Silly question. Can I remove the air shock if it has air in it?


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Silly question. Can I remove the air shock if it has air in it?

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So I have my rear wheel off and want to pull the driveshaft. But my air suspension doesn't work. I don't know if the shock has air in it or not. If I try to take it off and it has air, will I even be able to get it off? Or will it go BOING!!


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Re: Silly question. Can I remove the air shock if it has air in it?

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for safety you should remove the air, it will not go boing but will go to its max length
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bbrackett wrote: Wed Aug 17, 2022 8:59 pm for safety you should remove the air, it will not go boing but will go to its max length
How can I remove the air? I wonder if I can just slowly crack the line loose?
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Re: Silly question. Can I remove the air shock if it has air in it?

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You can, but then how will you refill it?
Sounds like it might be time to repair the air suspension, or just leave it be if you can't do that right now. With the bike raised and the swing arm free, you should be able to remove both shocks. Last time I did it I seem to remember they were not exactly the same length, but really close. Enough so that you could get everything lined up by hand no problem.
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Rambozo wrote: Wed Aug 17, 2022 11:38 pm You can, but then how will you refill it?
Sounds like it might be time to repair the air suspension, or just leave it be if you can't do that right now. With the bike raised and the swing arm free, you should be able to remove both shocks. Last time I did it I seem to remember they were not exactly the same length, but really close. Enough so that you could get everything lined up by hand no problem.
I do have replacement switches on the way. Hopefully that will fix my problem. Initial tested showed I had no clicking in the relay when switch pushed.
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Re: Silly question. Can I remove the air shock if it has air in it?

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could be a bad relay or bad fuse, you can hot wire the pump to air it back up
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bbrackett wrote: Thu Aug 18, 2022 1:51 pm could be a bad relay or bad fuse, you can hot wire the pump to air it back up
Checked all that. It's all good.
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Re: Silly question. Can I remove the air shock if it has air in it?

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Quick Cal,

Leave the shock top bolt on, remove the bottom bolt and the rear drive will drop out, after you remove the 4 nuts holding the rear drive. The shock is already at its max extension = = you'd better be on your main stand.

If you want/have to remove the shock, slowly remove the air line, if it is under pressure the air will bleed out. There isn't enough pressure to be an issue. The shock will not extend any further than it is. Keep the shock vertical so the oil doesn't leak out through the air line fitting.
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UPDATE!!


New pressure switches arrived. They are installed and functioning!! When I hit the p check for the first time I heard just a click. For a split second it made me think of a starter relay just clicking. I thought uh uh. But quickly remember that's exactly what it's supposed to sound like,,,lol. :D

The new (used) switch housing was badly faded. I just swapped the new switches into my original housing.

I aired it up to 34 then down to 0 a couple of times. What is the max pressure the compressor can put out? What is the pressure range for just the air shock?
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The range is from 0 - 58 psi. Check it with the bike on the center stand, wheel off the ground.
No idea what the pump can make or if it even has a safety relief valve, so don't push it. Also don't run the pump continuously without giving it some cooling off time. I seem to recall the max duration is in the owners manual.
Great to hear you got it all back in order.


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