Air Shocks

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by lionsm53, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. lionsm53

    lionsm53 Banned

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    Did the 30-60-30 thing on the new SG yesterday, and then a few more miles. Have 50 miles on it at this post. Real nice bike. Left saddle/hard bag seems to vibrate more than it should though,mount is tight.

    Gave the wife a ride, and noticed that we were somewhat bottoming out, or so it felt. (We're not that heavy)

    I asked a friend and he said that the airshocks have to be adjusted when wife is riding with me, or that perhaps the shocks needed air in them. I know now that I have to buy the air pump.

    Does anyone have the numbers of riding alone and riding 2 up, and do these have to be adjusted all the time or?
     
  2. trickydoc

    trickydoc Active Member

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    Check your owners manual it will have all the info you need. I run 5 in my front and 12 in the rear. Works well, even with 2 up. Don't try to fill with an air hose. Again check your manual, if you have one or check the self help sectiion, I think there is something there that might help.
     
  3. dale0202

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    The book shows the air pressure for 2-up riding to be 40-50 psi for a Street Glide. I had the same problem with my ultra. It was bottoming out with my wife riding with me. The book shows the proper air pressure for 2-up riding on a 2009 ultra to be 50 psi. Once I increased to 50 psi, it made a huge difference in the ride. Just make sure to get the Harley shock pump.
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The newer bikes use a higher working pressure then the older bikes. Look in your owners manual for the correct pressures for your shocks.
     
  5. dale0202

    dale0202 Member

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    The service manual states that the shock pressures for a 2009 Street Glide are:

    Rider plus passenger 40-50 psi

    solo rider 200-250 pounds 30-40 psi

    solo rider 250-300 pounds 40-50 psi

    solo rider over 300 pounds 50 psi

    I doubt that many people riding 2-up with tools and other things in the saddle bags are going to have much less than 300 pounds of weight, so I agree with Hobbitt that the rear shock pressure should be 50 psi.
     
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    How about someone posting the early touring bike pressures so I can add it to the self help area? Post the year too.

    Thanks
     
  7. dale0202

    dale0202 Member

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    This is the entire listing for 2009 touring models:

    FLHR/C, FLTR and FLHX

    Solo rider:
    up to 150 pounds 0 psi
    150-200 pounds 0-10 psi
    200-250 pounds 10-20 psi
    250-300 pounds 20-30 psi
    over 300 pounds 30-50 psi​
    Solo rider with capacity luggage of 40 pounds
    up to 150 pounds 10-20 psi
    150-200 pounds 20-30 psi
    200-250 pounds 30-40 psi
    250-300 pounds 40-50 psi
    over 300 pounds 50 psi​

    Maximum GVWR 50 psi
    If P&A Tour-Pak is installed, add 5-10 psi to shock pressure.
    Do not exceed 50 psi rear shock pressure.


    FLHT/C/U

    Solo rider:
    up to 150 pounds 5-10 psi
    150-200 pounds 10-20 psi
    200-250 pounds 20-30 psi
    250-300 pounds 30-40 psi
    over 300 pounds 40-50 psi​
    Solo rider with capacity luggage of 70 pounds
    up to 150 pounds 25-30 psi
    150 to 200 pounds 30-40 psi
    200-250 pounds 40-50 psi
    over 250 pounds 50 psi ​
    Rider plus passenger 50 psi

    Maximum GVWR 50 psi

    Do not exceed 50 psi rear shock pressure
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Thanks Dale, now if someone would post the earlier specs for touring models???
     
  9. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Here is the older model specs
    All models except FLHRS,FLHX-Standard shocks

    Solo rider up to 150 lbs.
    hereafter referred to as "average" 0 psi

    Solo rider 150-200 lbs. 0-10 psi.

    solo rider 200-250 lbs. 5-15 psi.

    Average rider with passenger 10-15 psi.
    up to 150 lbs.

    Average rider with passenger 20-25 psi.
    up to 200 lbs.

    Maximum GVWR. 20-35 psi.


    FLHRS,FLHX only-low profile shocks

    Solo rider up to 160 lbs. 0-5 psi.
    hereafter referred to as "average"

    solo rider 160-200 lbs. 0-10 psi.

    solo rider over 200 lbs. 5-10 psi.

    Average rider with passenger 20-30 psi.
    up to 150 lbs.

    Average rider with passenger 25-35 psi.
    over 150 lbs.

    Maximum GVWR. 40-50 psi.
     
  10. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Good deal Steve, you guys are on the ball :D

    Great forum!:s