Air Shock - Hose Extension

Discussion in 'Thunder Stroke 111 Guides & How-To's' started by rickkcir, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. rickkcir

    rickkcir God Bless Texas

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    I've been wanting to do this for three years... finally. Hows that for procrastination?

    I'd ordered an 13" Stainless Steel hose ages ago... but .. .realized the 'bend' wasn't working for me enough to get the cover on over it. I sat it aside months and months ago... basically forgot about it. Then Read somewhere, someone had used an adapter hose meant for duallys... basically, has a 90' bend on one end ... would work.. so I bought a package. But.. too short ( 9" ) . So, I got a 90' elbow to use with the original hose... and .... perfecto' . Cover closes tight, all good. For now, I've got it just 'laying' there in the space behind the rear jug..... don't see an issue with it for now. Only negative with this setup.... would be hell checking that air pressure when the motor is hot!


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    Love the idea of doing this but can't get past the issue that this introduces two additional potential leakage points. Will be anxious to hear from you in a month or so how the system is holding air. Hears hoping you have great results!
     
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  3. rickkcir

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    Wondered the same thing... but... damned thing always needs air anyways when I check it for 2 up riding ( never check it when solo ) .. so .. figure I haven't lost anything. Holding air as I type this with no leaks... I'll do some daily checks.

    In a perfect world, one would bypass the hose off the shock itself w/ a replacement... if this doesn't give me satisfactory results.. that's next
     
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    Now if you could add a quality pressure gauge in line that would be visible without removing the side cover that would be the Cat's But.
     
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    image.jpg Added a 15" extension to mine 8 months ago, mounted it to the tab that holds the O2 sensor wire which I no longer needed as I have the dobeck fuel controller.
    Made a heavier gauge tab as the original was paper thin, leaks down about 10 lbs after 3 weeks or so, I normally keep it to 70lbs riding 2 up.
     
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    Did you have any leak down prior to the modification?
     
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    Also, where did you get the 15" hose with the 90 deg end?
     
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    Straight 15" hose that I connected to the existing line off the shock.
     
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    Leak down on stock valve was about 20 lbs every week, I found out the schrader valve was leaking, I changed it when I added the extension.
     
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    Renewed interest on extending the hose, where to find the hardware is the first problem. :(
     
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    If you guys want to keep track of your time I think you will find that the time/effort expended in eliminating *the need to remove the side cover far* exceeds the time you would have spent *removing the side cover* over the course of owning the bike.

    I mean it's 2 seconds off and 4 seconds back on, that's it.

    WD./
     
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    The time isn't the point! It has to do with making a (perceived) improvement to an almost perfect ride that doesn't require any dealers input. Another words make it your own.
     
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    My other ride has similar tabs holding on the side cover, after a few years of occasional removing, the tabs broke off. On my RM, I must remove the left cover two or three times a week, depending how much my wife wants to ride, I can't imagine the tabs holding up. Have your priced a new side cover $$$$
     
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    Evidently you didn't put much thought into your smart ass reply.
     
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    rickkcir God Bless Texas

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    Disagree. My heat shield is in the way. Fringe on the seat is in the way. Bag on they Hwy bar is in the way ... Lid on the hard bag is in the way .

    Good news.. is .. that f***r will never fall off on its own.....
     

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