86 gl 1200 aspencade rear shocks dont hold air

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86 gl 1200 aspencade rear shocks dont hold air

Post by tatink » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:10 pm

I just bought this bike and love it. It is in great shape but every time we ride I have to pump up the rear shocks. it doesn't seem to hold for very long either. I pulled the seat and sprayed some leak detector on the hoses and the connecting valve at rt side cover, no leaks. cant see anymore of the system,and before I pull the tank covers I would try this forum and see what you might know. thank you

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Re: 86 gl 1200 aspencade rear shocks dont hold air

Post by trike lady » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:49 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.
If they are the original shocks they may no longer be holding air.
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Re: 86 gl 1200 aspencade rear shocks dont hold air

Post by tprender » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:20 am

If you can't find any leaks at all of the fitting, it has to be the seal that is leaking. I would think that if it is the seal, it mush also be leaking oil. I would check all of the fitting again. Start with the fill value and work each link backwards to the each shock. Best of luck hunting th leak.

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Re: 86 gl 1200 aspencade rear shocks dont hold air

Post by wilmo » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:34 pm

You'll have to pull the seat to test the 'splitter' or manifold for the rear shocks. Inside the left pocket is where some more fittings and the actual compressor are at. YOu'll have to remove the lower left fairing to get to more fittings that go to front and rear. I just replaced mine with Progressive 416's, which are much better shocks IMHO. Mine completely blew out, there is a thread here on that. For you, it is most likely the seal inside one of the shocks that is leaking, look for oil on the outside of one of them, or both.

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Re: 86 gl 1200 aspencade rear shocks dont hold air

Post by jhngardner367 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:10 am

You may also want to check the air pump and its connections/valves for leakage,as well as the airpump filters.

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