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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-29-2009, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Better than Harbor Freight?!

Just hit the "preview" sale of a small local Harley customizing shop. He is going out of business and put an ad on Craigslist here. I dropped $100 and got:

A set of Harley pipes (for the tips). $20



"Shorty" Harley shocks to lower my VN. They measured like 12 1/2". Are they the right ones? I took a chance. $30.


And now, for my next paint project...

Sandblaster. $10 Next set I can clean up the more "professional" way.



Sharpe Paint gun! $20 Got an extra cup and some other parts as well. That's right, next time around I'll be able to "shoot for real".



And for the last $20 I got a whole box full of sandpaper, masking tape, and some leftover paint to practice with.

Can't beat that, eh?!

I'm so glad I undertook the Rattlecan Project. Knowing the basics I've learned there I can apply them with the more "pro" gear which by waiting I got really good deals on. I mean this stuff was used to do just exactly this- paint bikes. So I know it's going to work well.

And the guy was a super sweetheart. Didn't look down his nose at me because I was working on a Japanese bike, or because I was a newb. He spent almost 2 hours with me showing me what he had and what it was for.

I pretty much blew my discretionary budget for this pay period, but how can you complain?!

(Except that my trip started at Harbor Freight to get a torque wrench and they were sold out!! Will have to borrow one from Advance Auto or something.)
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12 1/2' shocks are stock vn700/750 length.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
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LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
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Yup same size as our crappy stock shocks...hey clean em up a bit and try dumping them on ebay???

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I'll trade ya a bar style torque wrench for the shocks. Love that sand blaster. I need a bigger one. Mine has a one qt cup.

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Yup same size as our crappy stock shocks...hey clean em up a bit and try dumping them on ebay???
Oh well! Live and learn. What size should one look for as "shorty" shocks then? I could have sworn I read 12 1/2.
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I'll trade ya a bar style torque wrench for the shocks. Love that sand blaster. I need a bigger one. Mine has a one qt cup.
Trade for the shocks... hmm. What size drive on the torque wrench? The one I was gonna buy at HF was $20. I have $30 into the shocks.

Sandblaster... this was his SMALL one. The other was a red canister thing on wheels!
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12 1/2' shocks are stock vn700/750 length.
One thing. He showed me where the Harley shocks are adjustable and they are at the longest setting now. He said they could come down another 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch if adjusted to the other end of the range.

So maybe I can get a little lower on them? Thoughts?
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He lied, that's the spring rate rebound dampening adjustment.

Overall length will stay the same, rebound will be softer.

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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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Oh well! Live and learn. What size should one look for as "shorty" shocks then? I could have sworn I read 12 1/2.
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Trade for the shocks... hmm. What size drive on the torque wrench? The one I was gonna buy at HF was $20. I have $30 into the shocks.

Sandblaster... this was his SMALL one. The other was a red canister thing on wheels!
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One thing. He showed me where the Harley shocks are adjustable and they are at the longest setting now. He said they could come down another 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch if adjusted to the other end of the range.

So maybe I can get a little lower on them? Thoughts?
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Click the "multi" button in any post you'd like to respond to, (within a single thread), then when you get to the bottom of the page/thread click the "post reply" button and when your post box open it will have all those chosen posts listed that can be replied to separately. I know it's harder on the post count, but I thought I'd toss it out there anyway.

Carry on. (Nice score on the closing sale too BTW)
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