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The rear shocks on my 81 gl 1100 stay pumped up only if I fill them all the way hard , if I only put 35 or 40 lbs in they will leak down some times in only a couple of hours or even less . I don.t get it ?? I do prefer the harder fill but just wonder why they do this??
 

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hi picasso sounds like the seal in the shock when you fill to the top the pressure forces the seal tighter on the shaft
 

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Thats just what I was most fearing,,,,,I just did put new saddlebag bars and stuff on ,,,now to take it all loose to replace the dang shocks!!!! Dang!!!
Well maybe I'll wait till I have too!
 

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could be a connector loosened , little rubber seal inside broken or worn, who know's squires could have chewed the hoses. many possible thing's
 

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picasso if you mix up a little water and washing liquid in a spray bottle can you get to the shock and see were the bubbles come from
 

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No obvious damage except for a broken boot rubber . I will check for a hose leak but the seal makes more sense as it does stay pumped if totally pumped up.


Thanks everyone.
 

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I would think if it was a seal leak, you would see some fluid leaking somewhere.my fronts used to leak down in a couple of hours.When I changed the tube fluid, I greased up the orings and made them good and snug the leak stopped.
 

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The rear air shocks are rebuildable, the seals can be bought at www.servicehonda.com and very reasonable too. I rebuilt a set last spring and it was easy and cheap....
cheers,
Kevo
 
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