PSI in front forks


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PSI in front forks

Postby sdadean » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:14 pm



I just had my front fork seals replaced at the dealer a few weeks ago and just checked to see how much air pressure they put in the shocks. Both sides had nothing in them. Is it an option to run air in them? Should they have put air in them? If they are not holding air would it just be the Schrader valves leaking? I have zero experience with these.



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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby robb » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:39 pm

Book says 6psi max, but many are running as much as 12psi.

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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:39 pm

I run zero PSI. My forks don't even have the schrader valves.
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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:33 am

I have progressive springs in mine, and I also run them at 0 psi.

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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:33 pm

i also have progressive springs in mine and run 0-psi but i also ran 0-psi when i had stock springs i
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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby jimsgoldwing » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:45 pm

I have a '95 SE and the owners manual states 6 psi max. This is for the SE and Aspencade models. I have attempetd to check the pressure with a low pressure tire gauge (like the ones used for-four wheelers) but the pressure never registered. I "aquired" another low pressure gauge specifically made for shrader valves and now all is good! I run mine at 6psi.

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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby Dwight_n_Sue » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:53 pm

I went down to our local bicycle shop and purchased a hand pump with gauge (0-10 psi) and use it on my '96 GL1500 SE front forks. I do 7 psi.

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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby cpwomer » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:07 am

where is the valve for the air on a 1988 GW, I know I have Progressive installed but never thought about air
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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby donnewald » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:51 am

I believe only the SE's have that option. Regardless, at the top of the shock towers are removable plastic caps. After removing them you'll see Schrader valves. Never overinflate because it could damage your fork seals.

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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby bjatwood » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:35 pm

I run 6psi in mine and really like the way the front end feels/handles with the air... 8-)

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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby minimac » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:33 am

I have been running 5lbs. in mine(stock springs), but more importantly, IMHO, I change the fluid in the forks every 8k-10k miles. For me, that's at least once a year. Between that, and using dyna beads, I do not have any cupping of my front tire even after 18k. The tire is worn out, but no cupping.

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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby cpwomer » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:02 am

Well guys I just checked mine and under he lil plastic cap are to large hex nuts, no valve, so I guess I'm glad I have the Progressive spring which really feel great with the Super Brace installed. Before the Super Brace if was spongee, especially since I live on a dirt road. Thank you all for your input, Ride On..
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Re: PSI in front forks

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:37 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I have progressive springs in mine, and I also run them at 0 psi.




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