I need to disconnect the rear air shock air hose from the valve in order to re-route the line for installing a docking kit. When I re-attach the line, do I need to use thread sealer? Plus, is any other prep required, or do I just refill the lines with air? Thanks.
IT IS QUICK CONNECT FITTINGS, JUST PRESS DOWN THE PLASTICRING AROUND THE FITTING AND PULL OUT THE HOSE. WHEN YOU REFILL THE AIR DONT USE THE THE PUMP THAT YOU USE TO THE TIRES, USE THE PUMP THAT IS MENT FOR SHOCK FILLING OTHERWISE YOU WILL BLOW THE SHOCK
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Raise the rear wheel off the ground and then with a no loss air pump apply more pressure to force any oil down the lines into the shocks, then release all air pressure and press the air line fitting collar in and disconnect the lines. THEN remove the upper shock mounting bolt and lockwasher and flat washer and then remove the lower shock mounting bolt and lockwasher and flat washer and remove the shock absorber assembly from the motorcycle. BUT do not lay it down as the oil will leak out and cannot be replaced so the shock would then be garbage. You could remove the air line fitting and plug the hole with a 1/8 NPT thread plug if the shock is to be retained and stored or etc.
As far as I am aware, the Road king doesn't have air assisted forks. As you have a Harley why don't you go to your local dealer and ask them. But, as Harleys are probably the most modified bike around, it may be worth looking on the forks for a tyre type inflation valve.
I have a 2008 Road King Classic (and have had the tank off), so maybe they're similar. Disconnect the negative lead of the battery.
My dash has a screw under the nose of the seat (which must be removed) and one in the front. lift dash and unplug harness.
If you have a gas gauge in the left hand gas cap, underneath tank unplug it's connector.
The fuel line has a quick disconnect. Pull fitting, and line unplugs. There is a check valve inside to keep gas from leaking, but it's a good idea to have a catch cup, just in case some residual fuel flows out.
From there, I have a bolt on each side of the front of the tank, one in the center rear, then lift it off.
Hi Evansryan30, and the usual options are:
1. Thinner less paded seat.
2. Rear shock lowering kit.
3. Shorter shocks.
4. Shorter air shocks.
5. Front fork lowering kit.
6. Low profile tires.
Good luck and have nice day.
shocks are fine, there is a mixtre of air and fork oil in the air shocks. if u want to check, u need a air pump that screws on and has an air gauge on it. harley sells the one for your bike. proper psi is at 13 psi.
Hi Rlloyd845, try pumping air into the rear suspension and spraying windex on all the connections to see where the leak is then repair as necessary by cutting off the very end of line to make for new seat. Good luck and have nice day.
With motorcycle raised so tire is just touching the supporting surface apply two or three drops of LOCTITE MEDIUM STRENGTH THREADLOCKER 243 (blue) to the threads of each mounting bolt then install the lower shock mounting bolt, lockwasher and flat
washer and tighten to 35-40 ft-lbs (47.5-54.2 Nm) and then install the upper shock mounting bolt, lockwasher and flat
washer and tighten to 35-40 ft-lbs (47.5-54.2 Nm). THEN insert the air tube into the air tube fitting until it bottoms, gently tug on the tube to verify that it is locked in place and then with a special no pressure loss pump available from H-D properly pressurize the rear air suspension system and check for leaks.
The Road King shocks are air adjustable via an air valve located on the right side of the bike just above the rear tire.
Your Harley Davidson owner's manual will tell you what the shocks should be pressurized to depending upon the load on your bike (for instance - if you'll be carrying a passenger - the pressure should be a bit higher than it would be if you were riding solo).
Don't even attempt to read the pressure unless you have the specialized hand pump that is used to pressurize the shocks. You can purchase this from Harley Davidson or via a third party online.
The valve is a typical bicycle / auto air valve - but ... DO NOT attempt to pressurize it with anything but the specialized hand pump. Using anything else will risk over pressurization of your shocks and that's not good. The shocks hold a very small volume of air at relatively low pressure levels - so the hand pump is a must have.