84 Gl1200 Interstate front air shock access...


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84 Gl1200 Interstate front air shock access...

Postby Lloydjf » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:21 pm



Greetings,
Proud new owner of an 84 Interstate, and a brand new forum member. I have made use of the 'search' function but can not find an answer to:
Am having difficulty getting my local gas station ( and if Im on the road, one Im not familiar with..) air pump hose to fit on my stock front shock stem. Very difficult to maneuver the fill chuck in such a small space. Do people retrofit a stem, or a stem/hose etc. to make this easier? If anyone has, and could tell me the threading sizes etc. of the parts to order, it would be a huge help. Thanks in advance,
LLOYD



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Re: 84 Gl1200 Interstate front air shock access...

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:01 am

I never use a gas station hose....EVER....They can easily blow the seals in the forks...
You should center stand the bike to extend the forks....relieve all the pressure in the forks....attach a cheap bicycle pump(with the flex hose) and stroke it about 8 times....This gets me around 4 psi...Adjust as necessary...
I find over 10 psi very rough riding......

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Re: 84 Gl1200 Interstate front air shock access...

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:22 am

What he said. Any air compressor intended to fill tires will have pressure and volume that can virtually instantly blow the seals in your forks. Use a hand pump as described.

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Re: 84 Gl1200 Interstate front air shock access...

Postby Lloydjf » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:26 pm

Thanks VERY much for the replies. I guess I am lucky that the gas station has a digital readout, and I could dial it down to 6 psi before I did anything stupid or damaging. That being said, a bicycle pump seems the way to go, and has to be MUCH easier to fit in the tight space. Second question if you guys don't mind, with 30 ish years and 48k, in general what should I re-build or replace first? Or if there is a section of the forum on such guidelines you could direct me to...




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