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Swapping shocks for flat bar stock

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Some time in the near future, my bike is going hard tail. I have looked over the various projects about doing this. However, there is a concern I'd like alleviated. Will the flat bar cause any alignment issues with the rear end? I am considering mounting them in one of 2 locations: the stock shock mount; or on the frame under the seat (the junction point).

Any thoughts about this would be appreciated. Thanks!

EDIT: what size are the shock mounting bolts? Are they by any chance 1/2 inch? If so, I found a set of pre-made 10" struts by biltwell. Like to use those if they wold work. Thanks.

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I don't see how it would cause any alignment issues, kidney issues yes, spinal issues, sure, but having a solidly fastened rear wheel won't effect alignment.

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First dont use flat bar...it flexes and will warp...use tubular steel, with the ends flattened and drilled (can even use blackpipe)....lowering will cause change in rake, and WILL affect your steering...you can counteract that by either dropping the fork tubes in the tree, or using a smaller diam front rim.
But if yer goin rigid bro, make sure yer seat got springs on it !...



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First dont use flat bar...it flexes and will warp...use tubular steel, with the ends flattened and drilled (can even use blackpipe)....lowering will cause change in rake, and WILL affect your steering...you can counteract that by either dropping the fork tubes in the tree, or using a smaller diam front rim.
But if yer goin rigid bro, make sure yer seat got springs on it !...
Don't worry, I'm getting a dual shox seat kit. The site also sells bolt-on adapters for the rear portion of the seat. The front will be welded to the top side of the piece where the stock seat slides in.

Like I mentioned, I found pre made struts, but they have to user 1/2 inch bolts. I don't know if our bike has those or not. Would make life easier. If not, I guess I could drill and tap. I did find another site which make custom struts. Basically tell them what you want and they will build it.

Here's the site with the bolt-on seat stuff: http://www.kickstartchopperparts.com/home.html

Here's the other site for custom built struts: http://pingelonline.com/custom_struts.htm <- I'm guessing I would want the eyelet style strut?

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Ya definitely want the eyelet, since it mimics our shock...

Nice site that KickstartChoppers ...



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I contacted pingel about having them fab a pair of struts for our bikes. It will prolly be Monday before I hear anything.

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Too bad you aint local bro...else I'd make ya a set for the cost of materials...



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Too bad you aint local bro...else I'd make ya a set for the cost of materials...
That's a nice offer; but, I think pringel can chrome them, which would match the chrome / flat black color scheme I am wanting. I am finding myself calling my bike Black Betty now since getting the tank from slim. Seems fitting if ya ask me.

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I am curious though, with the frame removed from above the rear wheel, how much could I drop the rear w/o causing problems to the drive train?

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If you remove the frame, you can go about 2 feet lower i believe.. but i wouldn't go lower than 4-6" without raking the front end to compensate
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