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FIT RLC "831"

Installing Your Fork | Before You Ride | Setting Fork Air Pressure | Adjusting Rebound | Locking Out the Fork | Adjusting Lockout Force | Adjusting Low-Speed Compression | Adjusting Fork Travel | Service Intervals | Important Safety Information

total damper travel

F120 RLC: 4.7 in./120 mm

air spring travel

(Internally adjustable; factory-set @ 100 mm)

4.7 in./120 mm

4.3 in./110 mm

3.9 in./100 mm


low-speed compression, lever-actuated lockout, lockout force adjust, air spring pressure, rebound

spring/damper type


valving specially tailored for intended use

intended use

dirt jumping, four cross, dual slalom

Installing Your Fork

Be sure your fork is properly installed before proceeding. If your fork came pre-installed on your bicycle, continue to the next section.

Before You Ride

  1. Check that quick-release levers are properly adjusted and tightened.
  2. Clean the outside of your fork with only mild soap and water, and wipe dry with a soft dry rag.

    Note:  Do not use any solvents or de-greasers, as these products can cause serious damage to paint and anodized parts (upper tubes, knobs, steerers).

    Do not spray water directly on the seal/upper tube junction. Do not use a high pressure washer on your fork.

  3. 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 Racing Shox for further inspection and repair.
  4. Check your headset adjustment. If loose, adjust it accordingly to your bicycle manufacturer's recommendations.
  5. Check that all brake cables or hoses are properly fastened.
  6. Test the proper operation of your front and rear brakes on level ground.

Setting Fork Air Pressure

To get the best performance from your fork, occasionally it is necessary to readjust fork air pressure.

Note:  Setting sag is desired and necessary for proper fork performance during general XC/Trail riding. The 831 fork is not intended for general XC/Trail riding use, but for four cross racing, slalom, or dirt jumping. Therefore, the air pressure is generally not set to obtain proper sag but more for proper feel and bottom out control. The 831 fork comes with a pressure setting of 100 psi from the Fox Factory.

  1. Unscrew the blue aircap on top of the left fork leg to expose the Schrader valve.

  2. Attach a FOX Racing Shox High Pressure Pump to the Schrader valve.
  3. Pump your fork to the appropriate setting, then remove the pump.
  4. Use the Air Pressure Troubleshooting table below, for fine-tuning the air pressure for proper fork performance.
  5. Screw the blue aircap back on, and go ride.

    Air Pressure Troubleshooting



    Excessive bottoming

    (+) air pressure in 5 psi increments

    Harsh ride; full travel not utilized

    (-) air pressure in 5 psi increments

Adjusting Rebound

The red rebound adjuster knob is located at the bottom of the right fork leg. This knob has 18 clicks of adjustment range.

Rebound controls the rate of speed at which the fork extends after compressing. Turning the knob clockwise (in) slows down rebound; turning the knob counter-clockwise (out) speeds up rebound. As a starting point, turn the rebound adjuster knob all the way clockwise (full in) until it stops, then turn counter-clockwise (out) 6 clicks.

Knob Setting
(clicks out from full in)

Setting Description

Tuning Tips

Setup Tips


Slow Rebound

Too slow and your fork will pack down and ride harshly.

If you increase your spring rate or air pressure, you will need to slow down your rebound


(Factory setting)

Average Rebound



Fast Rebound

Too fast and you will experience poor traction and wheel hop.

If you decrease your spring rate or air pressure, you will need to speed up your rebound setting.

Locking Out the Fork


The blue compression lockout lever, located just below the black lockout force adjuster knob, allows you to close the compression damping circuit in the fork. This keeps the fork at the top of its travel, making it harder to compress.

Note:  When you adjust the compression lockout lever, the black lockout force adjuster knob will also move. This is normal; the lockout force adjustment setting will not be affected.

Rotate the lever fully clockwise to lockout the fork. This position is useful in climbing and sprinting situations, but will sag with the rider’s weight. The fork will "blowoff" in the event that a big hit is encountered with the fork locked out.

To unlock the fork, simply rotate the lever fully counter-clockwise.

Note:  The fork may cycle a couple of times after enabling lockout. Once complete lockout is achieved, the fork may continue to move 3 - 5 mm. This is normal, and it does not affect performance.

Adjusting Lockout Force


Even when your fork is fully locked out, there are instances when you still want your fork suspension to be active. To protect your fork's internal parts, your FOX fork will "blowoff" when it encounters an intense hit. You can adjust when the fork blows off—lockout force—by adjusting the black knob on the right-side top cap.

A convenient tuning feature of the lockout force knob is that it allows you to leave your fork in the locked out position—no more fiddling with fork controls when the trail requires your undivided attention. Although you might need to adjust the knob a few times to find the sweet spot, once it is found you can simply leave your fork locked out. Your fork will then respond to hits in the trail for example, but will be locked out when you are out of your saddle on a climb.

Turn the knob clockwise (in) to increase lockout force and counter-clockwise (out)  to decrease lockout force.

Note:  When you adjust the black lockout force adjuster knob, hold the blue compression lockout lever in place.

There are 10 clicks of adjustment. As a starting point, turn the knob all the way in clockwise until it stops, then back out one click counter-clockwise.

Adjusting Low-Speed Compression


Low-speed compression damping is adjusted with the blue bezel ring that is positioned just below the blue lockout lever. This ring has 8 clicks of adjustment range. Compression damping controls the fork compression speed. Adjust the low-speed compression with lockout off (the lockout lever turned fully counter-clockwise). The factory setting is 2 clicks out counter-clockwise, from fully in clockwise.

Knob Setting
(clicks out from full IN)

Setting Description

Tuning Tips

Setup Tips


Firm Compression

Too firm, and you will experience poor traction and wheel hop.

Resists brake dive and keeps the fork up in the travel. Too firm, and you may have poor traction in loose conditions.

(factory setting)




Soft Compression

Too soft, and your fork will pack down and ride harsh.

Maximum wheel traction and bump compliance. Too soft, and you may have excessive brake dive and a wallowy feel.

Adjusting Fork Travel

Travel on your 831 RLC fork can be changed by rearranging the internal travel spacers. After changing travel, check the fork for proper operation before riding. If there is noticeable play in the fork or if it makes strange sounds, disassemble the fork and check for the complete number and correct orientation of spacers.

Note:  The 831 fork comes from the factory preset to 100 mm of travel. The fork travel can be increased to 110 mm or 120 mm, but it cannot be increased beyond 120 mm.

Tools Required
Supplies Required

Supplies Required


Part Number

Part Name



1 qt. bottle of FOX Suspension Fluid (10 wt.)



5 cc Pillow Pack of FOX FLOAT Fluid



Crush washer



32 mm Cartridge Seal Kit (optional)

CAUTION:  With the 2010 831 fork, it is absolutely essential that the air spring assembly be removed and installed via the bottom end of the upper tube. Your failure to do so will most likely cause damage to the air piston seal.

  1. Remove the blue air cap from the top of the left fork leg. Let the air out of the fork. Remove the left top cap with a 26 mm socket 6-point socket wrench.
  2. Remove the bottom nut on the air side with a 10 mm wrench and discard the crush washer. Re-thread the bottom nut 3 or 4 turns onto the air spring assembly shaft protruding from the base of the lower leg. Do not thread the bottom nut so far back on that the air spring assembly shaft protrudes from the bottom of the nut. With a plastic mallet, gently tap the bottom of the bottom nut to free up the air spring assembly from the lower leg. Make sure you are not hitting the bottom of the air spring assembly shaft with the mallet. Remove the bottom nut and allow the oil to drain.
  3. Remove the rebound knob from the bottom of the damper side, and repeat step 2 of this procedure with the damper side. Be careful not to damage the protruding rebound adjuster assembly. It may be helpful to use a deep well 10 mm socket to reach the bottom nut after you have re-threaded it on, and then tap the hammer on the socket to loosen up the damper.
  4. Slide the lowers down and off of the upper tubes.
  5. Turn the fork upside down.
  6. Remove the first snap ring from the bottom of the air side lower leg, and pull out the negative spring plate.

    Note:  The groove around the inside edge of the plate must be facing the inside of the leg when it is installed.

  7. Remove the inside snap ring.
  8. Pull the air spring assembly out through the bottom end of the upper tube. Refer to the images below to add or remove the appropriate number of 10 mm spacers to achieve your desired amount of travel.

    Note:  Spacers snap onto the air shaft in between the negative spring guide and the topout plate.

    Travel Spacer Orientations

  9. With the fork still upside down, lubricate the U-cup seal on the air piston with FOX FLOAT Fluid and re-install the air shaft assembly into the upper tube from the bottom end. Be sure to orient the U-cup seal as shown in the air piston seal orientation drawing below. Be sure that the lip on the air piston seal is positioned towards the top.

    Air Piston Seal Orientation

  10. Push the air spring assembly halfway into the upper tube. Do not push the assembly so far that it hits the threads at the top of the upper tube.
  11. Re-install the inner snap ring and negative spring plate into the upper tube. Be sure the groove around the inside edge of the plate is facing inward.
  12. Install the outer snap ring.
  13. For the air side, measure and pour 30 cc of Fox Suspension Fluid into the upper tube through the space between the negative spring plate and air shaft.
  14. For the damper side, measure and pour 30 cc of Fox Suspension Fluid into the upper tube in the space between the upper tube and damper.
  15. Re-install the lowers halfway onto the upper tubes. Do not turn the fork right-side up to do this, or the bath oil you just poured in will spill out. Be sure the arch brace is positioned on the same side as the front of the crown.
  16. On the air side, push the air shaft assembly up until the shaft comes through the bottom hole of the lower leg. Push the lower leg down, if the air shaft assembly does not make it through. You can use a pick tool to guide the air shaft assembly through the bottom hole. Install the bottom nut with a new crush washer and tighten the nut to 50 in-lb torque.
  17. On the damper side, install the bottom nut with a new crush washer, and tighten the nut to 50 in-lb torque.
  18. Re-install the rebound knob and tighten its set screw to 11 in-lb torque.
  19. Turn the fork right-side up. Pour 5 cc of FOX FLOAT Fluid on top of the air piston.
  20. Lubricate the o-ring on the air topcap with FOX FLOAT Fluid.
  21. Re-install the topcap and tighten to 220 in-lb torque.
  22. Pump up your fork to the desired pressure and cycle it several times to check for proper operation.
  23. Re-install the blue air cap.
  24. You're done, so get out and ride.

When It Counts.

When It Counts.

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