Do you need a special pump for air shocks?
A regular pump, floor or otherwise, doesn’t produce enough pressure to pump air into the tiny chambers air forks/shocks have. Yes, to answer your question, it probably is going to require a shock pump. Unless your running very low pressure in it.
Can I use tire pump for air shock?
Condensed Answer: A floor pump cannot be used effectively for pumping up shocks because it operates with a high volume/low-pressure cylinder and many models cannot even reach the high PSI needed by shocks. The result is inaccuracy and ineffective control of the air in the shock.
What is the difference between a shock pump and tire pump?
A shock pump is designed to fill a very small volume of space with very high air pressures. A tire pump is designed to fill a large volume of air, to relatively low pressures, pretty quickly.
Can I use a air compressor for bike shock?
An air compressor will blow your fork/shock up. Even if you could use an air compressor, you would lose all the air when you check the pressure with a gauge. You have to use shock/fork pump. You never lose air from the fork/shock when you unscrew the pump.
Can I use a regular pump as a shock pump?
Due to the small volume of the air chamber in forks and shocks, the amount of air loss a normal tire pump would allow would be unacceptable. You may also have a difficult time reaching the pressures required using a tire pump.
What can I use instead of a shock pump?
A small Allen wrench or a shaped air cap that fits inside the Schrader valve to release pressure. If your air cap has a pointed top, you can use it to tap the valve stem to release gas pressure from the shock.
How do you pump up a shock without a shock pump?
Hold the cap inverted on the valve stem and tap it with a finger to release pressure in small spurts. Use an Allen key to tap the valve stem if your air cap won’t do. Give your fork or shock a shove every so often to check for the correct pressure and stop when it feels close.
Can I use a normal pump as a shock pump?
Due to the small volume of the air chamber in forks and shocks, the amount of air loss a normal tire pump would allow would be unacceptable. You may also have a difficult time reaching the pressures required using a tire pump. Get a shock pump.
Can you use a compressor as a shock pump?
Whatever you do, DO NOT use an air compressor to pump up your forks. Go buy a shock pump unless you like the idea of forking out money for new forks.
How do you pump shocks without a shock pump?
How much air pressure should I put in my air shocks?
Keep in mind that air shocks are like tires: you shouldn’t operate the air shocks with no air in them. For a manual system, you should have a minimum of 20 PSI in the shocks. When under load, add only enough air pressure to maintain level ride height.