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air ride

Post by urbanmadness » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:14 am

Ok, now that I have the 500 dollar Berkley wing up and running, I now need to work over the suspension a bit.

The bike has new springs, fork seals, yada. Everything holds hair as it should and once set, almost never needs adjustment. It actually held air the whole time the bike was torn down for a new head (about 3 months) and it didn't leak down. Of course, sitting and riding are two very differnt things.

So here is the delima, I dumped all the air in the suspension and I got water out of the release valve. I'm sure the dryer on the compressor has not been serviced in a long time, if ever. No biggie, I read the tutorial about how to recycle the dissicant. Easy peasy... What's not so easy, is how to I make sure all the moisture is out of the shocks and forks? The lines shouldn't be too hard, pull them off and blow them out, but how do I make sure all the water is out of the shocks and forks?

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Re: air ride

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:36 pm

Assuming the dessicant is in good shape, it is going to be putting dry air into the system. Easy way would be to inflate and deflate it quite a few times, and hope it evaporates most of it out of there. :)

The hard way is to remove the air lines, drain them, and change the oil in the shocks.

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