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Probelm with OEM shocks ... looking for replacement.

Hello all!
I just bounght a '96 VN750, and I love it. Unfortunately, the rear shocks are giving me a headache. When I got the bike, the ride was soft, so I tried putting some air in them. That was a big mistake, with only 12 lbs. each, it was like riding a hardtail. I went over a few bumps and just about got thrown off the bike! Not to mention, I think the shocks are done for. They both squirted oil all over my hand-pump when I tried to put in the air.
I would like to replace them with Progressive shocks, but they are a little to rich for my blood. They don't have to be the Progressive brand, just something equal. I had a Vulcvan 500 once before, and I really liked the shocks on them. So something like that would be ideal.
Any ideas on how to make the OEM shocks work??? Does anyone know someone looking to sell a gently used set of progressive shocks to a fellow Vulcan rider?
Please let me know. I could really use the help.
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A few folks have picked up shocks intended for HD Sportsters off ebay for a good price. I agree the stock units suck, and only get worse with age.

Any shock that is about the right length 11 1/2 to 12 1/2 inches "eye to eye" could work...( they need upper and lower "eye" mounts ... Beware as some shocks have clevis type mounts)

I almost bought a pair of stock KZ 750 shocks at a salvage yard for 60 bucks, but found a set of slightly used Progressives instead.

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I have a pair from my '86 that I'll let go cheap. PM me if you are interested.

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Any shock that is about the right length 11 1/2 to 12 1/2 inches "eye to eye" could work...( they need upper and lower "eye" mounts ... Beware as some shocks have clevis type mounts)
When you say 11-1/2" to 12-1/2", do you mean the compressed length, or is that fully extended?
I have a friend who is parting-out a Sportster, and he needs to know if he should take off the shocks before he measures them.
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