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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-17-2014, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Default My $20 shock air hose fix

I'd like to meet the Victory engineer that came up with the brilliant idea of putting the fill hose for the air shock behind the side panel on my XCT. We switch from solo to 2-up quite a bit, so every time I'd go to change my air shock pressure, I'd have to pull off the side cover. I just knew I was going to scratch it or break one of the darts, so I wanted to find a way to relocate the valve for the air shock.

I ended up ordering this from Amazon:







The idea was to use the rear engine mount bolt to attach the hose to the bike using the bracket included with the hose. However, the bracket is rather large, too large to fit with the clutch cable being in the way.

So I ended up removing the bracket and using the hose by itself. To begin, remove the side covers and seat. Then using a 7/8" socket, remove the large nut that holds the Schrader valve to the plastic housing. Loosen the nut that holds the plastic housing to the bike and pull the housing towards you so that you have more room to push the valve through its hole. Clip the zip tie that holds the hose (right behind the valve). Then push the valve back thru the hole in the plastic housing. Tighten the nut that you loosened on the plastic housing.

I tried several locations to run the air hose, and most of them interfered with re-installing the seat properly. It's a tight fit under the seat. I finally came up with a location that works without interference. Here you can see where I attached the hose I bought from Amazon to the OEM hose:



Be sure to run the Amazon hose as shown:



Thread the end of the Amazon hose between the large wire loom and clutch cable and zip-tie the hose to the zip-tie that is already in place. You'll notice that I installed a piece of wire wrap over the threaded end of the valve to protect it from rubbing:





This is what the installation looks like with the side cover re-installed. Neat and tidy and barely noticeable, yet much easier to use:



Obviously, you would want to check your shock air pressure when the engine is not hot to avoid burning your hand. But I don't think the valve is close enough to the cylinder head to be of concern.

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Very good idea and write-up!

Thing I don't quite get is this need folks seem to have to adjust the shock air pressure on a regular basis. I set mine at appx 35 or maybe it was 40 lbs and haven't changed it since I got the bike a year ago. Most of the time my wife rides with me but I do ride solo now and then ... I don't see any need to change the pressure.

Had air ride front and rear on a previous bike... same thing ... set it at near max on the rear and half way on the front and never changed that in 3 years. Never saw a need to.

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Very good idea and write-up!

Thing I don't quite get is this need folks seem to have to adjust the shock air pressure on a regular basis. I set mine at appx 35 or maybe it was 40 lbs and haven't changed it since I got the bike a year ago. Most of the time my wife rides with me but I do ride solo now and then ... I don't see any need to change the pressure.

Had air ride front and rear on a previous bike... same thing ... set it at near max on the rear and half way on the front and never changed that in 3 years. Never saw a need to.
Air pressure is not something you can set and forget. Do you check the air pressure in your tires on a regular basis?

Here in MO where the weather can be very volatile in the spring and fall, I check my tire pressure every couple of weeks. Last Saturday the high was 73 and the low Sunday was 16. With those kind of temperature swings, keeping on top of tire and shock pressure is mandatory.

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I check my shock and tire pressure regularly, rarely need to add or subtract. My shock i run at 10psi for me and about 30 for 2 up.

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Air pressure is not something you can set and forget. Do you check the air pressure in your tires on a regular basis?

Here in MO where the weather can be very volatile in the spring and fall, I check my tire pressure every couple of weeks. Last Saturday the high was 73 and the low Sunday was 16. With those kind of temperature swings, keeping on top of tire and shock pressure is mandatory.
I didn't say that I never checked it ... just that I don't change it. I check the shock pressure when I change the oil ... it doesn't vary much. Was the same on my '06 Venture.

What I am saying is I don't see a need to change the pressure depending on the load (1-up vs 2-up), etc as some seem to do. Seems a bit much if this morning I go out by myself so I cchange the shock pressure to eg 15 and then my wife gets on for a few hours so I change it again to eg. 35 and then she's off the bike again so now it's back to 15 .... and that seems to be what some are saying they are doing.

Come to think of it tho, neither of us are "large" people (we both weigh around 150-160 lbs each) so maybe that's the reason....????

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For me its not so bad, my wife doesnt ride very often so its a obce in a while change for me, for others like you silvr it makes sense to set it and leave it.

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Nice write up JonW. Where are you located in MO?

I am in Wentzville.

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Great Job and write up!
I need to change psi frequently as I ride alone at 40 and with passenger @ 65 psi as I
corner aggressively and do scrape parts..
Those that don't or ride more like HD riders have little need to change it I suppose...

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Funny how a few think victory is a better bike then harley but you have to pull a side cover to get at your air hose. Where harley puts it between bag and fender

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