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Old 20th January 2008
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I have a dumb question. I just got some RK air shocks from the bay. How do you add air? They have brass plugs. Do I need to buy air stems now?
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Yes, you will need the lines and line caps and collars that hold the lines in place, run to a t-schrader valve so you can air them.

Be aware that the manual for my bike say for a single rider, 5-10 pounds, and 15psi for two up riding.
This is why Harley sells a hand air pump for the air system.

There is a big warning never to use a compressed air to air them, it can blow the seals out of them.

I have seen were some use a single schrader pre-side, this can lead to them being uneven, and give you a very uneven ride.
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You can get a fill kit from dealership that has all fittings and lines, with a single fill valve. A bit pricey, but once installed, you have one point to fill and adjust, and both shocks will be set equally. I have my fill valve located on left side mounted to one of the rear fender strut bolts. But imagination will take you far as well!
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Oh yeah.... I also run these empty or up to 4-6 psi solo and have run up to 15-17 two up and loaded bags. Make sure you get one of the hand pumps for the shocks....they have a micro adjusting valve so you can adjust in 1/2 psi increments!
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go to napa to get the air valves about 3.00 dollars apiece
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Get the air valves at NAPA or Ace hardware and the Progressive air balance kit like the one on the link.

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...06&skuId=58318
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After looking all over town, I finally found them at NAPA. If I can't keep the pressure even, I'll probably eventually get the whole kit, but I'll see how this works first.
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I got the micro pump off eBay to pump up the shocks.
You can't just throw a compressor hose on it and fill it up because the chamber is real small...
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Get the air valves at NAPA or Ace hardware and the Progressive air balance kit like the one on the link.

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...06&skuId=58318
That link is for forks not rear shocks.
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I got the micro pump off eBay to pump up the shocks.
You can't just throw a compressor hose on it and fill it up because the chamber is real small...
Yeah. I'm about to get one from ebay. Jireh has them listed cheaper than I've found on ebay, but they're out of stock. That's twice I've ordered from them, and twice they've been out of stock.
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