FORK- 2017 40mm

FORK- 2017 40mm

Travel

 

203mm

 

Features/Adjustments

 

Factory Series: FIT HSC/LSC damper.

Performance Elite Series: FIT4 LSC damper.

Lower leg

 

20mm pinch axle

203mm direct post style disc brake mounting.

Spring

Factory FLOAT w/self-adjusting negative air or Performance Elite w/Ti coil spring.

Riding style

Downhill/ FR


For general information and installation instructions click here »

Before You Ride

Make sure that your fork is ready to ride

  1. Check that your 20mm axle and pinch bolts are properly adjusted and tightened to 19 in-lb (2.1 Nm).
  2. Inspect the entire exterior of your fork. The fork should not be used if any of the exterior parts appear to be damaged. Contact your local dealer or FOX for further inspection and repair.
  3. Check your headset adjustment. If loose, adjust it accordingly to your bicycle manufacturer's recommendations.
  4. Check that all brake cables or hoses are properly fastened.
  5. Test the proper operation of your front and rear brakes on level ground.
  6. Before every race or ride, clean the outside of your fork with only mild soap and water, and wipe dry with a soft dry rag. Do not spray water directly into the seal/upper tube junction. Do not use a high pressure washer on your fork.


Setting Fork Air Pressure (Factory Series)

40 FLOAT maximum air pressure is 120psi/ 8.3 bar

Sag should be set to 15 – 20% of total fork travel

To achieve the best performance from your FOX suspension, adjust the air pressure to attain your proper sag setting. Sag is the amount your suspension compresses under your weight and riding gear. Sag range should be set to 15–20% of total fork travel.

 

  1. Unscrew the blue air cap on top of the left fork leg counter-clockwise to expose the Schrader valve. 40-sag-range.jpg
  2. Attach a FOX High Pressure Pump to the Schrader valve.
  3. Pump your fork to the appropriate pressure as listed in the 'Suggested starting points for setting sag' table below, then remove the pump.
  4. Using your forks sag setting o-ring on the left upper tube (or temporarily install a zip tie to the upper tube), slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.
  5. Rotate the LSC adjuster fully counter-clockwise.
  6. Dressed to ride (including a filled hydration pack, if you use one), position your bike next to a wall or table to support yourself. Mount your bicycle. Assume your riding position for at least 10 seconds, allowing the suspension to fully settle. Make sure you distribute your weight evenly between the saddle, handlebars and pedals.
  7. While in your riding position, slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.
  8. Dismount your bike without bouncing, to avoid further moving the o-ring or zip tie. Measure the distance between the dust wiper and the o-ring or zip tie. This is your sag measurement. Suggested sag measurements are listed in the table below.
  9. Add or remove air pressure until your sag measurement is between 15-20% of your forks total travel.
  10. Repeat steps 4-8 and recheck sag measurement.
  11. When sag measurement is correct, screw the blue air cap on clockwise until snug.

 

Suggested Starting Points for Setting Sag
Rider Weight (lbs) Rider Weight (kgs) FLOAT Pressure (psi/ bar)
120-130 54-59 49psi/ 3.4 bar
130-140 59-64 53psi/ 3.6 bar
140-150 64-68 57psi/ 3.9 bar
150-160 68-73 61psi/ 4.2 bar
160-170 73-77 65psi/ 4.5 bar
170-180 77-82 69psi/ 4.7 bar
180-190 82-86 73psi/ 5.0 bar
190-200 86-91 76psi/ 5.2 bar
200-210 91-95 80psi/ 5.5 bar
210-220 95-100 84psi/ 5.8 bar
220-230 100-104 88psi/ 6.1 bar
230-240 104-109 92psi/ 6.3 bar
240-250 109-113 96psi/ 6.6 bar

 

Suggested Sag Measurements
Travel 15% sag (Firm) 20% sag (Plush)
203mm 30mm (1.2in) 41mm (1.6in)


Setting Coil Spring Preload (Performance Elite Series)

Sag should be set to 15 – 20% of total fork travel

To achieve the best performance from your FOX suspension, adjust the air pressure to attain your proper sag setting. Sag is the amount your suspension compresses under your weight and riding gear. Sag range should be set to 15–20% of total fork travel.

 

  1. Using your forks sag setting o-ring on the left upper tube (or temporarily install a zip tie to the upper tube), slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.
    40-sag-range.jpg
  2. Rotate the LSC adjuster fully counter-clockwise.
  3. Dressed to ride (including a filled hydration pack, if you use one), position your bike next to a wall or table to support yourself. Mount your bicycle. Assume your riding position for at least 10 seconds, allowing the suspension to fully settle. Make sure you distribute your weight evenly between the saddle, handlebars and pedals.
  4. While in your riding position, slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.
  5. Dismount your bike without bouncing, to avoid further moving the o-ring or zip tie. Measure the distance between the dust wiper and the o-ring or zip tie. This is your sag measurement. Suggested sag measurements are listed in the table below.
    • If your sag measurement is less than the desired 15-20% of total travel, turn your preload knob counter-clockwise one full turn and repeat steps 1-5 to measure sag again. Repeat if necessary.
    • If your sag measurement is more than the desired 15-20% of total travel, turn your preload knob clockwise one full turn and repeat steps 1-5 to measure sag again. Repeat if necessary.
    • If you cannot achieve desired sag with your current coil spring, go to Changing the Coil Spring (40 Performance Elite Series)»

 

Suggested Sag Measurements
Travel 15% sag (Firm) 20% sag (Plush)
203mm 30mm (1.2in) 41mm (1.6in)


Adjusting Rebound

Rebound controls how fast the fork extends after compressing

The rebound adjustment is dependent on the air pressure or coil spring setting. For example, higher air pressures or stiffer coils require more rebound damping.

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Use your air pressure to find your rebound setting. Turn your rebound knob to the closed position (full clockwise) until it stops. Then back it out (counter-clockwise) to the number of clicks shown in the table below.

 

40 Rebound Settings
FLOAT Pressure (psi) FIT4 LSC FIT HSC/LSC
<54 9+ 13+
49-57 8 12
57-65 7 10
65-73 6 8
73-80 5 6
80-88 4 4
88-96 2 2
>96 0 0

 

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Adjust rebound until when tested, the fork returns quickly but does not top out.

Top out is felt when a fork fully extends too quickly and comes to an abrupt stop when it reaches full extension (you will hear/feel a small noise). Top out should be avoided through proper rebound setting.



Factory Series HSC/LSC Compression Adjusters

Independently Control High and Low Speed Compression

Adjusting your high and low speed compression setting controls how the fork feels as it's compressed through its travel under various types of hits. Use your high and low speed compression adjusters to tune the fork to meet your riding style and terrain.

 

High-speed compression (HSC) adjustment is useful to control fork performance during bigger hits, landings, and square-edged bumps.

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Low-speed compression (LSC) adjustment is useful to control fork performance during rider weight shifts, G-outs, and other slow inputs.

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FOX recommends beginning with the High-speed and Low-speed compression set 15 clicks out (counter-clockwise) from closed (full clockwise). 

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Performance Elite LSC Compression Adjuster

Adjusting your low-speed compression setting controls how the fork feels as it's compressed through its travel under various types of hits. Use your low speed compression adjusters to tune the fork to meet your riding style and terrain.

 

Low-speed compression (LSC) adjustment is useful to control fork performance during rider weight shifts, G-outs, and other slow inputs.

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FOX recommends beginning with the Low-speed compression set 12 clicks out (counter-clockwise) from closed (full clockwise). 

40-LSC-chart.jpg



Tuning with Air Volume Spacers (Factory only)

Changing volume spacers in the 40 FLOAT fork is an easy internal adjustment that allows you to change the amount of mid stroke and bottom out resistance.

  • If you have set your sag correctly and are using full travel (bottoming out) too easily, then you could install one or more spacers to increase bottom out resistance.

  • If you have set your sag correctly and are not using full travel, then you could remove one or more spacers to decrease bottom out resistance.

 

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*DO NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF VOLUME SPACERS LISTED ABOVE!

  • 40mm FLOAT volume spacer PN: 234-04-726 is red and has a volume of 10cc

 40 NA2 topcap with spacers .75 veiwa.jpg

The following instructions guide you through the removal or installation of the FLOAT volume spacers.

  1. Remove the blue air topcap (black on Stealth models).
  2. Release all air pressure from the fork by depressing the Schrader valve.
  3. Carefully unthread the topcap from the fork with a 6-point chamfer-less 32mm socket (available from FOX PN: 398-00-605).
  4. Pull up to remove the topcap from the fork crown.
  5. Slide the air volume spacer or spacers horizontally to install or remove from the topcap.
  6. Reinstall the topcap into the fork crown and tighten to 220 in-lb (24.8 Nm) torque with your 6-point chamfer-less 32mm socket.
  7. Add air pressure to your desired setting using a FOX high pressure pump. See the Setting Fork Air Pressure section for more information. 


WARNING: Never attempt to modify air volume spacers, as this can damage your fork causing a loss of control of the bicycle leading to SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH.

WARNING: FOX suspension products contain pressurized nitrogen, air, oil, or all 3. Suspension misuse can cause property damage, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. DO NOT puncture, incinerate or crush any portion of a FOX suspension product. DO NOT attempt to disassemble any portion of a FOX suspension product, unless expressly instructed to do so by the applicable FOX technical documentation, and then ONLY while strictly adhering to all FOX instructions and warnings in that instance.

WARNING: Modification, improper service, or use of aftermarket replacement parts with FOX forks and shocks may cause the product to malfunction, resulting in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. DO NOT modify any part of a fork or shock, including the fork brace (lower leg cross brace), crown, steerer, upper and lower leg tubes, or internal parts, except as instructed herein. Any unauthorized modification may void the warranty, and may cause failure or the fork or shock, resulting in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

Changing the Coil Spring (40 Performance Elite Series)

If necessary, changing coils can help you achieve proper sag.

 

40 Van Spring Information
FOX Part # Spring Rate  Color Code Rider Weight
lbs kgs
039-05-130-KIT 30 lb/in Black <90–115 <40-52
039-05-131-KIT 35 lb/in Purple 115–155 52-70
039-05-132-KIT 40 lb/in Blue (stock) 155–180 70-82
039-05-133-KIT 45 lb/in Green 180–210 82-95
039-05-134-KIT 50 lb/in Yellow 210–240+ 95-109+

 

  1. Turn your preload knob counter-clockwise until it comes to a stop.
  2. With a chamfer-less 6-point 32mm (or 1-1/4 in.) socket, loosen (counter-clockwise) and remove the 40 VAN preload topcap and the 3 spring spacers.
    • Do not attempt to do this with any other tool than that described above as damage to your topcap can occur.
  3. Compress the fork slightly to expose the coil spring. Pull the spacers and spring up to remove them.
  4. Take note of the color code on your original and replacement springs.
  5. Lightly coat your new spring with Slick Honey™ and install the new spring (shrink-wrapped portion at the top) by dropping it into the upper tube and pressing down to engage the spring perch. Reinstall the spring spacers.
  6. Install the 40 VAN preload topcap and torque to 220 in-lb (24.86 Nm) with your chamfer-less 6-point 32mm (or 1-1/4 in.) socket.
  7. Repeat steps 1-5 of the Setting Coil Spring Preload section above.


Using the Air Release Buttons

Make sure that your fork is running with the lowest friction possible

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The Air Release Button at the rear of each fork leg allows the rider to equilize the air pressure between the inside of the fork lower leg and the atmosphere. This can be especially helpful at higher altitudes where the internal/external pressure differential can be its greatest. 

  • Make sure your fork is in an upright position and the exterior is clean of any dirt/debris.
  • Always cover the Air Release Buttons with a rag before pressing to prevent any oil spray.
  • Make sure to hold the buttons down for at least 5-10 seconds to allow for all air to be released.


Service Intervals

Make sure to properly maintain your fork

To best maintain the performance and durability of your product under normal use, FOX recommends that you have regular fork and shock maintenance performed according to the service intervals listed below.

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*For those who ride lift-accessed DH, Park, or Extreme Freeride or in extremely wet/muddy or dry/dusty environmental conditions where trail debris is sprayed onto the fork or shock while on the trail, FOX encourages riders to perform maintenance earlier than recommended above as needed. If you hear, see, or feel something unusual, stop riding immediately and contact a FOX Authorized Service Center for proper servicing.



WARNING: FOX products should be serviced by a qualified bicycle service technician, in accordance with FOX specifications. If you have any doubt whether or not you can properly service your FOX product, then DO NOT attempt it. Improperly serviced products can fail, causing the rider to lose control resulting in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.


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