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Does anyone know how to adjust the pressure on my rear shock? I have the 2013 crossroads classic. I can't even see the shock due to the side bags.
 

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Under the right side cover is a Shrader (air) valve and there is a label inside the right case lid that tell you how much air to have in the shock relative to the load. Always go on the high side allowing for your riding gear and the junk in the cases. Here's what you fill the shock with........
https://www.google.com/search?q=motorcycle+rear+shock+air+pump&oq=motorcycle+rear+shock+air+pump&aqs=chrome..69i57.14084j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
I found it, just got to find a hand pump now... or crank the compressor down.
 

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I found it, just got to find a hand pump now... or crank the compressor down.
NO, NO, NO, NO!!! Never use compressor air! There's a very small volume to fill in that shock and its easy to blow it out and then you have to replace the shock. Check out the price of a replacement shock and you will see why I'm so adamant.
 

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NO, NO, NO, NO!!! Never use compressor air! There's a very small volume to fill in that shock and its easy to blow it out and then you have to replace the shock. Check out the price of a replacement shock and you will see why I'm so adamant.
Point noted. No Compressor. Thanks.
 

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I beg to differ with everyone who says "never use compressor air", uhhhh, air is air guys. Volume of your compressor has no bearing on how much air will go in, it's all about the pressure regulator. I have ALWAYS used my 80 gallon craftsman oil less compressor to air up my shock and tires. Still have original shock and it still works just fine. If you use a regulator and set it to 65-70 (or if you just set your compressor to not fill beyond 70 psi) and you just pop the chuck on the shrader for a second and then check the pressure with the gauge and do again as needed till you hit the mark your looking for, you'll be fine. Common sense goes a long way in instances like this. Of course, having said that, I realize there are some out there who lack common sense, sooooooo............. :devil

Just saying.
 

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But why risk a $700+ shock just for that convenience? I like to consider "what can possible go wrong" before proceeding with something that has risks.
 

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But why risk a $700+ shock just for that convenience? I like to consider "what can possible go wrong" before proceeding with something that has risks.


Scaredy cat....let them spend their money! Spending money is fun!


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I beg to differ with everyone who says "never use compressor air", uhhhh, air is air guys.
BAD ADVICE unless you feel "lucky".
 

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What good is money if you can't spend it? :wink Like I said, common sense.
 

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The issue isn't the volume of the air compressor, it's the very small volume of the shock. There's likely much more air volume in an air compressor air hose than the Victory rear shock. IMHO, using anything but a hand pump designed for the task is taking a very expensive chance. All for absolutely no good reason.

But I'm sure there are a few former Victory dealers who would like to sell someone a very expensive new rear shock. If Polaris has them in stock that is.
 

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BAD ADVICE unless you feel "lucky".
We know which party you support, your advice lacks any cred in my book.
4 years no problems, obviously your one of them that lacks the "common sense" I mentioned. :laugh
 

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You can use a compressor. You just put the regulator at what ever psi you want. Pressure is pressure. Do you guys who say it's bad to use a compressor realize that?
 

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Common sense is wrongly named,
it's actually not very common.
 

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Just buy anything like this


Andre using TaPaTaLk
 

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60-70 psi is actually fairly high for motorcycle suspension,
Eg . My Gpz900r has front airways that are 9psi Max.
,impossible to regulate accurately that low, I use a bicycle hand pump, just the act of checking released a few pounds of pressure.
That's where those specialised suspension pumps are invaluable.
My workshop compressor has a regulator, when using air sanders etc I run it flat out up around 90 psi.
When I'm spray painting with a HVLP Sata spray gun 30 psi is the Max and then I can back it off more to suit the job I'm doing, generally I'll set my regulator at 25 to be safe and usually pull it back even lower as the Sata atomises excellently and lays the paint on real nice.

Now the thing is compressor regulators aren't always real accurate and a spraygun will soon let you know you got too much by trying to force the paint out even without the trigger pulled, it's best to set on the low side unless I'm running an air sander then it's wide open.

Rear shocks ain't cheap and we know they're not the best quality to start with so in my opinion it's a brave or foolish man who trusts his compressors air regulator/water trap to accurately meter air at those sort of pressures.
 

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Some Side Cover Precautions and Alternatives

Does anyone know how to adjust the pressure on my rear shock? I have the 2013 crossroads classic. I can't even see the shock due to the side bags.
Now that you know how to do this, a couple of suggestions, particularly if you find yourself adjusting the shock often (say, going from solo to two-up riding, or changing plushness for a superslab day to better ground-clearance and tautness for a track day or a day in the twisties, and so forth):

1) Make sure you refasten the side cover well, i.e., securely back in place.

I'm assuming from your question that you may be new to the world of Vics. If so, you may not have read posts here, over the years, about folks having their side covers fly off down the highway.

A) I've found that the easiest reinstallation involves lightly centering the back grommet over the back barb, then aligning the other two grommets/barbs, then pushing the back all the way in, then the other two, then pressing on the center of the side cover.

B) Keep an eye on those grommets, as they get worn out or, in one case on my XCT, simply fall out. Replace as necessary; when Vic was still a brand, you could get them for about a buck a piece at a dealer.

C) Based on a suggestion on this or the other forum, I put 3/8" heat-shrink tubing over the front-most barb on each side -- just that one on each side. I think this adds a perfect amount of tension. Here's a pic of that:



2) If you decide that you don't want to mess with the right side cover at all, you may want to relocate the Schrader valve.

A lot of folks have done this, such that it points either left or right, in an area just below the back of the engine. I believe @MTVic first posted about this mod, in this excellent thread (which includes assorted variations on that theme):

http://www.victoryforums.com/34-victory-cross-country-cross-roads/59042-quick-ez-way-relocate-shock-filler-nipple.html

Speaking of variations, I went for a slightly different location, and drilled through the side cover (which, yep, is not something a lot of folks would choose to do). I have a how-to write-up of this mod on a page of my web site: Adding an External Schrader Valve for the Air Shock on a Victory Cross Country Motorcycle . And here's a pic of how that winds up:

 

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Just buy anything like this


Andre using TaPaTaLk
I ordered one on amazon tonight. Should have it Monday.

Now that you know how to do this, a couple of suggestions, particularly if you find yourself adjusting the shock often (say, going from solo to two-up riding, or changing plushness for a superslab day to better ground-clearance and tautness for a track day or a day in the twisties, and so forth):

1) Make sure you refasten the side cover well, i.e., securely back in place.

I'm assuming from your question that you may be new to the world of Vics. If so, you may not have read posts here, over the years, about folks having their side covers fly off down the highway.

A) I've found that the easiest reinstallation involves lightly centering the back grommet over the back barb, then aligning the other two grommets/barbs, then pushing the back all the way in, then the other two, then pressing on the center of the side cover.

B) Keep an eye on those grommets, as they get worn out or, in one case on my XCT, simply fall out. Replace as necessary; when Vic was still a brand, you could get them for about a buck a piece at a dealer.

C) Based on a suggestion on this or the other forum, I put 3/8" heat-shrink tubing over the front-most barb on each side -- just that one on each side. I think this adds a perfect amount of tension. Here's a pic of that:



2) If you decide that you don't want to mess with the right side cover at all, you may want to relocate the Schrader valve.

A lot of folks have done this, such that it points either left or right, in an area just below the back of the engine. I believe @MTVic first posted about this mod, in this excellent thread (which includes assorted variations on that theme):

http://www.victoryforums.com/34-victory-cross-country-cross-roads/59042-quick-ez-way-relocate-shock-filler-nipple.html

Speaking of variations, I went for a slightly different location, and drilled through the side cover (which, yep, is not something a lot of folks would choose to do). I have a how-to write-up of this mod on a page of my web site: Adding an External Schrader Valve for the Air Shock on a Victory Cross Country Motorcycle . And here's a pic of how that winds up:

Thanks. Yes new to the world of Victory. So much more comfortable than my Shadow though, so no complaints.
I'm going to look into the methods of relocation. The wife likes to ride on occasion and I like the idea of not wearing out the grommets
 
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