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    How do you let air out of the Lefty without blowing out oil?

    I want to try a softer setting on my shocks, but they blow out oil when I try to let the air out. The Lefty blows out red oil and the RP3 blows out green oil.

    I probably need to let out around 20psi from both of these.
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    I was concerned at first too but someone here mentioned it's normal on all air shocks.

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    so... how do we know how much oil is left without taking it apart?
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    I've let the air out of my Lefty many times and my rear shock as well, neither has ever blown out oil.

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    ditto

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    If oil gets out, it's just that they put too much in. It's not the damper's oil it's just lubing oil that helps everything stay smooth and helps making sure no air can get out. If no oil comes out, not a problem, if there is, not a problem either they just probably overlubed... If you have a gallon spraying out each time though... well, I'm not sure a gallon could fit in there.

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    Turn it upside down for a minute or two before in/deflating.
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    worry if you DONT have

    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    Turn it upside down for a minute or two before in/deflating.
    any oil coming out as you disconnect a pump. those air chambers ought stay well lubed so as to protect the piston seal. turning the bike upside down (or elevating the schrader valve above the air chamber) periodically is actually good maintenance for the chamber's seal. same goes for rear air shocks....minimize the loss of oil during shock pump disconnect.

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    I typically pump the shocks with the bike up-side-down. It's easier to access that way and of course, the bike is more stable. After disconecting the pump I hold a paper towel over the end of it and give a few strokes to get all the oil out. Usually not much. I'm leaving it up-side-down overnight and will make the adjustments in the morning before my ride.
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