WHAT IS IT? The stock air valve on the WP AER air
fork is difficult to access. It is buried down in the recessed
fork cap and positioned at an awkward angle—although,
without the angle, you would never get an air pump on it.
Works Connection had great success designing swiveling
Schrader valves for PSF and SFF-TAC air forks on Hondas,
Kawasakis and Suzukis. The new Works Connection EZ
Fill makes air-valve access much easier.
WHAT’S IT COST? $49.95.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Works Connection EZ Fill valves.
(1) Design. Thankfully, WP AER-equipped KTMs and
Husqvarnas only have one air valve instead of two or
three like their Japanese competitors. The EZ Fill WP AER
Schrader valve is made from brass, and while this raises
the cost, it ensures that the threads and fittings will last
forever. Because you only need one EZ Fill for WP forks
instead of two or three, the overall cost is halved. The EZ
Fill’s Schrader valve rotates. It can be aimed in virtually
any direction, but unfortunately the position of the stock
WP Schrader valve does not allow the EZ Fill to be swiv-
eled very far. In fact, the valve can only be aimed at one
usable angle to the front of the fork leg or one angle to the
rear. Most MXA test riders preferred the rearward posi-
tion, as it cleared the bars and crossbar pad by a larger
margin to allow the pump head to fit better.
( 2) Installation. No problem. We bled all of the air
out of the WP fork leg before we removed the stock
Schrader valve. Once you have the stock valve out, place
the supplied spacer on the EZ Fill part and thread it into
the fork cap. Be careful; the threads are difficult to start
because the angle out of the cap is 45 degrees. The hardest part is pumping the fork leg back up to 145 psi. We
used a portable compressor to get the fork to 100 psi, and
then manually pumped the forks up to the recommended
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Although the EZ Fill air valve
is designed to rotate, the limitations of the WP fork cap
means that is doen’t swivel very much.
The stock air valves are hard to use. The valve-
stem cap is reluctant to come off and even
more reluctant to be put back on. The recessed
position of the stock valve makes getting the
pump head on the valve tricky because the
crossbar pad and bars are in the way. The
Works Connection EZ Fill does not work as
well on the WP AER fork as it does on Showa or
Kayaba forks, but it does work better than the
stock air valve.
WORKS CONNECTION WP AER EZ FILL
MXA TEAM TESTED