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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-13-2008, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am about 200 lbs anyone have an idea on shock and air pressure settings.Waiting for the manual and thought I would find out what you guys use,Thanks
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Shocks...20psi per shock...use a hand pump not a gas station air hose..

Tires, if stock, 32 rear and 29 front.


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You can also adjust the shock rebound on the top of the rear shocks. The 2 setting is the factory default, but with more weight on the seat, the 3 setting may be more appropriate. It dampens the rebound (bouncing) a bit. You're only 200 lbs, so it might not really matter. I'm 172 and I like the 2 setting. When I take my wife for a ride I set it to 3 because she doesn't like to bounce. It does seem to help.

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I'm just a little over 200-I keep 15 psi in the shocks, and have the collars set on 3. That's what my back side seems to prefer.
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Thanks guys good info
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haynes manuel says 0 to 43 psi. It does not specify either way per each or to add together. IMHO it would be per each one.

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If I should be using a hand pump (as for a basketball) and not a compressor, what should I be using for the gauge? A tire pressure gauge is no good?

ETA: is this the sort of thing we're talking about? A "Topeak Mini-Master Pump w/Gauge" for $30 at the Sports Authority?


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I filled mine with nitrogen, figured if it was good for the tires it would be good for the shocks. PLUS that is what I fill the shocks on my sons 1/4 midget with

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I use a bicycle shock pump. Bike Nashbar (www.nashbar.com) and Performance Bicycle (www.performancebike.com) have them for around $30 +/-. eBay has a whole bunch of shock pumps listed as well.

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Shocks...20psi per shock...use a hand pump not a gas station air hose..
...or else what?

I happen to have used a small air compressor, meant for tires, when I first got the Vulcan. I just got the shock pump from a local bicycle shop at lunchtime today and will re-do the adjustment... But what irrevocable damage might I have done by using a compressor, how would I know, and what would I do about it?

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