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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-2010, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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i need to check the air pressure in the shocks.i have never check it.got the bike used.



1.do you use a hand pump and low pressure gage or is there a special tool ?



2.what pressure do most of you run?



3.how often do you check?



i do not have any problems at this time just wondering.
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Back when i used to run air in my forks I used a bicycle pump. I would put one stroke in and check the pressure.Then let all the air out and give two strokes...then check the pressure. When I figured out how many strokes I needed I would do that. No checking. They hold such a small volume that it changes the actual pressure.

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First you have to use a low pressure pump. I use a bicycle pump. I think the max pressure for the front is 6 lbs psi. Using anything else could blow the seals. Right angle pumps and pressure gauges may not fit in the recess where the valve is located either.

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I use a bicycle pump and check twice a year - once in Spring before first ride and then about the middle of riding season. 6 psi is the maximum and it takes very little air to achieve it so do a little and check it and repeat as necessary. As others have said, too much and you'll have seal trouble.
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You can buy small hand pumps with built-in gauges.
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I believe that I read on one of the forums that to get the right pressure all you had to do is remove valve cores and let forks extend to max. Put valve cores back in and you have got the right pressure. Worked for me.
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