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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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So i'm new to this site but have found it very informative. I have a 94 with a few changes - trimmed seat, no sissy bar, sport bars, and I just started drilling holes in the exhaust.

So a question - recommendations for rear shocks. Keep a smooth ride but maybe drop the rear a touch.

I'll try to throw some pictures soon.
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welcome to the group!

I have read of others using progressive 11" shocks, but have no personal experience with them.
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Hello D-hits and welcome to the forum.

Drilling the exhaust will give it a nice sound, and so will rejetting the carbs after the ear shave. I just did mine and love the look, and certainly am not complaining about the power I've gained.

This previous thread is a good start for looking in to shocks and lowering.

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welcome to the group!

I have read of others using progressive 11" shocks, but have no personal experience with them.
I like my progressive 412 11" shocks. A bit firmer than stock, so the bike seems to handle better during rough corners.

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So i'm new to this site but have found it very informative. I have a 94 with a few changes - trimmed seat, no sissy bar, sport bars, and I just started drilling holes in the exhaust.

So a question - recommendations for rear shocks. Keep a smooth ride but maybe drop the rear a touch.

I'll try to throw some pictures soon.
you could build a lowering bracket...






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So i'm new to this site but have found it very informative. I have a 94 with a few changes - trimmed seat, no sissy bar, sport bars, and I just started drilling holes in the exhaust.

So a question - recommendations for rear shocks. Keep a smooth ride but maybe drop the rear a touch.

I'll try to throw some pictures soon.
Welcome to the forum dude::
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you could build a lowering bracket...
I really like the look of your lowered setup but I am wondering how much lower is that and how much is the change in the riding characteristics if any?

Thanks.

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My set up is lowering plat only.. the set shown in the first set of pictures is claimed to be a 2" drop, my plans (second set) drop the bike 3 to 3 1/2" (hard to say since I am running a custom seat as well with a total seat height of 21". It seams to negotiate through the twisties better, I don't have any ground clearance issues, or issues with fender rub, but then again I only weigh 145 lbs, and seldom take two up. Now for a heavier guy, you might have to add air to the shocks, and increase the spring tension in order to keep from rubbing. Oh and I am running the 170/80/15 Metzer.

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Thanks for the welcome all,

So, I keep taking more baffle out of the mufflers and holy crap, I'm mostly impressed with the drop in rpm while cruising. It had been around 5000 at 70, now it runs at 4200 at 70. What a difference. The extra sound definitely is good too.

It'll probably be awhile before I mess with the rear height but we'll see.

Anyway, thanks for the welcome
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