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Old 02-17-2017, 10:40 AM
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Just bought a 2016 Freewheeler and found that the air ride shocks had zero air in them. Tried to fill the shocks with air from a compressor but I can't get more than 10 lbs of air into them.
I cannot get a good purchase on the air valve with any air chuck and my normal air pressure gauges will not fit.
It seems that Harley special built these valve so you have to buy the air pump from Harley. Is this true or am I overlooking something? I can't move the air valve out further, tried to already.
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you need a no loss pump. I got one from Harley for $50.00 It is not recommended to fill with an air compressor
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I did find some fix my hog videos on the suspension. That reminded me about the high cost of owning a Harley. Every little thing costs extra. HD=hundred dollar. Yes, I just bought the air pump. And then my grand daughter wanted some HD stickers for the back of her battery powered pink Mustang. Had to buy that too.

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I use two ways. Bought the 6" flexible extension to the tire valves that many use to fill the rear tire in a bagger. Works just fine on the trike shock valve. Also from my bicycling days I have a tire pump that is about six to 8 inches long and it works.

Most tire inflators pin inside the chuck will not reach deep enough to push the valve in the stem.

It is H-D's way to protect the shocks. The amount of air in the shocks is so small that a high pressure air supply will damage the system.

How to fill the shocks proper is in the owners manual by the way.
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I bought a Bell bicycle tire pump with a built in gage at Wal Mart for $15. Works fine. It is the 'portable hand' kind, not the 'step on' model so I can carry it in my trunk. Used it on the shocks on 3 Tri-Glides, and now my Freewheeler. Just takes some practice. If your shocks are bleeding down that quickly, maybe want to take it back to the dealer if you are still under warranty
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