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I have a 86 aspencade, when i put air in shocks, they dont hold the air, so i know they are shot, what im wondering, are there progressive shocks out there somewhere for this bike? doing a overhaul on the original shocks worth it or just get new ones? any one know about shocks?
 

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Is the leak in the shocks or the air lines?
 

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I have a 86 aspencade, when i put air in shocks, they dont hold the air, so i know they are shot, what im wondering, are there progressive shocks out there somewhere for this bike? doing a overhaul on the original shocks worth it or just get new ones? any one know about shocks?
Where is the air leaking?
It could be the hoses, fittings or the shock itself.
Don't spend money on replacing good parts but rather pin point the problem possibly saving hundreds of dollars.
 

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not sure

Ive never done shocks to be honest, is there a way to check where the leak is?
 

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i usually just use windex,works fine with me
 

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Okay, this is totally weird, but i have never checked for anything like this, do i just spray soap/windex directly on the hose and wait for bubling, or what?
 

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Yes, put pressure in the shocks and then spray the hoses and look for bubbles.
 

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The pump can be broken and leaking, or draining off the air too.
In fact, that's the first thing I'd check.
 

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First of all are you using an on board air compressor, hoses, fittings, etc? If so there are a lot of places it could be leaking. Any of the connections, and the hoses themselves could be rotted, cracked and leaking. Are the boots still on the lower part of the shocks, and if so are they torn or cracked?

I had a bad compressor, bad switches, rotted hoses, and badly rusted shocks with torn boots. I just ripped it all off and installed Progressive 416 shocks, and inflated them with a small 12V tire inflator.
 

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I might be alone on this but I installed the progressive coil over hd shocks. I've been very happy with them, they have made the ride much more comfortable and the bike handles 100% better. But keep in mind I ride two up most of the time and my wife and I are big people. I fixed the leaky hose on my old air by placing a valve at the junction block. The old air would pump up to 55 psi and never leak but it still didn't proved the ride height or feel I was looking for.
 
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