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Front suspension getting soft on V star 1100 1999

Can I just add more air or oil?

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SOURCE: how do you adjust the height of the front suspension on a 2007 1100 v star? mine bottoms out when stopping or bumpy roads.

It's not adjustable. If you need more damping you can change the fork oil to a heavier weight. Put 15w instead of 10w for example. You could also put stiffer springs inside your forks. Rather large job. You could also put a spacer either on top or under the springs you have to get the effect of stiffer springs without actually changing it. Also a large job, but less expensive than new springs. Finally, check your fork seals. If the seals are bad you should see oil leaking from them and that would cause loss of damping.

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The oil is measured in by level, not by volumne.
So add the same amount to each fork to raise the level 10 or 20mm.
It can help to use a heavier wt oil, check the level of what is in there, and replace to the same amount.
Write notes and change one thing at a time, so you can set it back if the chanfges are not working,The manual has a lot of good info

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