air pressure for 82 wing shocks


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air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby halcombrick » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:01 am



hey guys as many of you know, i got an 82 gl1100 back in december, today i tried airing up my rear shocks and once the pressure built up i heard an air leak on the left side,, they are progressive air shocks, is there a new air line kit i can buy to replace the bad one? Also i put a tire gauge on my front forks and the gauge never moved, how much air pressure should i put in the front forks,,makes me wonder why the front had no air? well thanks guys for any help, i hope there is a line kit out there, thanks again Rick.


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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby Wilcoy02 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:09 am

If the PO replaced with progressive shocks- he probably did not put air in. With the switch to progressive you do not need air.

Call progressive company and they could answer your question for replacement of the air line.



DO NOT USE AN AIR COMPRESSOR TO FILL THE SHOCKS.

USE A HAND PUMP TO KEEP FROM BLOWING OUT THE SEALS.
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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:22 am

halcombrick wrote:hey guys as many of you know, i got an 82 gl1100 back in december, today i tried airing up my rear shocks and once the pressure built up i heard an air leak on the left side,, they are progressive air shocks, is there a new air line kit i can buy to replace the bad one? Also i put a tire gauge on my front forks and the gauge never moved, how much air pressure should i put in the front forks,,makes me wonder why the front had no air? well thanks guys for any help, i hope there is a line kit out there, thanks again Rick.


your front fork pressure should be at 14-21lbs, and the rear shocks should be at 28-57lbs. at least that's what it shows in my spec chart manual.

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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby halcombrick » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:14 am

thanks stuart, do you know if there is an airline kit available so i can replace the lines i couldnt see the leak but from the sound of it i got a hose thats broke completely, and is there some way for the front shocks to leak or did somebody just let the air out?
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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:22 pm

ok, for the rear shocks, your talking about 4 lines, 2 off the shocks to the valve, 1 from the valve half way to the compressor and the one at the compressor. which one are you talking about. for the fronts, you have one line going from the right shock over to the left shock, then another line running from that center line to the compressor. the leak in the fronts could be caused by one of those lines or the seals in the forks themselves could be leaking. best way to test any of them is take some soapy water in a spray bottle, fill the shocks/forks and spray the rear lines where they meet the shock bodies, the valve down on the lower right side of the frame behind the rear brake master cylinder, and follow the rear air line from the valve up to the compressor. spray around the compressor, and for the forks, spray around where the hoses go into the caps, the caps themselves and where the tubes go into the lower forks around the dust seals. and if there's anywhere else, ask wingadmin because im sure im forgetting something. I don't have to do that anymore because I totally disconnected mine and reconfigured my entire air suspension system. when I come back,(I have to run an errand for my elderly neighbor next door), i'll tell you what and how I did it.

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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby halcombrick » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:31 pm

Thanks for the info,but my interstate doesn't have a compressor and my forks, dondon't have any air lines.
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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:43 pm

halcombrick wrote:Thanks for the info,but my interstate doesn't have a compressor and my forks, dondon't have any air lines.


okayyyyyyyyy, well, what kind of suspension does your wing have. how do you put air into your shocks and forks?

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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby t2oldbikes » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:57 pm

The Progressive 416 air shocks can be rebuilt. You need to determine where the air leak is at. If the lines are not the source of the leaks check at the top of the shocks where the rubber meets the aluminum housing. If the seals inside go they will leak around the top at the mounting eye. Put about 25lbs of air in there and start spraying around with soapy water.
Progressives' number in California is 1-877-690-7411. There's an extension to the parts and tech department. They have what you need. Good luck. Now that it is going up to the balmy 40s up here I can get out there and do mine.
There is also an article on removing the shocks in the how to part of the forum.

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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby halcombrick » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:37 am

i put air in the rear next to the master cylinder, for the front, there is a valve right above my handlebar clamp, they may be lines i cant see inside the fairing, but none visable on the forks, but i checked the front, one pump with the hand and the front jumped right up by about 2 inches, 2 pumps it was crazy high, but 100 percent no compressor my bike didnt come with one, its an 82 gl1100 interstate,
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Re: air pressure for 82 wing shocks

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:13 am

halcombrick wrote:i put air in the rear next to the master cylinder, for the front, there is a valve right above my handlebar clamp, they may be lines i cant see inside the fairing, but none visable on the forks, but i checked the front, one pump with the hand and the front jumped right up by about 2 inches, 2 pumps it was crazy high, but 100 percent no compressor my bike didnt come with one, its an 82 gl1100 interstate,


ohhhhhhhhh, ok, im sorry, I got your confused with the '83 aspy. my bad. yeah, yours is almost the same as the gl500i silverwing interstate. your front air line should run just under and behind the handlebar clamp, and the rear, I think is located behind your right side cover panel?.

stuart.




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