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What shocks with 2" lower forks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 77XSive, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. 77XSive

    77XSive XS650 Member

    What are you guys running to go with your 2" lowered forks? I want something good quality. Doesn't have to be a piggyback or anything.
     
  2. This is 11" shocks with 2" lowered up front on an '81 frame.

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    They're Harley shocks. You need to do some minor modifications to narrow the shock eyelets to make them fit. Alternatively, you can get new 11" shocks from Dime City.

    The popular 10.5" Rebel shocks are a bolt on, but they look too saggy to me. I might even swap these for 11.5", depending on how it looks with the seat. MikesXS sells 11.5" shocks for a decent price.

    G'luck.
     
  3. bloodhound

    bloodhound XS650 Addict

    progressive or rebel shocks both work.
     
  4. Poverty

    Poverty XS650 Addict

    Im probably wrong but arent the OEM shocks 11.5 ???
     
  5. Stock on an 81 is ~12.5"
     
  6. Austblue

    Austblue XS650 Addict

    What model progressive 11" fit?

    I emailed progressive and they told me that they only have 13" shocks that fit.
     
  7. C-Los SD

    C-Los SD XS650 Addict

    Did u have to shorten your kick stand with the drop?
     
  8. jamesgs4

    jamesgs4 fuck this, let's ride!

    usually with any drop, yes. The bike is too straight and is prone to tipping over in the wind if you don't shorten the stand.
     
  9. DogBunny

    DogBunny Motorcychologist Top Contributor

    I will agree that Sportster shocks are good quality and will lower your bike, and it is possible to find them cheap. I think different year and model Sportster shocks are different lengths. I bought a pair of practically new Nightster shocks that were 11" eye to eye for $60 on Craigslist, and best of all, they have black springs and caps, not chrome. As mentioned, some simple modification of the eyes is required.
     
  10. I have Harley 11" shocks on mine. Way too stiff. I'm 150lbs. It's like riding a hard tail. Check my most recent post for pics as a reference.
     
  11. shotgunjoe

    shotgunjoe XS650 Hunter

    I used stock length shocks on my last bike with a 2.5" fork drop. No weird handling issues whatsoever. No shortening of the kickstand, and it never even got close to tipping, even when knocked around by the kids.
     
  12. I'd love to see a pic of your bike with that setup.

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
  13. Austblue

    Austblue XS650 Addict

    Anyone able to help out with this? I only weigh 150lbs myself and I don't want to shorten my spine with something too stiff so if I can get a good set of progressive springs that match my weight I'd be happy.
     
  14. shotgunjoe

    shotgunjoe XS650 Hunter

    You've probably seen it before...

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  15. Nope. What year is the frame?
     
  16. Also wondering if you moved the shock mounting points.
     
  17. shotgunjoe

    shotgunjoe XS650 Hunter

    74, the shock mounts were not moved. Only the cut off the rear hoop, and added my own. This bike could be changed back to stock fairly easily. 35mm forks.
     
  18. Cool beans. I thought that was a middle standard frame, based on the passenger peg mounts and shock angle. Thanks for the replies.
     
  19. wherearewe

    wherearewe Rub on Ya Titties

    I used Progressive Suspension 12 Series 11.5's on a brat bobber project.... You need to buy Springs separately though but that would work in your favor, you can choose ones that arnt too stiff.:thumbsup:
     
  20. Austblue

    Austblue XS650 Addict

    Thanks waw! Did they need modding at all? Also they would have a model code like "12-1202B" (those are 13" 12 series), do you happen to know what it was?

    cheers.
     

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