle torque gland nut to 52 Nm.
Reinstall bottom out bumper on shaft. Apply red Loctite (263) to shaft and end eye. Finger tight end eye onto shaft. Work Loctite air bubbles out of end eye by going to full bottom and backing off multiple times. Clamp shaft into vise using shaft clamp. Using 1/2″ crows foot, torque end eye to 8 Nm.
Install new o-ring (AAD0532) on fill plug screw. Secure shock in horizontal position with fill port facing up. Back all adjusters to fully open and open Climb Switch. Thread Inline oil fill adaptor (BAD1268) into fill port. Fully compress damper. Attach oil fill machine per your manufacturer’s instructions.
Vacuum system to (4) mbar. Pressure with Oil to (3) bar. Slowly cycle shaft finishing with shaft fully out. Cut fill and equalize pressure. Vacuum system to (4) mbar, leaving shaft out. Pressure again with Oil to (3) bar. Slowly cycle shaft finishing with shaft fully out. Cut fill.
Leaving horizontal, disconnect fill machine. Unthread fill needle. Drip some oil on to top of fill. Install oil fill screw with T15. Insert new gas fill plug (.DB11115) leading with beveled edge. Thread gas fill plug screw in, leaving 2 threads exposed outside of the end eye.
Submerge valve body in water to check for gas leaks. Rotate spool valve to down position. Reinstall oil fill cover. Apply a drop of blue Loctite (243) to Climb Switch set screw. Install Climb Switch on spool valve and install set screw. Torque to .16 Nm with 1.5mm Allen.
Set adjusters to factory neutral: HSC & HSR 2.5 turns from full bottom (or 2 turns from full open); LSC 11 clicks from full bottom; LSR 13 from full bottom. Using hand dyno, test shock for function. Ensure Climb Switch engages and operates properly. Turn individual adjusters to test each one. Set back to original tune if desired.
If mechanical dyno equipment is available, run shock on dyno at this point.