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03-08-2016, 03:42 PM,
#61
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
For those that are following this thread, I'm still on it! Lots of progress but a few speed bumps along the way. Weather is also not fully cooperating but it is getting there. I'll be posting pix once I put the bike together. Currently, I only have a little free time here & there to do this. Spring/Summer can't come soon enough. I envy you all who have year round pleasant riding weather (and giant garages to work in, lol).
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03-08-2016, 04:19 PM,
#62
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
Year round riding season is a myth. Lol. Here in florida we have 100+ degree summer's where you risk heat stroke on a bike, then hurricane season. Our true riding season is December to early April if we're lucky, which just happens to be the most dangerous time on the road because of blind snow birds. Maybe California has better weather. However I know many people with a bike as their only transportation, myself included at one point. Anyway. Keep us updated. I have to sell one of my other bikes to mod my vstar but as soon it sells I should be good to go.

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03-26-2016, 07:53 PM,
#63
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
New York weather has been extremely uncooperative. Today was a good day though & I was able to put everything together for posting purposes. I'll put the pix up either later tonight or tomorrow. I'm not an Easter kind of guy so it'll give me something to do.
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03-29-2016, 10:30 AM,
#64
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
Sorry for the delay. Broke my phone & just got a replacement. Was able to salvage all the pix so I'll upload them into my PC & start the sharing process soon.
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03-29-2016, 09:51 PM,
#65
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
You ever get these kits setup yet?
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04-02-2016, 04:04 PM,
#66
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
Anyone else from the northeast here? This weather has been so sporadic. About 80 degrees F yesterday but expecting snow late tonight into tomorrow. Just insane! Anyway, I've been going through the pix and have narrowed them down to what would be most important for this build. Didn't want to make this too lengthy since it's all been covered pretty well. Can't finish the bike due to weather but at least I got what you'll need to start and finish yours if you choose to go this route. I'll be uploading it in just a short while.
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04-02-2016, 05:59 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-02-2016, 06:40 PM by officer140.)
#67
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
I again want to thank Maustarman for the inspiration to do this. All instructional credit goes to him. This is to supplement what he has already posted so don't go by this without referring to the older posts!! Without further delay, here's the basic pictorial how-to:

I started off with my almost fully stock 2006 V Star Classic 1100 with only 2,069 miles on it (1,100 which I put on last year when I first got it). I've done most of the mods and upgrades while doing this project which was a big reason for the delay in making this pictorial how-to.

[Image: VSTAR%20PROJECT.jpg]

[Image: ODOMETER.jpg]

I purchased a used stock shock from eBay just in case things didn't work out too well - $25 shipped. Not a bad safety investment. You're going to need to cut the clevis from your original shock and weld it onto your air shock. Here's what you're basically looking to do:

[Image: SHOCK%20COMPARISON.jpg]

Now, you'll need to drill open the air ride shock so that the factory bolt will fit through. I drilled from stock size and walked it up to a 7/16" which was a perfect fit. As per Maustarman's advice, I reinforced the shock weld there. Also, being that the air shock, when fully extended, is approximately 2" taller than the stock shock, I eliminated the majority of the neck of the clevis. Then of course, put a beefy weld on there too. Not sure if it'll make a big difference. I then sprayed a few light coats of rubberized bed liner undercoating spray to help prevent any rust from forming.

[Image: AIRSHOCK%20NECK2.jpg]
[Image: AIRSHOCK%20NECK1.jpg]
[Image: CLEVIS%20NECK2.jpg]
[Image: CLEVIS%20NECK1.jpg]

Unfortunately, my air shocks didn't come with the necessary hardware (or maybe I misplaced it and truly don't remember). Either way, I ended up going to Home Depot and finding the necessary components to make it work.

[Image: AIRSHOCK%20CONNECTOR.jpg]
[Image: AIR%20VS%20STOCK.jpg]
[Image: GAP%20SPACE.jpg]

As can be seen, there's plenty of room available surrounding the connector and hose. My connector rotates 360 degrees around so there's no concern that it's position is fixed and likely to cause a break. (I used a short piece of hose to compress the shock for installation). Once the shock is installed, move on to your compressor set up.

This is where your compressor should mount up. It's pictured earlier by Maustarman but here's a view of it out of the bike.

[Image: COMPRESSOR%20TEST%20FIT.jpg]

Run your air hoses (remembering that a little slack is good while too much slack is no good). Run your electrical wires. Test to make sure it all works as it should. If so, you're done! Put it all together and test it out. I didn't get a chance to ride mine yet due to continuing project mods and upgrades. The weather has been unkind as well so it's not like I can ride anyway. Good luck and enjoy. I'll answer whatever questions I can to help along with your custom build.

Here's a pic of the bike fully inflated to max (very extreme and is for demonstration purposes).


[Image: FULLY%20INFLATED.jpg]

And another pic of the bike slammed all the way down.


[Image: FULLY%20LOWERED.jpg]

I left it fully inflated for over a week to see if there were any leaks. I'm happy to say that there are none!

Here's a little video of me testing the inflation and releasing of the air.

Inflating:

[Image: th_TEST%20UP.mp4]

Deflating:

[Image: th_TEST%20DOWN.mp4]

I'm still looking for a decent air gauge to mount on here that will both be pleasing to the eye and functional as I sit on the bike. Also, am looking into an air canister for swift inflation. I'd like for it to go up just as fast as it goes down. I don't normally have bags on the bike so I'm looking for an option that can be used "bagless'. Again, it would have to be aesthetically pleasing but very functional.

I'm wondering if a 1 gallon tank would be enough to get the bike up in one shot for solo riding. I can get one of those in a slim design and believe I can mount comfortably. What do you guys think?
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04-03-2016, 12:18 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-03-2016, 12:18 AM by Maustarman.)
#68
DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
@ officer140
Good job!
That's exactly what I did ... You got it to the T... :)
Glad it worked out .
It's much better than some earlier attempts by some people in another forum that used air cylinders and it basically was an up and down toy with no suspension at all (a hard tail ride)

Air tank, I'll be working on one in the next couple of weeks... An idea from the bagger forum -- it's a 24oz paintball bottle with some mods..enough to get the bike up about two times.
Will share the process as soon as it's done
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04-03-2016, 08:51 AM,
#69
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
That was my thoughts exactly - a paintball gun air tank. I did see a cheap 1 gallon project tank online. It's s'posed to be small. I may get it anyway just for reference. Worst case scenario, I'll use it for another project. I'm always doing something, lol.
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04-03-2016, 02:08 PM,
#70
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
(03-08-2016, 04:19 PM)joekool4 Wrote: Year round riding season is a myth. Lol. Here in florida we have 100+ degree summer's where you risk heat stroke on a bike, then hurricane season. Our true riding season is December to early April if we're lucky, which just happens to be the most dangerous time on the road because of blind snow birds. Maybe California has better weather. However I know many people with a bike as their only transportation, myself included at one point. Anyway. Keep us updated. I have to sell one of my other bikes to mod my vstar but as soon it sells I should be good to go.

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Out here in the desert between San Diego and Yuma, we have "year 'round" riding, you just have to dress/pack for it. I ride nearly every day, 45° to 115°, I always, and I mean ALWAYS carry drinking water with me. And have learned to stop more often in the heat to replenish. Figured out that most restaurants / fast food joints will give you water if you ask. So the heat shouldn't stop you. It's the flying objects (huge bugs,birds) that will get you. My wife wasn't paying as close attention as she should have been one morning on her way to work and took a dove to the face, she was alright, a bit embarrassed and a bruised nose, but ok.
VStarCowboy aka Don

2001 VStar 1100AN - my bastard bike with loads of chrome.
Mustang seats, Mustang tank bra, Cobra pipes w/o baffles, DynaTek 3000,Engine guard, Hiway pegs,Metzeler 888's, SlipStreamer Windshield, 3.5" Chrome billet risers, Leather handgrip fringes.
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04-09-2016, 03:54 PM,
#71
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
NY weather is still being stubborn. Has dropped back down to the 20's & 30's at night. Rain & snow continue to pop up on the forecast...sigh
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04-12-2016, 09:20 AM,
#72
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
All in, about how much did cost? Buying the extra stock shock is definitely a great idea as well.

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04-14-2016, 01:59 AM,
#73
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
I lost the numbers but I'll redo the math later. I wanna say about $330 having to pay for absolutely zero labor & buying the extra shock. I should have the air tank by tomorrow. Finally, NY weather has turned for the best. Looks like sunny days and about 60's -70's all week. I need to take advantage & put this project back together.
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05-01-2016, 06:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-01-2016, 06:36 PM by saenz60.)
#74
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
hey Guys , hope every one is doing good. I tried doing the air suspension on my bike with no luck. Wondering if anyone has any ideas. Tried 2 different shocks (ma-785). it will not raise the bike . I tried raising it with a jack and inflating the shock, as soon as i lowered the jack, the bike comes right back down. it is not leaking air , has about 100 psi still no luck.


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05-20-2016, 05:46 AM,
#75
RE: DIY Air-Ride for Vstar 1100 !
@saenz60: Oddly enough, I noticed that the shock will not rise with me sitting on it. I thought something went completely wrong until I got off of the bike and it went up just fine. I still haven't taken her out for a spin [just got my chrome rims in =-) ]. Maybe Maustarman can chime in with some knowledge.
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