Fluid in rear suspension air lines?


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Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby Fulcrum » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:06 pm



Well I went to put a little air in the rear suspension and some caramel colored fluid was leaking out. Is there supposed to be any oil in these shocks that could have leaked into the air lines or could it just be water that has gotten in the lines?



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Re: Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby trashtruck » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:57 pm

stock honda rear shocks used just over 10 oz atf i believe in each.
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Re: Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby Fulcrum » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:19 pm

Hmmm. Can that get in the air line? Thanks trashtruck

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Re: Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby trashtruck » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:33 pm

it can get in the air line but atf is not carmel colored. that sounds like rust/condensation.
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Re: Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby Fulcrum » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:38 pm

Yeah, somehting isn't right there. How do you add the atf to the shocks?

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Re: Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby trashtruck » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:54 pm

once the shocks are empty, the easiest way is with a syringe. there was a post about that somewhere but can't remember. anyway, remove airline from shock, fill syringe with fluid, use a hose from syringe to shock. with shock mounted on the bike push down on the back of the bike to compress shock. on the upstroke, the shock should suck the fluid from the syringe. i believe the correct amount for each shock is 10.3 oz.
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Re: Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby Fulcrum » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:56 pm

Awesome, thanks for the help buddy!

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Re: Fluid in rear suspension air lines?

Postby Fulcrum » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:06 am

Well I disconnected the shocks and there was some remaining oil in them that was amber in color. Guessing it is the original shock oil. Must have been some water in the lines mixed with it when I pumped them up. It has cooled down and only about a tablespoon of oil drained out of each. Will let them gravity drain for a while and hope to get all of the fluid out before I refill them with ATF.




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