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Old 05-08-2005, 11:11 PM
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Default Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

     

After nummerous attempts, I've decided to ask the pro's on ATM for some help.

I've changed the oil in both my inner chambers, one of them bled perfect, and after assembly, the bleed test passes with flying colors (horizontal test where it you push it all the way in, and it should return to full extended).

However, the other one does not. It does when it's not horizontal, but if it is, it doesn't go all the way out. I'd say it stops 3/8 - 1/2" before the end.

I've added more fluid and bled again, trying to get it to work, but after I'd say 5 times, it's still not working... The other one worked on the first try.

Are their any magic techniques to try to make this work?

My bro and I did (between the 2 of us) 4 shocks this weekend and all of them bled perfectly... Anyway, HELP

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Old 05-09-2005, 12:16 AM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

when i fill the inner chamber, i pump the shaft(that didnt come out right )

about 20 or 30 times to make sure there is no air left in it. then, i install the cap,pump it a few more times, then do the final bleed...usually, that ends up doing the trick...mine did the same thing you described last time a i changed the oil...
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:16 AM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

Hmm, thanks, I guess I'll give that a try (more pumps) and see what happens.
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:33 AM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

This is the trouble I had doing mine, but I had deeper troubles. Ask Shocknut for advise, he will guide you.
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:38 AM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

I have been in to my Showa shocks several times now. One of mine seems to lag just a little when doing the pump/return test. Do not know if it is significant or not. Have you done the compression test yet? Compress the unit and leave it that way for 10 minutes or so and see if any oil leaks out or it loses its ability to uncompress when released. If any oil leaks out or it loses its rebound then its bad and needs to be replaced so I have been told.
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:42 AM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

I did do that test and everything checked out fine... Nothing leaked.
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Old 05-09-2005, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

After you've pumped the comp. rod to bleed the system make sure the rod is fully extended before reinstalling the fork cap.
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Old 05-09-2005, 12:09 PM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

I'm sure I did that, but I'll be doing it again tonight, so I'll make doubly sure I do that. Thanks faded.
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Old 05-10-2005, 02:15 PM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

I bled both of them again last night because after testing again, neither on went to the end

This time I followed the manual exactly, and the first one gave me fits still. The second one was a champ. So I did the second one and it worked better, but still didn't return all the way. I'd say it stopped about a 1/8" from the end. And to be honest, I was so pissed that I just put it back together and am calling it good for now.

I'm sure they'll be fine... I hope so anyway.
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Old 05-10-2005, 04:49 PM
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Default Re: Showa Inter Chamber bleed problem...

I am going to change the oil again in mine in a few weeks as its too hot to ride, perfect time to do maintenance. I will post how it turns out as I had a little trouble with mine returning all the way last time i did them. I have been using Amsoil 10wt fork oil.
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Right on, I look forward to the report
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