take off air ride


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professor squidbeard
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take off air ride

Postby professor squidbeard » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:50 pm



Alright, so. I bought a gl1100. i got it in non running state and got her running, got the compressor and air ride all working and i'd like to remove the air ride completely now. Take off the back shox and just put on "normal" ones.

However, whats up with the front? Can i just put in "normal" springs and do away with everything air supported, or do i have to get a whole new front end?



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Re: take off air ride

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:25 am

The front springs can be replaced with progressive springs and I've used progressive ones on the back.leave the air fittings.

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Re: take off air ride

Postby ourgangmn » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:47 am

Ditto on the progressive springs for the front forks and leaving the Schrader valve intact. I was sick and tired of having to air up the suspension every time I rode (with my garage compressor since the on board compressor was shot) so I put progressive shocks in the rear and progressive springs in the front. I do keep about 15 lbs of air in the front forks.

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Re: take off air ride

Postby professor squidbeard » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:48 pm

so even if you put new springs in the front, they still need a little air in there to do their job correctly?

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Re: take off air ride

Postby ourgangmn » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:48 am

You don't have to put air in the forks, I just wanted to keep the front from compressing too much when braking. More of a precaution.

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Re: take off air ride

Postby professor squidbeard » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:09 pm

awesome, this forum is great. I'm not a mechanic by any stretch and i got my bike riding after it sat for like 10 years just based on the tutorials and advice.




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