Aspencade Rear Air Shocks


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Aspencade Rear Air Shocks

Postby fischerj » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:03 pm



I just bought a used pair of Air Shocks from E-bay. They came today and the box had oil on it leading me to believe that the oil came from within the shock. Does indicate anything is wrong with the shocks? There are no other visible signs of oil on the shocks themselves.

Thanks,

Jay



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Re: Aspencade Rear Air Shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:39 pm

That's normal - the fluid will come out the air fittings if the shocks are inverted. The problem is, you now don't know how much fluid is in the shocks. You also don't know how old that oil is. I would be wanting to drain both of them and fill them with fresh fluid.

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Re: Aspencade Rear Air Shocks

Postby fischerj » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:02 pm

Do you know of a place where I can see step-by-step on how to drain the shocks. I saw a short you-tube video on how to fill them with a siringe

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Re: Aspencade Rear Air Shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:12 pm

Just turn them upside down, they'll drain most of the fluid out. You can try compressing them a few times while they are upside down. Or, while upside down, pressurize them a bit, remove the air hose, and they should blow out the remainder of the fluid (best done outside!).

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Re: Aspencade Rear Air Shocks

Postby Termite » Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:37 am

fischerj wrote:Do you know of a place where I can see step-by-step on how to drain the shocks. I saw a short you-tube video on how to fill them with a siringe

Hi I am living through this excersise at the moment and wondered if you remeber how much oil you charged your shocks with?

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Re: Aspencade Rear Air Shocks

Postby fischerj » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:32 pm

Haven't had the courage yet to tear into this project.




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