Re: 2003 harleydavidson rear shocks leaking how to check
In the arely forum pages, they say to put soap around the connexctor at the top of the shock. Start with the hoses and check them for cracks. The Harley shocks are known for this problem and is usually in the head of the shcok where the connector installs and can be replaced with new air shock parts for the connector to the shock. Hope this helps. TOm
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If the bike is real bouncy with no dampining you need to have shock rebuilt you cant just add oil to fix.Most rear mono shocks have a little bottle of nitrogen gas on side of shock.When shock seals go bad the oil and gas leaks out. Most times it is cheaper to find shop to rebuild shock then buying new one.Mono shocks can run anywhere from 250.00 to 500.00$.you can get rebuilt for about 100.00 to 150.00$ depending on parts needed.
Yes, they are a sealed unit, and once they start leaking, then you have to replace them, i would recomend replacing them with an aftermarket set, such as Koni, or KYB, there are many to choose from, cheaper than a standard set too. The same applies if your bike has a single rear shock absorber, replacements are available.
You can change it. Im looking for the correct amount to do it myself. I already pulled mine apart and bought a rebuild kit for it. Comes with a new nitrogen bladder, o rings for the seal, and a few other necessary items. Just remember to measure where the jam nuts holding your spring is so you can put it back in the correct location. As for the nitrogen i heard 150 psi. I'm fortunate to work at an offroad racing shop so i'm just gonna fill mine with nitrogen there, but i dont think you should get charged too much at a regular bike shop. Rockymountainatv.com has the rebuild kit. You will need the seals atleast. If i find anything else out i'll let you know. Hope this helps.