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    Shock pumps vs floor pumps

    Are shock pumps any different than floor pumps? Can a floor pump be used for adding air to front fork shocks?
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    Shock pumps add air at a lower rate so you don't blow up your squisher.

    Small volume, high pressure.

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    Small volume, high pressure.
    Yeah, I learned the hard way. It would take forever to pump a tire with a shock pump.

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    You can get a track pump (like a Silca Super-Pista) that will generate the pressures you need; but it also creates way more air volume than you want to inflate a shock. Also, the shock's Shraeder valve core is usually embedded differently inside the stem than a tire's is.

    I toyed with this "kill-two-birds-with-one-pump" idea once before good sense prevailed and I just bought a shock pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsmike View Post
    Are shock pumps any different than floor pumps? Can a floor pump be used for adding air to front fork shocks?
    As mentioned previously,
    floor pump = high volume
    shock pump = low volume, & capable of higher pressures (some as high as 300 psi)

    I'm not sure if the friction-grip heads of a typical floor pump can secure itself around a shock valve since the valves are quite short.

    A shock pump gives better and more accurate pressure control. Also, a shock pump allows you to bleed down the pressure at fairly small increments for more precision.

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