WHAT IS IT? Works Connection’s No Air Loss adaptor
ensures the air pressure you set in your air forks is the air
pressure you get.
WHAT’S IT COST? $29.95.
or (800) 349-1475.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Works Connection No Air Loss adaptor.
(1) Mechanism. When you set the air pressure on
your Kayaba or Showa air forks, there is always the
possibility of losing air when you disconnect the pump.
This is especially disastrous on high-pressure air forks, like
Showa TAC forks, because even a small burp of air from
the Schrader valve can equal a significant loss of pressure.
Works Connection’s No Air Loss adaptor has a rubber seal
inside that ensures that the adaptor does not lose contact
with the Schrader valve until its plunger is completely
extended. This is very similar in design to the adaptor
that Kawasaki used during its one year with Kayaba PSF
air forks. That means that when you unscrew the No Air
Loss adaptor, the fork seals itself before the adaptor is
completely removed. Additionally, the adaptor has a very
small capacity so that its internal volume is restricted.
( 2) Tips. MXA test riders attach the adaptor to
the pump before connecting it to the forks, and for
convenience we leave it on the pump permanently (we
aren’t going to use a fork pump for anything but forks). It
is true that when you thread the adaptor onto the forks
there will be a loss of air pressure, but this is not an issue
because you installed the pump to add air to the forks.
The most important part of using the adaptor is how you
remove it from your forks. It is critical that you always
leave the adaptor on the pump until you have unthreaded
it from the fork cap. Do not unthread the brass fitting
from the pump until you have unthreaded the black
hex-shaped barrel from the fork. You might hear a little
hiss of air when you remove the adaptor, but that is air
from the pump, not air from the forks.
( 3) Rechecking. If you use your pump and its gauge
to check the air pressure in your forks, you will never
get the pressure right. For example, if you pumped your
forks up to 150 psi and an hour later decided to check
the air pressure, you would think that your forks had
lost 5 to 15 psi. In fact, they did lose air pressure, but
it happened when you reattached the pump to the fork
cap’s Schrader valve. Please note that you cannot check
air pressure with the pump’s gauge; you can only set or
reset the air pressure with the pump’s gauge.
( 4) Length. The adaptor is 4-1/2 inches long, which
makes it perfect for keeping the pump away from the
handlebars and levers. It is especially useful for the
bottom Schrader valve on 2015 Honda CRF250 air forks,
which is a very tight squeeze for a pump head. Do not
ride with the adaptor attached to the fork, as it is
vulnerable to roost.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? There is a learning curve
and a sequence of events that determines whether you
lose air pressure or not. It works best if you do it right.
If you own air forks, it behooves you
to make sure that they have the proper
amount of air in them.
WORKS CONNECTION NO AIR LOSS ADAPTOR
MXA TEAM TESTED