Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade?


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Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade?

Postby PRACTIKALGUY » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:33 pm



After my ride today, I noticed that the rear shocks are a bit low, but the compressor has decided to quit working. Is that what the air hose valve on top of the compressor is for? Would I be correct to press rear shock and increase, then hit that valve fitting with a bit of air?
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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:09 am

Yea but don't use a air compressor like at the gas station or for your air tools.
Way too much pressure and volume.
My interstate had air shocks.Manual type.I used a bicycle tire pump for them.
Just a shot with a big compressor will certainly overinflated the system and possibly blow the seals out.
How bout fixing your compressor?

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby PRACTIKALGUY » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:16 am

Fixing the compressor is the plan, but I just needed a method short-term. I figured that must be what that valve is for.

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:33 am

I understand...If you must use your home compressor,be really careful...maybe reduce the line pressure from 110 psi down to what you would put in the shocks...

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby PRACTIKALGUY » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:54 am

Yeah, it's really low output....one of those cordless, portable pumps.

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby PRACTIKALGUY » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:07 am

Probably about the same output (maybe a bit more) than the actual on-board compressor.

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:15 am

Great...Just hook it up ...Kinda like an equivalent bypass of the existing compressor....I don't see a problem using that type..

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:19 am

I wonder if you could grab power from the original compressor wires..??
Unless it's the reason the onboard one quit.....I hope that the control valves are working...I guess you'll find out in short order.

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:08 pm

I used to fill my rear shocks on my 84 Int at the local gas station before I had a compressor in my garage without hurting anything.Fronts you definitely need to do by hand as the range is only 4-7 lbs.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby PRACTIKALGUY » Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:09 pm

Well, I had to remove the false tank again to add coolant, and, guess what I found? My compressor relay out of its socket, just rolling around. I assume that, when I put the tank back on, I pushed it out.....good cautionary tale. Anyway, I put the relay back in, and the compressor works just fine. I'm still glad to know that, if need be, I can fill up the shocks manually with that valve.
Thanks for the help!

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Re: Can you manually fill the air shocks on an '83 Aspencade

Postby lhelber » Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:42 pm

I'm glad I learned that too. I thought that valve was only used for filling your tires, provided you had the correct hose.




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