I've opened my Reba fork (FS-REBA-RL-A6) for the 1st time to investigate an air-spring failure and found the lower legs quite difficult to separate, even after not-so-gently tapping the bottom bolts.
I've pulled them hard (by hand still, so not suuuper hard) and when the shafts suddenly separated from the lower legs, the two pieces (crown upper legs assembly and lower legs) separated abruptly, with an "air popping" sound.
No oil seemed to be in there, just some drips and some grease. Maybe that's why it was so hard to pull?
Despite the non-genlte procedure I was forced to do, all seemed good. Now... since it's my first time opening a fork, I'm in doubt if I could have damaged anything.
I'm worried about the oil damper. It sounds mushy when I move the shaft in and out. Like air is inside, mixing with and creating foam in the oil.
I guess if I've pulled too hard I could have pulled air in... is that even possible? isn't there air already in normally?
The reassembly instructions in the manual, when one refills the damper back with oil, look like they leave some air in too (pour 108 mL and just close the thing). I guess it's ok but just wanted to check with you out.
Thanks in advance!