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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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shock air pressure check

My wife and I made a little trip yesterday to a motorcycle event here in Arkansas. The bike drug ever so slightly dropping off the driveway onto the street. I didn't think much about it then as I usually back the bike off the driveway and have the wife get on afterwards. Later on the return trip, I drug left pipe on a very sharp downhill curve entering Batesville and one other time. We've been on these roads several times and this has never happened so once home I checked the air pressure in the shock and just as I anticipated, the pressure was low.... way low <20 lbs. I aired it up and checked it this morning and still at 50lbs. Has anyone experienced the loss in pressure with their airshock? I guess I need to check it more often but how often is everyone checking theirs. I check my tires before every ride.
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Seems I may have the same problem with the air shocks. I do not check them often, but when I do they are always at zero. I use the hand pump to fill them. The other day I put 25 lbs in, going to wait a bit and recheck. You will loose a few lbs when you remove and attach the pump, will take that into concideration.

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Mine leak down after a day or two also. Need to get it in to delear but have not had time yet.

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I check the tires once a month and always add air. Now with the hot weather I would check every two weeks and they would be down 2 to 3 pounds.
Yesterday I thought I would add air to the shock for a little stiffer ride. Guess what it was down 5 pounds. So hot weather affects any thing that holds air.
So from now on in hot weather I'm checking the shock.
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I'll be checking it more often now for sure.. I just barely scrapped the pipe or actually the bolt which holds the exhaust tip on.. Sounded like the whole pipe was dragging though.. "shocked" excellent play on words...! Lol


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I check my air shock air every three weeks or so, but that's probably not enough. It always needs at least a little air--and sometimes more than a little (maybe it's the crazy ass southern Texas heat playing hell with things).

Since I put a shorter windshield on (Is that a Cee Bailey Original Design? Nope. 93 Goldwing.) I have noticed that if my ass can't tell if the rear end needs air, my line of vision over the top of the windshield can.

If you are agonizing over what height windshield you want for your XC or XCT, be sure to do your calcs with the rear end air pressure set appropriately.

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Gauge reading incorrect.

I got curious a while back about the small FOX hand pump I bought for the shock. I use it when needed,always seemed a bit harsh the ride. I checked it with my Snap-On tire gauge which I do trust more. Apparently the Fox gauge reads 5 lbs to low, so I have been overfilling it since I got the bike. I subtract 5 lbs from the reading now on the Fox hand pump. Bike rides much better.
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Not sure I know of any air shocks that hold their psi for much longer than a week or two. Can't think of any right now.

I did have an issue with the air shock in my 11 XC during the first year I owned it. Just out of the blue it wouldn't hold air pressure with 2 up riding. It was fine with just me but if I had a passenger it would go from aired up properly to bouncing on the stops by the end of the day.

Fortunately it did happen during that first year so it was covered by the dealer/Victory but it's entirely possible these days that a dealer might decline to honor that because it was such an off the wall thing.

The tech and I looked at the shock after it was replaced and could not see anything to make one think there was anything wrong with it. I hope your guys have the kind of good dealer I have when you bring this to their attention.
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Not sure I know of any air shocks that hold their psi for much longer than a week or two. Can't think of any right now.

I did have an issue with the air shock in my 11 XC during the first year I owned it. Just out of the blue it wouldn't hold air pressure with 2 up riding. It was fine with just me but if I had a passenger it would go from aired up properly to bouncing on the stops by the end of the day.

Fortunately it did happen during that first year so it was covered by the dealer/Victory but it's entirely possible these days that a dealer might decline to honor that because it was such an off the wall thing.

The tech and I looked at the shock after it was replaced and could not see anything to make one think there was anything wrong with it. I hope your guys have the kind of good dealer I have when you bring this to their attention.
Knock on wood, but my shock does not readily lose pressure. Whatever I set it to, a week later, that's where it's still at. Without the tour pack, it likes 10lbs, with the trunk, it takes 20lbs. I only air it up to the 35-50 range when riding two up, depending on the passenger... I try to always follow the chart posted near the valve in the side bag door. 200lb rider, no trunk = 9lbs of air in the shock.

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Hey, what brand air pump do you guys use? I just got my 2012 XC and, of course, Victory doesn't supply the air pump. Recommendations? Or are they all about the same?

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