Originally Posted by Konflict Motorsports
Do not pressure wash near the heim (smaller bike) or shock body, keep the body cup clean when servicing. Use compressed air to blow it out after every other ride will extend the life.
How are you bleeding the shock? On a pump or by hand?
I never use a power washer on my bikes. That always seemed like a great way to get water into all kinds of places it shouldn't be.
I use what is basically a hand vacuum pump operated brake bleeder for final bleeding. I've had good results with this setup, performance-wise. I've never found any evidence of overheated shims, either.
Blowing the crud out of the seal cup is a great idea. One of those Well, Duh! moments for me.
I clean out the fork dust seals often enough, why didn't I think of that?