Air in front fork


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Bigbiker0
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Air in front fork

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Do you think it's possible to replace the fork caps to be able to add air in front suspension?


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yup, just did it on a set of forks I rebuilt. Once you pull the caps, pull the wheel off and change the fluid, that makes a world of difference. You made not want or need air if you do a full fluid change.
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My 97 1500SE has air caps installed. Just unscrew the black top cap of your forks and you should see the shrader valve. Factory calls for upto 6psi. 8-)
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How do you measure something that low without it escaping? What do you use to add 6 psi?
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Re: Air in front fork

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ronjr123 wrote:How do you measure something that low without it escaping? What do you use to add 6 psi?
Don't use a standard air compressor - you can easily blow the seals out. A bicycle pump works well. I measure it to about 0.5 psi high, and assume that the 0.5 psi will escape when I remove the gauge, bringing it down to the desired amount.

Actually, I don't worry about it at all anymore - since I put progressive springs in, I run my forks at 0 psi.


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