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Author Topic: shocks  (Read 5209 times)

Offline elhefa

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shocks
« on: May 21, 2012, 22:23:39 »
i did a search,could'nt find the answer soooooooo.....looking for short shocks. 9.5-10.5 some
where in that neighborhood. eye to clevis. trying to bring down the rear of my cb550,the shocks that i have are 13" cranked all the way down. i know about the rebel 10.5"(thank you search) what else is out there? i realize i'll be giving up the travel but im not a big guy so i can afford to give up some. hardtail was an option but i chose this route first. i've also read about using scooter shocks,any thoughts on this?

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: shocks
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 22:31:09 »
DO NOT USE SCOOTER SHOCKS!!!!!!!!

Rebel shocks are probobly your best bet unless you want to spend a FORTUNE.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline gingerXlightning

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Re: shocks
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012, 19:44:41 »
Me and a few buddies modded my stock shocks from my 77 and they're workin great! My towns full of rat rods so cut springs are nothing new around here.

Before I cut into my shocks and springs I cut up an old pair i had lying around checked to see if the shock had enough clearance in the internals to compress all the way without bottoming out. Needless to say, they didnt.

We pulled the shocks and cut a half a coil off each one at a time until it sat where I wanted it to. I then took a torch to the spring a 1/2 coil down and heated it till it was glowing hot then bent it down(seen in pic posted). Then we grinded it down until the spring sat level.

Next step was to pull the shock mount off and cut/re-thread the shaft so that the shock would hold itself tightly together like stock.

Lastly we cut the bump stop in half to regain a little travel and put em back together. We pulled em off again and threw on some covers I had from my old '73 cb500 that I had tossed in a box.

The hardest part of this was re-threading the shaft and putting the shocks back together. When you cut the springs it increase the spring rate which will in turn stiffen the ride but in turn also makes it almost impossible to put the shocks back together like you take them apart. My shocks are at 10.5 inches from bolt to bolt and have about 2 inches of travel with the bump stops cut.

Dont mind the cardboard, it was a mock up for the seat but it is completely different now haha.
'74 CB450 Brat/Tracker

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Offline elhefa

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Re: shocks
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2012, 23:22:09 »
havent been on here for a day or two,and i see this post...were you a ghost in our machine shop today? did the same thing with the springs,total of two coils,heated to flatten the cut end,sanded cut end flat. i put some pics up tommorrow,did another mod on mine,i cut the little lock tab for the adj. collar in half and reshaped the ends got maybe another .5 from that. i might pop the mount end off tomorrow wouldnt be to tough at work...

Offline gingerXlightning

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Re: shocks
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2012, 04:58:30 »
Hell yeah! I haven't heard of anyone doing this on motorcycles but we do it all the time to slam old vw bugs and rabbits. I've built custom coilovers before too so this was a no brainer.
'74 CB450 Brat/Tracker

"Not putting miles on your bike is like not having sex with your Girl Friend so she'll be more desirable to her next Boy Friend."

"Opinions are like a**holes, everybody has one and they all stink."

Offline elhefa

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Re: shocks
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2012, 20:22:34 »
what is an acceptable angle on shocks? i.e. how far can a guy lean them forward before they become ineffective...? heres the pic off the tab mod as well.,did this on all four tabs still need a bit of shaping but you get the idea...
« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 20:49:28 by elhefa »

Offline elhefa

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Re: shocks
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2012, 11:49:27 »
yeah and this is my first rodeo with a bike. so does that exclude me from asking questions to gain knowledge(dumb or not)? was just curious thats all. seen them vertical,and layed over quite a bit.

Offline elhefa

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Re: shocks
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2012, 12:06:23 »
build thread will go up later today...and im sure there will be more questions,dumb and all but i feel like i've found the right place for good answers....thanks

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: shocks
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2012, 13:16:12 »
Swivel... If you dont mind me asking, whats with the constant racial and homophobic slurs champ? Im done arguing with you about your attitude. You are you are, and honestly I dont give a shit anymore, but the "beaner" and "homo" stuff should really be left out of your posts here on DTT. Not trying to be policially correct or any of that bullshit, but really man.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: shocks
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2012, 14:03:13 »
Again... Not arguing or implying a respect for censorship of any kind, just... Well, forget it. Youre just going to reply with more nonsense. Say whatever you want.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'