Air ride system


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Air ride system

Postby sailorsubvet » Thu May 06, 2010 9:09 am



I have the clymer book but it does not cover this topic, how does this system work? how do you adj pressure ? it's a 1981 GL 1100



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Re: Air ride system

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 06, 2010 10:46 am

From the 1981 owner's manual:

SUSPENSION
The front and rear suspension of this motorcycle can provide the desired ride under various rider/cargo weights and driving conditions through adjustment of the air pressure.

The recommended pressures under normal conditions are:

Front 14-21 psi
Rear 28-57 psi

Low air pressure settings provide a softer ride and are for light loads and smooth road conditions. High air pressure settings provide a firmer ride and are for heavy loads and rough road conditions.



Check and adjust air pressure when the front fork tubes and rear shock absorbers are cold, before riding.

1. Place the motorcycle on its center stand. Do not use the side stand or you will get false pressure readings.

2. Remove the front fork air valve cap (1) and rear shock absorber air valve cap (2).

3. Check the air pressure using the pressure gauge supplied in the tool tray.

Note: Some pressure will be lost when removing the gauge from the valve. Determine the amount of loss and compensate accordingly.

4. Add air to the recommended pressure.




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Re: Air ride system

Postby Newwinger » Thu May 06, 2010 12:55 pm

Funny, I was just looking at this for my '83 GL1100. Your first pic is better than mine. I couldn't find it at first. (located on the left side of the handle bars on the '83). The Rear was a little more tricky (not being that familiar yet with it) but I found it under the right side cover. Both covered with a silver cap.
Rick - 83 GL1100

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Re: Air ride system

Postby ASUcontrol » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:38 pm

Anyone know where I can find these
Single air valve from front shock
Single air valve from front shock
air valve inlets? I want to replace all my hoses and put valves straight to each shock. I'm attempting to chop a 83 Interstate and I want to get rid of everything I dont need. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Air ride system

Postby dnvldw14874 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:22 am

In the directions for checking the air pressure, it says "add air." Does this mean add air in the check valve? Do you have to add air to the system before it works? I am asking because I have no proof that my compresser is coming on. I have the light inside the pressure guage working, but am thinking the compresser is not coming on. Does the compresser move air that is already in the system, or does it pull air into the system? I know that an air compresser is known to pull air into a system of some sort, but you never know what kind of junk foriegn engineers come up with. What am I saying, look at our American vehicles now-a-days. I am just saying that you never know what they come up with. If my guess is right (that the air compresser pulls the air into the system) can someone give me some things to check so that I can get my air compresser working?

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Re: Air ride system

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:20 pm

You'll know if the compressor is working, because it makes a reasonably loud whir when it runs. If it's not running, first thing to check is the accessory fuse, as that's the circuit it runs from.

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Re: Air ride system

Postby dnvldw14874 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:28 am

I do not know if the wire that normally went to it was bad or not, (I did not remove it) but I just ran another wire and mine works fine now. I was worried about the rear not working since it did not seem to rise like the front did, but I have recently noticed that it does rise, just not as noticeable.




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