AIR SUSPENSION


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joeyroy11
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AIR SUSPENSION

Postby joeyroy11 » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:17 pm



I am thinking about doing away with the air ride suspension. Has anyone ever done this and what kind if front forks and rear shocks will work on my bike ?
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Re: AIR SUSPENSION

Postby zbird » Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:15 pm

On my 1981 I rebuilt the factory front forks and installed a progressive spring I don't put any air and am totally satisfied with it. The rear shocks I rebuilt the air shocks with progressive and am pleased. You can buy non air shocks for the rear. You will have to unhook the air pressure plug and put the incoming wire straight to ground on frame. Grounding it will keep the light from staying on. It will come on at start up like it should but then will shut off in a few seconds

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Re: AIR SUSPENSION

Postby stephenricci » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:43 pm

joeyroy11, ditto on the progressive springs for the front forks. I just did my 83 Naked and it is a world of difference. The ride is much better and I no longer have to check the front air pressure. I couldn't be happier. As for the rear, I'll leave them alone for now.
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roadwanderer2
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Re: AIR SUSPENSION

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:49 pm

i also did away with my on board air compressor. i replaced the front fork lines by replacing the left fork cap and used a single air line that goes from the left fork cap to the right fork cap with one from a cb900 with a schrader valve in it so i can fill the forks manually. for the rear shocks, i left the original lines that go from the left and right shocks to the lower mounting bracket that's behind the right side cover and also fill them manually. in the last 4 months i haven't had to put any air in my front forks, and the rear shocks i check once a month and i haven't had to put any air in them either.

question for you guys, and no, im not trying to highjack this thread, but...... by replacing the OEM front fork springs with progressive springs, doing this will illuminate having to put air into them?

stuart.

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wingman12
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Re: AIR SUSPENSION

Postby wingman12 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:32 pm

Stuart. Progressive springs requires no air. It greatly changed the way the bike handles. More stable in twisties, is a little rougher ride, but along with the blackwing the bike seems lighter and a lot more agile. :D :D

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Re: AIR SUSPENSION

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:22 am

wingman12 wrote:Stuart. Progressive springs requires no air. It greatly changed the way the bike handles. More stable in twisties, is a little rougher ride, but along with the blackwing the bike seems lighter and a lot more agile. :D :D


ok wingman, thank you for letting me know this. im gonna have to think about replacing my front fork springs, IF i don't sell the bike first.

stuart.




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