Looking for front shock info


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Rugrat5288
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Looking for front shock info

Post by Rugrat5288 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:36 am



1995 aspencade new to me and I checked air pressure in the front shocks. Previous owner had them somewhere around 10-15 psi. Manual calls for 6 psi max. I find it hard to get 6 psi in there as when you check it you lose most of your pressure. Any tricks to this or do you run a higher pressure? Thanks.



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Re: Looking for front shock info

Post by Ravyn » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:05 am

Rugrat5288 wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:36 am
1995 aspencade new to me and I checked air pressure in the front shocks. Previous owner had them somewhere around 10-15 psi. Manual calls for 6 psi max. I find it hard to get 6 psi in there as when you check it you lose most of your pressure. Any tricks to this or do you run a higher pressure? Thanks.
You are not fast enough on the draw man. :-) I don't have any problem getting mine to where I want it. If I were you I would start out with 0 lbs of pressure and see how it rides. A lot of us are running no air pressure. It takes a little practice with the air pressure thing. I have two different types of guages. One is your regular air pressure gauge and it reads in 1 lbs increments and the other is a Walmart digital gauge for about 10 bucks. Put a quick shot of air in your fork, now line up that gauge with valve stem and push it down hard and hast and hold it there a few seconds. Now pull it up fast and take a reading. If you need to release some air do it with a guick touch of the valve core and repeat. I never loose more then maybe a 1/4 lb of air between readings. It takes some practice, keep trying. Unless you weigh 300 lbs and you wife/girl friend weighs the same and you have the storage stuffed full you do not need a lot of pressure. How stiff you make it depends on how you like it. I can imagine that 10 to 15 lbs was like having no suspension at all. Play around with it. :-)

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Re: Looking for front shock info

Post by Big Blue UK » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:48 pm

Totally agree with Ravyn.
The only way I could get the air in was by modifying a hose valve connector with a Dremel, so I could hold it on the valve, then just lift it away, pissing about with screw and lever type was useless, for me anyways.
Gauge needs to be digital to be accurate at such low pressures. put 10 in, and keep checking with gauge until it goes down to 6, if that is what you want
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Rugrat5288
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Re: Looking for front shock info

Post by Rugrat5288 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:23 am

Thanks guys! As a side note I didn’t start this thread? I posted a very similar post about my front shocks and this one also appeared with a slightly different title? Strange!



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