Air shock repair and mystery hose


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kanada
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Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby kanada » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:12 pm



Is it worth trying to rebuild the air shocks on my 83 GW.Also when I took out my fuel tank, I noticed a metal tube running from the top of the frame near the triple tree right side. Down to the left side bottom of the motor and it is not hooked up to anything.Is possibly a breather? :roll: :?:


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Re: Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:10 pm

There are quite a few kits available for rebuilding shocks, and, well, I love my air shocks. I'd do it if it were my bike. :)

As for the mystery hose - it's metal, like rigid aluminum? I'm trying to think of what runs there, and I'm not coming up with anything. Have a look at the parts manuals, it might give you an idea. Does it look like it's factory, or something installed by a PO?

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Re: Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby kanada » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:44 pm

Got a line on the shock parts.Checked the manuel for the metal line,no luck.Will take apart a little more and get in there and look.Thanks for the input. :D
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Re: Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby kanada » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:02 pm

looks like someone took the brake line and pinched it off :shock: .good thing I have not ridden it yet.is the linked brake system a must or can I live with out it?
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Re: Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:46 pm

Oh, of course, you have an 83 - that's why I didn't think of the linked brake line (I have an 82).

The linked brake system uses the rear brake pedal to operate the rear caliper and one of the front calipers (front right on the 83, if I'm not mistaken). The front brake lever operates the other front caliper.

The problem with undoing the linked brakes and running it like a traditional system is that the front lever now runs both front calipers - but its master cylinder volume is designed to only run one. It's not big enough to correctly pump enough fluid for two calipers.

Conversely, the brake pedal has a larger master cylinder intended to operate two calipers - but now it's only operating the single caliper on the rear, so it is too sensitive.

This can be gotten around by replacing the master cylinders with master cylinders from a 1982, I believe.

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Re: Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby kanada » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:24 pm

awsome I will look in it, thanks
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Re: Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby wiseguysdad » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:36 am

I have a 80 GW and the air shocks need to be rebuilt also, is it hard to do job or not? Are there any tricks that I may need to know? I used the DIY on replacing the water pump and it was very helpful for a first timmer.

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Re: Air shock repair and mystery hose

Postby kanada » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:04 pm

Finaly resealed the rear shocks.Got the parts from Cheap Cycle Parts.com.Real easy just watch out for
oil spray when you take them apart.As for the brakes converted them to standard brakes using OEM parts, but recommend getting the metal lines.At the moment my GW still isn't running but I am getting closer.Thx for the site info.The bike wouldn't be this close to running.
Also the three yellow wires where melted.Who would have guessed.LOL :D


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