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Jeffrey268
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which mini air pump should i get. the '95 wing was gifted to me and i doubt that there's any air in the front forks.
I couldn't find it in the 1500 section.

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There are many mini air pumps available. I am not a rechargeable air compressor kind of person but I recently bought this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QX ... =UTF8&th=1 and it works well enough that I bought a second one for my other motorcycle.

As to air in the forks, the forks that have the Schrader valve in them only take 6 psi of air maximum and it makes negligible difference in the ride or feel of the bike. In fact, most people do not add air at all. The air needs to be balanced between the forks and without a balance tube between them, there is no real reliable way to insure the air pressure is balanced between the forks.

One other thing, just about everyone that has replaced the weak OEM fork springs on a GL1500 has used Progressive Suspension fork springs. The installation instructions recommends that no air be used as a starting point. It says: After installing the fork cap, we recommend no air pressure for a starting point. See fine tuning for more information. Under fine tuning it says: Progressive fork springs are designed to be used with no air pressure under normal conditions. A few pounds of air can make a difference, so add air in small increments.

Small increments is all you have since 6 psi is the max recommended. In the owners manual it says: Too much air pressure can damage the front suspension. Do not exceed 6 psi (40 kPa, 0.4 kg/cm 2). Be sure the air pressure of both fork legs is the same.

Bottom line in my book, don't bother with air in the forks.
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Thanks for the info,I was wondering how much 6 pounds would affect the steering and now I know.
I am trying to replace the wind shield but a very tight screw is stopping me for now.

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A hand held impact driver will make that windshield screw removal easy.
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MikeB wrote: Mon May 08, 2023 8:57 pm A hand held impact driver will make that windshield screw removal easy.
Yeah, right.
A friend has a 1500 with a cracked windshield.
We have tried several times to get the five screws out.
Both times with impact drivers. No luck.
For some reason, two of them are frozen solid.
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A handheld impact driver with a number 3 Phillips or JIS bit has never failed to get out the windshield screws for me.
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Jeffrey268 wrote: Mon May 08, 2023 11:50 am which mini air pump should i get. the '95 wing was gifted to me and i doubt that there's any air in the front forks.
I couldn't find it in the 1500 section.

Thanks,
Jeffrey268
check cyclemax they one its awesome i have it


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