Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?


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Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?

Postby Brett1991 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:16 pm



Is it possible to air up the rear air shock without using the onboard compressor? My compressor is dead and the spring only ride is killing me - - and my wife. Any suggestions?



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Re: Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:17 pm

Sure,but you would need to mount a valve somewhere that you could get at to add air from an external compressor or a hand pump.The 1100 and 1200 Interstates didn't have an on board compressor,they had a valve behind the right side cover.You would need the valve either off of one of those or go to a car shop and get the fitting and line off of an aftermarket air shock set-up.
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Re: Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:18 pm

I can't say for sure, because I never tried it, but I have assumed that the accessory hose in the right saddle bag is connected inline with the pump and shock. There is no switch mechanism for choosing to either fill the shock, or fill a tire, that I am aware of. So, I would assume they are all under equal pressure, and linked together. If so, you should be able to fill the shock through that hose. An adapter, maybe male/male would be needed to connect it to an external air hose, but it might be worth a try. You might also try repairing your old onboard pump. I have read of guys taking them apart, cleaning, check brushes, and reassembling in order to fix them. Not that hard from what I read. Handy to have.

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Re: Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:08 am

Technically this is possible. The air outlet connection is right after the air drier, and is connected (through the drier) to the valve assembly that goes to the rear shock.

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If you connected a low volume compressor to that air outlet connection, then held down the pressure adjustment buttons (which operate the solenoid valves) and ran the compressor that you connected, it should pump air into the shock just as if it was coming from the on-board compressor.

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Re: Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:03 pm

Jeez my 1500 only been gone for 2 years and I forgot all about the hose in the saddle bag.Never had to use it,so I guess "outta site outta mind".That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
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Re: Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?

Postby Brett1991 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:48 pm

Thanks fellas.....I'll try that this weekend.

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Re: Can you air up the air shock without the on board compressor?

Postby Brett1991 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:13 pm

Worked like a charm! Softened the ride and made one heck of a difference! Thanks fellas!




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