rear air shocks


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jab2of3
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rear air shocks

Postby jab2of3 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:36 pm



Hi,

Can someone please tell me where you fill the rear shocks with air?? I have an interstate and i do not see anything but it may be hidden by the bags.

thanks


thanks,
jeff

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miss-goldwing
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Re: rear air shocks

Postby miss-goldwing » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:20 pm

remove right side cover look at rear master you should see a valve stem for rear shocks dont put to much air in them 30 45 psi should be fine

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jab2of3
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Re: rear air shocks

Postby jab2of3 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:34 pm

Thanks miss goldwing! Nice looking bike!

I did look there and did see something that might be it but the end of it pointed straight up which wpuld make it hard to fit a pump there. I also don't see the warning light go on for 5 seconds when i turn on the ignition.

Makes me wonder if previous owners replaced the shocks.
thanks,
jeff

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Re: rear air shocks

Postby jab2of3 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:37 pm

miss goldwing,

how much pressure do you have in the front end. mine is at 14 and it seems to soft especially when i brake.

i just got the bike so any help is appreciated.
thanks,
jeff

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Re: rear air shocks

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:53 pm

14 psi is the upper end of the safe pressure. these bikes are heavy and they do tend to wallow with 30 year old springs in them. I would drain the oil in the forks and refill with 20wt fork oil. while you are in there check to see if the springs are one piece or two. If they are two piece springs then you still have the factory springs and it is time to change them out for a set of Progressive Suspension springs. You might as well install new bushings and seals at the same time. total bill should be about $150. you can also do the same for the rear air shocks ,you will be very happy with the much better handling.
Ride safe, Todd
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miss-goldwing
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Re: rear air shocks

Postby miss-goldwing » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:45 pm

I run 17 -20 psi in mine but mine leak air and oil time for a seal job if yours holds air and no oil leak be sure you dont put to much air in it or it will leak then you will be like me add air before you ride mine last about a day of riding

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Re: rear air shocks

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:39 am

I just checked my facts, the manual says up to 21 psi in the front forks,use soapy water to find where its leaking from. Its usually the seals.
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Re: rear air shocks

Postby silverider » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:23 pm

Hi Miss Gold Wing
I have an 83 Interstate and the valve stem for the rear shocks is under the plastic cover on the right side. You will see a chrome acorn nut that is actually the valve cap. Unscrew it and there it is!
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