i have no idea how to air up rear shocks


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halcombrick
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i have no idea how to air up rear shocks

Postby halcombrick » Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:45 am



First time user and owner go easy. Where is the valve or switch to air up the rear shocks?


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Re: i have no idea how to air up rear shocks

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:41 am

While seated on the bike, there is a plastic cover on the right hand side of the frame, like the one on the left side that covers the battery. Remove that right side cover and look for a air valve with a chrome (mine are at least) cap on it. There should be a cap just like it on the top of the left hand fork tube. Remove that cap on the right side of the frame and add air up to 57 PSI (if memory serves me well). I run about 40 pounds unless I have a heavy passenger...
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Re: i have no idea how to air up rear shocks

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:17 am

By the way...do not use a air compressor..
Use a hand bicycle pump.
A air compressor can quickly blow the seals out.
I also run around 45 psi and about 3-4 psi in the front.

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Re: i have no idea how to air up rear shocks

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:31 pm

I use a regulated air supply... oops...
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Re: i have no idea how to air up rear shocks

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:25 pm

The air system has just a little chamber.It only takes a half second to fill it up
With a regular air compressor.
Maybe one of those cheap 12 volt jobs might work,I just prefer "by hand" method.
Its not the same as a tire.Especially the forks.

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Re: i have no idea how to air up rear shocks

Postby eklimek » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:36 pm

Hand operated bicycle tire pump is plenty. Two pumps and the bike sits up.




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