air pressure in front shocks


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bernyboy
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air pressure in front shocks

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I am wondering what the air pressure should be in the front forks of my 1984 gl1200 Standard. I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere. I see that there is a air nipple at the top of the right fork but the corresponding spot in the left fork is sealed off. It looks to me like a factory job and presumably both forks are pressurized through the right-side nipple. While we're at it, what should my rear shock pressure be? I am sure both pressures vary some based on load and desired ride quality, but what are the parameters?


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oldishwinger
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just the one air nipple does the two front forks max psi for front is 6 minimum psi for rear is about 28 not sure of max for rear but I think Its around the 57 mark
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Owners manual says: 0 - 6 lbs in front forks....if riding single and not "hotdogging" it 0 is the place to start
28 - 56 lbs in rear shocks...same as front start at the minimum and increase as needed

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rushtk
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If you no longer have a compressor how do you fill the rear shocks? I weigh 240 and will ride alone. Thank you for this thread and anyone's help!
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Ohara
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I would only use a bicycle pump on the air shocks and forks.
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WillIamBurnett
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rushtk wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:17 pm If you no longer have a compressor how do you fill the rear shocks? I weigh 240 and will ride alone. Thank you for this thread and anyone's help!
There is a Schrader valve under the right leg side cover. I think you have to remove the seat, as long as your shocks aren't leaking air they will hold whatever psi you get them to. Just check it every few days until you know


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