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Shock travel

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bloodhound, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. bloodhound

    bloodhound XS650 Addict

    I am building a new xs. I have new seat rails and 11.5" progressive shocks. I am not sure if I am going to attach the fender to the swing-arm or the new seat rails.


    Also if by the seat rails what is the average travel distance allowance from tire to fender. Just an average I understands riders weight and shock settings and spring stiffness.

    Pics would be great. Thanks for any replies.
  2. XSLeo

    XSLeo XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    On a stock bike the rear wheel travel is 3.152 inches., that's with a shock of 12 3/4 inches.
    An 11.5 inch shock will give less travel. Not 2 + inches less but less. Maybe around 2.875 or so.
    So if your fender is frame mounted you want the clearance to be more than the rear wheel travel. If rerar wheeltravel is 2.875 inches, then having 3 inches of clearance between the fender and tire should be ok.
  3. bloodhound

    bloodhound XS650 Addict

    Exactly the info I needed. thanks.

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