82 Aspencade Slow Suspensions Leak


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rwaterhouse
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82 Aspencade Slow Suspensions Leak

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HI Everyone;

Just picked up this beauty a week ago, and am slowly correcting minor issues. Bike generally runs awesome, but I'm struggling a bit with the suspension. I have the owners manual and a pdf of the service manual, so I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of how it is supposed to work. Three days ago, I pumped it up to the correct psi for for a single rider and was quite impressed with how it rode. Today (after 300km or so of commuting on some quite rough rural roads) I was not so impressed. When I got home I checked the pressures, and the front was essentially at zero and the rear was at 10ish. This suggests to me that it is leaking at the switch or in a common connection, rather than the lines to the shocks or forks. Could it be the switch? Another other suggestions? I have done a pretty comprehensive search but couldn't find a similar problem.


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Re: 82 Aspencade Slow Suspensions Leak

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Soapy water in a spray bottle. Or Big Blu if you have some.
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83 GL 1100 I had a leak in the rear air shocks I did the soapy water everywhere and found nothing , on a hunch I replaced the 40 YO Shrader valve problem solved , I know it is a long shot but give it a try
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Thanks! Certainly not an expensive thing to try. I'm assuming these valves are under the switches on the "control panel"?
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I am assuming you do not know what a Shrader valve is , inside your tire valve stem the thing inside you can push on to let air out is a Schrader valve , on my 83 interstate under the right cover by the brake fluid reservoir is where I put in air for the rear shocks , it has a chrome acorn nut ad under that is the Schrader valve
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JoBoy68 wrote: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:07 am I am assuming you do not know what a Shrader valve is , inside your tire valve stem the thing inside you can push on to let air out is a Schrader valve , on my 83 interstate under the right cover by the brake fluid reservoir is where I put in air for the rear shocks , it has a chrome acorn nut ad under that is the Schrader valve
Believe it or not, if you disassemble the air pressure control panel, what you'll find underneath those buttons are Schraeder valves. The buttons press down on the valve cores.
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Mine are intermittently sticking. So these are replaceable with off the shelf shrader valves?
WingAdmin wrote: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:34 am
JoBoy68 wrote: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:07 am I am assuming you do not know what a Shrader valve is , inside your tire valve stem the thing inside you can push on to let air out is a Schrader valve , on my 83 interstate under the right cover by the brake fluid reservoir is where I put in air for the rear shocks , it has a chrome acorn nut ad under that is the Schrader valve
Believe it or not, if you disassemble the air pressure control panel, what you'll find underneath those buttons are Schraeder valves. The buttons press down on the valve cores.
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Re: 82 Aspencade Slow Suspensions Leak

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YES , just regular Shrader valves


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