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Name that TOOL #21

With the Manufacturer's name stamped to the tool it might be too easy... But BIKEMAN thinks he can still stump a few of you.  Think you can Name that TOOL? Tell us your story while providing the tool manufacturer, model and functionality and you could be $10 in Bikeman Bucks richer. Creativity and personal experience will always break a tie.

Name That Tool #21

We have selected a winner!   Lots of great responses to Name that TOOL #21.   With the company name printed on the tool it was pretty obvious that this was a Marzocchi suspension fork tool ... but not everyone knew what exactly the tool was used for.

This is a lower leg protector that was used primarily for the Marzocchi Bomber forks.   The tool was placed over the lower fork leg (after the slider was removed) to protect the top of the fork leg while you pryed out the lower seals with a screw driver.

So our winner is Glenzx! Glen had the correct functionality and added a bit of style as well.   Here is his winning response.  

"Obviously when your opening beer bottles on your partially disassembled 'Zoke and need (another) beer opened (especially when you now realize that the fresh bottle of oil you have is THE WRONG VISCOSITY), you slide this baby on top of the stanchion assembly and WHAM! Knock that PBR long neck cap right off.

Really though, the seal removal leg protector protects the leg(s) from damage when prying out the main oil seal. Clearly this one saw / sees a lot of use. I do love all the weird tools that must be out there - like the SID Schraeder valve fork adapter - which looked a lot like a Marzocchi shraeder valve adapter - but nothing like all those other odd-ball tools in my 'oddball bike tools toolbox'.

Seriously. I'm old enough to have a bunch of these weird tools, and cheap enough to keep them for decades (like that old yellow t-handle 6mm allen wrench from my first pair of Redline Flight cranks)."

 

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I have never used it, but...
written by Dmitri , November 08, 2011
...it's a Marzocchi Slider Protector tool, to protect suspension fork lowers from damage when removing oil seals.
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written by Ashley Hunter , November 08, 2011
It is an oil seal slider protector used to protect the leg while prying out the main seal
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Stanchion Protector
written by Chris Geaghan , November 08, 2011
This is a Marzocchi stanchion protector - you put it on the stanchion when you take the lower legs off a Bomber fork and it protects the stanchion from scratches when you use a screwdriver to pry out the oil seals that were seated down in the stanchions. This usually was paired with an oil seal press to put the new seals back in. (at least that is how I always did it)
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Name that tool #21
written by Tim , November 08, 2011
Slider Protector - to remove the oil seal from the slider.
cool tool.
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Name That Tool #21
written by Jon Senum , November 08, 2011
It is a spring retainer for (very) early Marzocchi Suspension forks. It kept the shock spring loaded so the shock could be worked on. Failure to keep the spring loaded made putting everything back together incredibly difficult.
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Marzocchi leg / slider protector tool
written by glenzx , November 09, 2011
Obviously when your opening beer bottles on your partially disassembled 'Zoke and need (another) beer opened (especially when you now realize that the fresh bottle of oil you have is THE WRONG VISCOSITY), you slide this baby on top of the stanchion assembly and WHAM! Knock that PBR long neck cap right off.

Really though, the seal removal leg protector protects the leg(s) from damage when prying out the main oil seal. Clearly this one saw / sees a lot of use. I do love all the weird tools that must be out there - like the SID Schraeder valve fork adapter - which looked a lot like a Marzocchi shraeder valve adapter - but nothing like all those other odd-ball tools in my 'oddball bike tools toolbox'.

Seriously. I'm old enough to have a bunch of these weird tools, and cheap enough to keep them for decades (like that old yellow t-handle 6mm allen wrench from my first pair of Redline Flight cranks).
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Name that tool #21
written by Robert Adair , November 09, 2011
Marzocchi fork lower protector for removing fork seals.
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Supreme Overlord
written by chris patterson , November 09, 2011
I have no idea what its purpose is, but I'll name this tool "Bob". All hail Bob!!!
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Wiper seal seater?
written by Corey , November 09, 2011
Marzocchi dust wiper seater
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Name that tool
written by Dr. Brett , November 10, 2011
Is it a Marzocchi oil seal remover tool, leg protector for suspension fork? Thanks!
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Name that tool
written by Dr. Brett , November 10, 2011
Is it a Marzocchi (obviously) oil seal removal tool leg protector?
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Name that Tool #21
written by Eric , November 11, 2011
Hi-- It looks like a marzocchi fork tool for working out the oil seal without disrupting the underside. I was given one that looks different, but has a similar profile. The only reason I think this is because mine has a sticky note on it saying "oil seal lock....hope you never need it."

And the only reason I have it is because I broke the crown on my SIDI fork in Utah after moving there from Maine after college, and didn't have $ for a new fork, but a guy I had been riding with gave new Marzocchi Dirt Jumper and a bag of fork tools. Had no money to pay for it, I asked what I owed, and he thought a 6-pack of beer was fine. Later found out he was a Red Bull rider in town for a comp.

Probably wrong, but it brings back great memories.
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Marzocchi tool
written by Rick Liebert , November 20, 2011
This tool was developed by Marzocchi to retain the fork spring during assembly and disassembly of their full suspension front forks. This looks like it was used for bicycle fork, however Marzocchi has a rich history manufacturing motorcycle forks specifically for Ducati, Truimph, and Moto Morini. I once installed Marzocchi after market rear shocks on my 82 R100RW BMW.
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Name that tool
written by Andrew , December 23, 2011
Hi, this is a Marzocchi Fork Seal remover tool. It protects leg from damage when prying out the main oil seal
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Name that tool
written by Andrew , December 23, 2011
This is a Marzocchi fork seal remover. It protects the leg from damage when prying out the main oil seal.
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Zoke seal removal tool
written by Amardeep , March 17, 2012
This is used to protect the top lip of the fork lowers when removing an oil seal with a screwdriver or an 'offical' seal removal tool.
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Tool #21
written by Jeff Shein , April 16, 2012
This is a Marzocchi slide protector tool (MTB fork)
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