Front shocks


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willemrita
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Front shocks

Postby willemrita » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:10 pm



Hi Wingers
I recently had my front shocks redone. With that I mean, I had the seals replaced together with a new anti dive kit. The mc filled the shocks with ATF which I think is normal as we could not get hold of shock oil. I noticed something peculiar on the bike. If I dismounts, bike allready on sidestand, the front end will lift up about six inches. When mounting the bike it will sag about six inches. There seems to be damping and the bike does not ride "hard". Because I do not have a little pump to put pressure in the shocks, it is fitted with valves, I am thinking that this might be the problem. (If it is a problem). I am sure the bike did not acted this way before. Before the new seals the right shock had no oil in and did not held any pressure. The left shock was fine and held pressure. I have ordered a new pump and will see if the sagging stays after putting some pressure in both shocks.
Anyone has any idea.



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virgilmobile
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Re: Front shocks

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:26 pm

My 88 was not fitted with a air adaptor for the front forks but my84 was.
I would run it with 3 psi for a bit more lift and less sag.
Use a hand pump only and start small with it on the centerstand only.dont add air with the weight of the bike on the forks.
Im sure Theres a recomeded max somewhere.
I must have different springs in mine.full load and unload moves my forks about 3 inches.
I think it only travels 8" max stroke.

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Re: Front shocks

Postby willemrita » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:35 pm

Thank you. When I travelled your beautifull USA last year on holiday, that was the pressure I used to put in. I think it is surely because there is no air in the shocks. I will wait the little handpump ( from Cyclemax) and see if the problem persist.

Keep the rubberside down and happy many miles.

Willem

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Re: Front shocks

Postby dingdong » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:52 am

Six inches seems to be excessive. My 1500 compresses and expands perhaps an inch or two. 6 lbs is the max psi for a 1500.
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Re: Front shocks

Postby willemrita » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:12 am

Thanks to all the responce. It sure helps a lot




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