air suspension


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rdrunner
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air suspension

Postby rdrunner » Sun May 11, 2014 9:47 am



i have a question on the air suspension on my 83 1100 I i just bought this bike last year and the front and rear suspension will not hold air .Is there an easy way to tell if the seals or lines are leaking any help would be appreiciated



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Re: air suspension

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 12, 2014 9:14 am

The easiest way is to get a spray bottle, put a bit of dish soap in it, and fill it with water. Then pressurize the suspension and spray it on and around the shocks, air lines and fittings. You should see bubbles of soapy water appear wherever air is leaking out.

Don't forget to check the valves actuated by the control buttons - they can get old and leak after many years.

Incidentally, the same method is an excellent way to find slow leaks in your tires.

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Re: air suspension

Postby rdrunner » Mon May 12, 2014 7:02 pm

thank you i'll do that but it doesn't have an onboard compressor it's got individual air ports front and rear

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Re: air suspension

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 13, 2014 8:31 am

rdrunner wrote:thank you i'll do that but it doesn't have an onboard compressor it's got individual air ports front and rear


Then you might want to buy some schraeder valve cores and replace the ones you have - the rubber seals inside them do harden and crack over the years.




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