Air pressures


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Allbatross
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Air pressures

Postby Allbatross » Wed May 15, 2013 11:13 pm



I've been using and enjoying this website and find it 110% for a "first timer"(just got back into riding after a 30 yr hiatis). Just did my fork seals on my '81 GL1100 and I have a question.. The manual calls for 14-21 psi (I'm 240 lbs) , but my fellow riders with Vulcans and Harleys say their's call for 5-10 lbs. 99% of the time I go manuals, but last yr I made sure I was running 16-17 lbs and my seals leaked.Only had the bike 2 yrs, so.. time failure, or my failure?
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Re: Air pressures

Postby WingAdmin » Sat May 25, 2013 8:12 pm

Allbatross wrote:I've been using and enjoying this website and find it 110% for a "first timer"(just got back into riding after a 30 yr hiatis). Just did my fork seals on my '81 GL1100 and I have a question.. The manual calls for 14-21 psi (I'm 240 lbs) , but my fellow riders with Vulcans and Harleys say their's call for 5-10 lbs. 99% of the time I go manuals, but last yr I made sure I was running 16-17 lbs and my seals leaked.Only had the bike 2 yrs, so.. time failure, or my failure?


You're well within limits. Different bikes with different systems take different pressures, so what Vulcans and Harleys take is irrelevant.

Most likely you've just got 30-year old seals that don't hold air as well as they once did.

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Re: Air pressures

Postby RBGERSON » Sun May 26, 2013 9:02 am

+! for WA..you might try to clean the seal with a sealmate or similar device or you can make one out of a plastic milk bottle..you shove it in along the tube move it around the seal/tube pull it out and do it again shoudl pull up any dirt etc. lodged in there..may fix you problem. The little hook at the end catches the stuff.
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