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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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air shocks on a sporty

Ok I know the technical answer to this question but I just want to ask it:

I have an 02 1200C my dad picked up a 99 road king a few months ago and it came with a ton of extra parts that were stock that have been upgraded. He gave me the parts just to have for special projects, my question is if I put the air shocks from the road king on the sporty will I have any issues? The holes match up, I know it will change the look because it won't have the coil spring and all but I kind of like the look it would give it. Would I see any problems from this kind of change?
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From what i have been told, no. it will work fine and give ya a great ride. I'm planning on doing this swap myself sometime in the near future. i've seen used shocks with lines for around 100 bucks on e-bay. If you go ahead with this swap, let me know what you think, i need to soften my ride some.

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No problems, and it's basically a direct swap.

As well as the shocks, you'll need the lines and the filling valve and mounting tab.

I had them on my Dyna for a bit. Worked great until a fateful bridge under construction put an end to that, and almost ruined a 5 day trip.




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They'll work fine. Heck, you've got them, put them on and see if you like it. If not take them back off. Not a lot of work to try them.
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No problems, and it's basically a direct swap.

As well as the shocks, you'll need the lines and the filling valve and mounting tab.

I had them on my Dyna for a bit. Worked great until a fateful bridge under construction put an end to that, and almost ruined a 5 day trip.
Dave, I am pretty sure I just have the shocks. So I will have to buy the lines and the valve, but what is the mounting tab?

I've never worked with air shocks, do I just hook up a regular air compressor up and fill it to the desired psi?

Funny how you ask one question and the answer comes and then 25 other questions come up

Thanks for the help guys.
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The mounting tab is simply the small metal part the valve mounts to, so you can mount IT, somewhere off a single bolt, to hold it in place.

The valve is a tire (Schrader) valve, with the same, red plastic lined inserts in a "T" fitting, to accept 2 lines into one unit.

NO COMPRESSOR!

The shockes have such small volume, you need a small, "No loss" pump. Even using a standard tire guage will cause you to lose 3-4 lbs. HD sells a pump with an integral guage for $50. Progressive sells one too for less. You may be able to find one in a bicycle store, with a guage, for about $25 or so. Guage has to be a "No loss" so no air is lost upon taking the pump off.

If the shocks are off a 1999 RK, they hold 35 MAX psi.

I run mine (235 lbs) at 15 lbs for just me and 25-28 with the wife on.




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ok sweet. Dave thank you brother! I will start doing some research for the no loss pump and the lines and everything. I'm pretty excited about the upgrade. Thanks for the ref on what you run your shocks at, I'm at 250 so I will probably bump it to 18-20 psi. Thanks again.

Any product advice or anything regarding parts I will need is still much appreciated. Will do the change pretty soon and get some pics up.
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make sure that the oil didnt leak out either, they should be capped off until you are ready to put them on, as dave said No Compressor that will ruin the shocks! agood no loss pump for filling them too. i weigh 220 and run about 20lbs in mine. all lines need to be a clean flat cut when you install them so they seat right.
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If you want to try em and see if you like them with out dumping a bunch of money on an air pump. Use a bicycle tire pump, using Dave's math figure your gonna loose air disconnecting and reconnecting, not to mention the air lost checking psi. Pump em up and try em out. I'm basically a cheap @ss this is what I do, sounds like a lot of effort but for once a month, not bad. Just a thought.

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