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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-18-2015, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Installed 10.5" shocks from an S40 Boulevard

Just wanted to post a pic of the stance the bike has now. I swapped out the stock 12.5" eye to eye shocks with some 10.5" ones from an S40 Boulevard. I really like how the stock pipes come parallel to the ground now. Combine that with the forwards and modified VN900 seat, both from Wolfie, and she's sittin' pretty.

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Looks good. You did make sure if the shock bottoms out from a big bump the tire doesn't hit anything?

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Tire shouldnt hit.mine didn't with a 170/80 and savage shocks.

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I didn't notice anything rubbing during a quick scoot around some side roads. It was about 28 degrees out so I didn't give it the full shake down. My 220 lbs, and some decent road dips, should've pronounced any rubbing if it were occurring. I appreciate the looking out, though. It was factored into my original thoughts when deciding to do this shock swap.

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MF-AGM Battery
NGK Iridium plugs
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TM saddlebags
Nekkid Cow fork bag
Bullet front indicators
Arrowhead rear indicators
Teardrop mirrors
Slipstreamer S-06C windshield
Wolfie's forward controls
Modified VN900 solo seat
Lowered 10.5" rear shocks
New paint on tins
Tank bib from kick-ass supplier in U.K.

Planned:
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'99 Sportster mufflers
Custom p-pad

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Looks pretty sweet man. Nice work.

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I appreciate the feedback, folks. I'm just trying to feel my way through truly making this bike my own. After going through two front brake master cylinders (both of them being original '86 and '87 ones) I decided to go with a newer round one from a '93 model. I kept having issues with the sight glass becoming brittle and mushy. Hopefully I can keep the brakes firmed up with this new one. I'm still debating what to do about the exhaust, though. I'll post that up in the proper thread when the time comes.

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Mods:

Earshaved
Coastered
MF-AGM Battery
NGK Iridium plugs
Inline fuel filter
TM saddlebags
Nekkid Cow fork bag
Bullet front indicators
Arrowhead rear indicators
Teardrop mirrors
Slipstreamer S-06C windshield
Wolfie's forward controls
Modified VN900 solo seat
Lowered 10.5" rear shocks
New paint on tins
Tank bib from kick-ass supplier in U.K.

Planned:
Degoat
'99 Sportster mufflers
Custom p-pad

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Just wanted to post a pic of the stance the bike has now. I swapped out the stock 12.5" eye to eye shocks with some 10.5" ones from an S40 Boulevard. I really like how the stock pipes come parallel to the ground now. Combine that with the forwards and modified VN900 seat, both from Wolfie, and she's sittin' pretty.

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Looks really good and most of all if it is what you personally want then there is complete satisfaction involved. It would be nice to see the original stance of your bike along side a picture of how it sits now if you can find an older picture without anything on the seat. We do know basically how the VN 750 looks in stock mode but a side by side comparison would help show your modification in its entirety. Take your continued mods one step at a time and keep going in your own direction. Nothing is impossible if you really want it. Continued success.
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Had 11" progressives on mine and scraped most every decent turn. Moved back to the stockers and have had no issues since. Bike looked better with 11"s but maybe I just was too aggressive for them.

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Here is a side-by-side. I'll take a pic without my sleeping roll and do up another comparison.
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Earshaved
Coastered
MF-AGM Battery
NGK Iridium plugs
Inline fuel filter
TM saddlebags
Nekkid Cow fork bag
Bullet front indicators
Arrowhead rear indicators
Teardrop mirrors
Slipstreamer S-06C windshield
Wolfie's forward controls
Modified VN900 solo seat
Lowered 10.5" rear shocks
New paint on tins
Tank bib from kick-ass supplier in U.K.

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'99 Sportster mufflers
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Had 11" progressives on mine and scraped most every decent turn. Moved back to the stockers and have had no issues since. Bike looked better with 11"s but maybe I just was too aggressive for them.
Mine would scrape pegs if ridden aggressive but wasn't unbearable

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