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09kx250f cartridge Q

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I just replaced a fork seal, and something troubled me. I don't know the names of these parts, so forgive me. There is a a large valve type thing that slides up and down the cartridge tube. When installed this gets pushed up by the spring. Now just above that there's a washer and a small part that looks like a bushing. These are held in place by a snap ring on top. My question is: Is there supposed to be a snap ring below those bits as well? There appears to be a groove for one, but there was no snap ring in place on my fork.

I was alarmed because those parts seem to have been moving a bit and I can see wear marks on the cartridge tube just below the groove.

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no it wont have a snap ring, thats the spring seat, it will drop down when the spring is not in place, you do see scuffing in that area, can you post a pic?

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OK, the spring seat I can see should drop when the spring is missing, but what about those two little bits above it? I think they stop the spring seat from going up further? should those also be able to move down when the spring is missing?

I actually put it back together without taking a pic, but I could see scuffing on the tube in the top inch or so where the spring seat sit (spring installed).

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from top to 'bottom'

snapring

two rings

spring seat

the rings and the spring seat move freely up and down (whith spring is not installed)

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