Rear Shock fluid


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penntoy123
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Rear Shock fluid

Postby penntoy123 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:03 pm



I re-filled the rear air shocks(OEM) in my 1982 Goldwing Aspencade with 12.5oz of ATF. Now when I release the pressure the fluid fills the hoses. Now the air shocks don't seem to pressurize the same. Is this normal? This is my first Goldwing and I am trying to learn and do as much as I can.



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Re: Rear Shock fluid

Postby Richastle » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:44 am

You probably have too much fluid in the shock. The best way I have found is to let all the air out, undo the air fitting on the shock, compress it, fill it with atf until it oozes out, release the shock and put the air line back on. This should ensure you have the right amount of air and fluid.

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Re: Rear Shock fluid

Postby penntoy123 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:19 pm

Thanks for the help, I'll give it a try in the morning and let you know how it goes.

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Re: Rear Shock fluid

Postby penntoy123 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:06 am

I disconnected the input hose to the 3-way valve and sat down hard three or four times. This removed about 1 to 1.5 oz of fluid. I then needed to clean the desiccant and dried them @350 deg f for 5 minutes. I then blew out all the hoses. After reassembly, it's working great. I took it out for a quick ride, much smoother and I don't bottom out coming into the driveway. Thanks for the help. I still plan to rebuild my old shocks; new boots, seals etc., and put them back on. Now I can work on the next problem, I lost turn signals, running lights and brake lights this morning. Most likely a fuse, or grounding problem when I was putting everything back together. Thanks again.




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