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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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diy air ride.. Gabriel PSI and Ride Height Q

Hey all.. I need your help..
So I finished my setup and running Gabriels with a digital PSI gauge. I can be at a known PSI either at 11" or full 14" (shock length). What I do is air it up to the max.. ride it.. it will settle down to about 12.5" and is so so, PSI shows 100. I can air it up to raise.. still shows 100... drop the air and it lowers, mostly too much and can still show 90-100. It's like they are sticky and don't really respond to any PSI change, this makes dialing in the ride almost impossible. Currently close to max safe riding height is a little stiff. Anyone have a gauge and experience anything close to this?
Just sitting on the lift it was easy to change the PSI and watch the height change.. really thought will riding I would find the sweet spot, but that so far isn't the case. Monroe's act this way?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 07:14 PM
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I don't have a gauge and I have the Monroes. I simply use the road conditions to determine my level of air and comfort. I don't pay that close attention to height while riding because it's the comfort i seek. Now if I'm at a bike night event somewhere I air down low because it looks way better than jacked up

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Yeah.. I did that as well.. if it was as easy as super high with high PSI was stiff and Mid way up with Mid way PSI was softer.. it would be so easy. It doesn't seem possible to find that sweet spot for these Gabriels.. I see myself getting a set of Monroe's to try out.. luckily all the hard work is done. I've heard most like 60 PSI with the Monroe's.. 60 with these Gabriels puts it way way too low to ride safely.. I would say 9.5-10"... Belt loose and just a sqeekin LOL.
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I have Arnott Alduns and they act the same way. I just take off with no air and air up on the fly. When I find the sweet spot I quit adding air. Gauge remains constant. It flops all over the place when I hit bumps. But I used the gauge to fill the hole once occupied by the ambient temp gauge.

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That is good to know.. I went ahead and ordered the Monroe shocks.. figured why not.. cheap enough to A B test it. After digging through a BOAT load of post, some mentioned the Monroes ride better than the Gabriels. So far I'm not a fan of the stiff ride... do love the height change on the fly.

You know sometimes I wonder if there is a super duper set of air shocks in the world that would be sweet.... and the masses can't help themselves with using the cheapest one's on the market.. ha ha ha
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push to connects

So the Gariel has a better air line joint vs the Monroe.. still haven't went down the road yet.

Where do you find the push to connect fittings for the Monroe shocks?
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So the Gariel has a better air line joint vs the Monroe.. still haven't went down the road yet.

Where do you find the push to connect fittings for the Monroe shocks?
Member "66 promod" over on choppedbaggers.com makes / sells them. Here is a link to his thread:

http://choppedbaggers.com/forums/sho...rline-fittings


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I still use the stock air line fittings that are on the monroes. I haven't had any problems with them

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When i first installed my air ride , i used monroes, they were bottoming out, I didnt like the ride, had to max out the air, I installed Gabe, much better, but I still have to air up to 100 plus to get a firm ride, if not I will bottom out. I am not very happy with the set up, been looking for some better shocks, I would like to ride low and not worry about bottoming out. I have a 05 road glide. Will see if i can find some good shocks that will not cost so much. I keep on searching the web. often. Anyone have the same problem, or find a fix for a better ride
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