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    shock pump?

    my shock/fork pump works fine but when i unscrew the valve it always lets out air. whats the deal?

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    There is air-pressure in the hose and that is what escapes after you unscrew the hose connector from the valve on the shock. The higher the pressure the more air will come out.
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    ok makes sense.

    but i put 150 psi in fork positive and took off pump and immediately put it back on and it only read about 130 psi.

    any thoughts?

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    ... and if we just ...

    You are refilling the shock pump with air from the shock itself.. It is a low volume high pressure system and that results in a big pressure drop when you re-attach the pump.
    Boyle's law...Boyle's law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    ok so basically if i put in 150 just let it be until next ride

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    Basically, trust your pump to do its job properly.

    If it has a 2 stage fitting, you're good to go. It it just has one stage, put a bit more in than you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawnbike View Post
    ok so basically if i put in 150 just let it be until next ride
    Yes exactly.
    If a fork or shock is working properly, there is no need to check it after every ride. More like 1/month.

    The valve core will close before the pump un-threads. The only air escaping is from the pump hose.
    The pressure gets lower when you reconnect because the air leaves your shock to fill the pump (as noted above).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawnbike View Post
    my shock/fork pump works fine but when i unscrew the valve it always lets out air. whats the deal?
    Is this a FOX shock with Auto Sag? There are two valves on those shocks. Be sure you're attaching the pump to the black valve (not the red). If you try to inflate the red one, the air will rush out when you remove the pump.
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    I have a Topeak shock pump that you have to twist it onto the shock valve and then "engage" it to open the valve. You also disengage it before you remove it. It doesn't leak any air from the shock canister this way.
    Works better than some others I've used.
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