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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-30-2017, 10:09 AM
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If it burns gasoline or has teets, it's going to cost you some serious green.

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-05-2017, 12:56 AM
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Ebay has a ton of new shocks for under a hundred bucks.

Like was mentioned just do some measuring and then you will know what you looking for.
I just typed in motorcycle shocks and got all sorts of shocks. Check out the link but this is just an example.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...hocks&_sacat=0

You can easily narrow your search by putting in the length or by limiting the amount you want to spend etc. I recently bought new master cylinder along with brake lever and clutch lever for less than I could get a rebuilt kit for my master cylinder.
I will keep my old hardware in case I ever want to return it to stock but I will probably never sell the bike but just ride the wheels off it because I really like it.
If I do part with it I will likely just pass it off to a family member because I could never get out of it what it is worth to me.

Any way let us know how it goes in your search. I do not come here much any more but still check in from time to time.

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If it burns gasoline or has teets, it's going to cost you some serious green.
True but you got to admit both are a pleasure to ride.
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By Kawasakirider: I am sure I could... But Progressive is more $ than I want to put in this old bike. I need a less expensive solution. Otherwise I will just keep putting on old KZ440 shocks on the bike and replace them when the fluid starts leaking form them. Usually about 2 or 3 thousand miles or a few good bumps, whichever comes first.

You might be able to use Harley Sportster shocks. It's been a while since I searched, but used takeoffs in good condition were readily available on eb several years ago for cheap. I bought a pair for my KZ650 but re-sold them. You have to swap out the bushings (easy) & I think the chain guard might have rubbed against them. not sure as I didn't do a test ride or anything. apparently not a big deal as reported by others. mine were either 13.25" or 13.5" & I believe they were made in Japan.

ps: when searching, be sure to do some searches by mis-spelling Sportster. some HD guys can't spell. hee.
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Also.... Not sure how Harley motorcycles are selling nowadays, but what the new owners would do is remove the brand new stock shocks & install lowering shocks or Huggers, then re-sell their mint stockers on eb or CL. I don't know if the shocks from any other HD model can be used. most of them have a shroud at the bottom & I don't know if the shroud can be removed or if the length or fitment is wrong.





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I think the ones i picked up off ebay were sportster shocks Been a couple years so not sure but they were a tad shorter than my stock ones. About an inch as I recall and they were new old stock progressives I paid less than fifty bucks for. They ride great too.

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Thank everyone for your thoughts. I will have to really do something now.

We were riding yesterday (Thursday) and the main shaft in the shock actually broke and the spring went flying. I had to leave my passenger and ride the bike home with only one shock.
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