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Front fork or rear shock ? Forks can be rebuilt with new sale,bushes and oil some rear shocks can be rebuilt but usually only good makes like white power and Ohlins.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

  • adam bikedoc Apr 12, 2015

    either way there isn't supposed to leaking out and if bad enough can fail an mot for that.



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