If you’ve got a 2013 Kawasaki KX450F or Honda CRF450R or just a mountain bike with air suspension then you need to get your hands on a Fox Racing Shox Digital Pump.
Fox Racing Shox is known mostly for its popularity in the mountain bike and off-road truck worlds. The Watsonville, California based company has a small presence in the motorcycle/ATV realm with its Podium series shocks and MX-C fork cartridges. Fox Shox specializes in air shocks and suspension in its bicycle products. The motocross industry is beginning to see pneumatic suspension delivered on production bikes beginning this year with 2013 KX450f and Honda CRF450R, allowing some of Fox’s Mountain bike tools to come into play. With the new-style air forks, adjusting the “spring rate” is easily done by simply adding or removing air. However, your bicycle pump isn’t going to get the job done. The slightest air pressure changes can make the big differences to the spring rate, so a trustworthy gauge is critical.
Enter the the Fox Racing Shox High-Pressure Digital Air Pump and Gauge. The name says it all, and its completely simple. In fact, it doesn’t even come with directions because they’re not even necessary. If you can’t figure out how to use this thing you probably shouldn’t be anywhere near a motorcycle in the first place.
The pump offers riders the ability to tune their suspension, accurately allowing the precise addition or removal of air. A simple push of the power button easily turns the gauge on. A 270 degree rotating hose allows for access under just about any set of handlebars. A Schrader valve tip at the end of the hose connects to the fork valve. Once connected the gauge displays the fork’s air pressure on a LCD readout.
Adding air is simple, a smooth actuating pump easily pushes air into the fork, while a bleeder button lets out excess pressure. The gauge contains the ability to read from 0-300 psi with 0.5 psi increments below 100 psi and 1 psi increments above. The current crop of air forsk run pressures in the area of 30 psi so the 0.5 increments will give you excellent accuracy. Units can be displayed in psi, bar, kPa, and kg/cm2. The gauge automatically shuts itself off after one minute of inactivity to ensure a long lasting battery. The pump can also be used on air suspension components on bicycles as well.
We found the pump to be accurate and we now make sure there is one in every MotoUSA MX toolbox. If you own a 2013 Kawasaki KX450F or Honda CRF450R you should have one in your tool kit as well. The Fox Racing Shox High-Pressure Digital Pump retails around 70 bucks. Check out www.ridefox.com to find out where you can get yourself one.