Apply a liberal coating of slick honey on the coupler (larger) end of the bladder.CAUTION: Threading the compression piston in backwards will require starting over with new parts! As you thread the topcap onto the compression piston, apply upwards pressure on the bladder and bladder ring. Clamp the rebound assembly and with a 1/2″ crows foot torque wrench (10 mm for the 34 mm fork), tighten the rebound adjuster to 50 in-lb. You can bet that we’ll be featuring a FOX fork and shock standalone review down the road, though. Descend mode has the lightest low-speed compression damping of the two iCD modes. The bleed adapter tool (or a small socket) is handy for holding the compression rod detent ball in place as you install its spring. First impressions weren’t great. A few days in though, and we got it.
The CTD system, found on both forks and shocks, consists of three differing compression settings that can be adjusted on the fly, allowing riders to adjust the firmness of their suspension to best suit the terrain. Using a blunt tool, press the flow divider out through the bottom of the topcap. Use this setting when pedaling on undulating terrain, and for preventing excessive travel in technical riding situations (such as low-speed drops). Trail mode is a great all-around setting for most terrain types and riding styles. While gently tugging the topcap from below, you will seat the bladder in the bladder ring deep enough to install the bladder retainer and retaining ring. CAUTION: Do not pinch the bladder in the clamps!
Place the rubber tip of the Fox FIT bleeder tool (PN 803-00-276) into the adapter. Tighten the topcap onto the bladder and cartridge body assembly to 75 in-lb torque. Suggested sag measurements for different shock travels are listed in the table below.