'80 GL1100i rear suspension pressure

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'80 GL1100i rear suspension pressure

Post by nick2681 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:38 pm

Hi, everyone!

I've been getting the rear suspension air pressure light lately, and when I went to the gas station to check the pressure/fill it up, I couldn't do it because the "port" (the part that looks like a tire stem) on the motorcycle is too short for the compressor...it goes all the way on, but the pins won't engage.

Anybody have any suggestions as to how I should add air to the suspension? Is there some sort of conversion kit I need?


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Re: '80 GL1100i rear suspension pressure

Post by chrisz » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:55 pm


I had similar questions when I picked up my bike, you are not to use compressed air to pump up the suspension. I was told you will blow out the seals with compressed air. Only use a hand pump and watch the pressure to ensure it is within the factory setting range.


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Re: '80 GL1100i rear suspension pressure

Post by wingman12 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:37 pm

Chris is correct. if you use the air compressor at the service station you will blow out the seals on your shocks. purchase a hand pump (a good one is only about $30) a cheap bicycle pump is even cheaper. your max pressure in the rear I believe is around 57 psi and the front forks 28 psi. again reminder do not a high pressure air compressor. even a plug into your cigarette lighter type compressor will work as long as you watch it closely. :D :D

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