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05-12-2010 07:28 AM
Old Dog
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Originally Posted by VN750Rider/Jerry View Post
Good ole JC Whitney. They have been around forever, and there is a reason for that. Once in a while you get something that's not up to snuff, but not very often. But remember what you are paying. Don't expect to get $300 shocks for $60.
I have been ordering from JC Whitney since I was 8 years old (that's 43 years) and rarely ever had a problem, and they will take stuff back if you don't like it. They are about the only source for some of the cheaper motorcycle stuff. Jerry.
Well I quit them in the late 60s or early 70s after every item I had ordered was made in china, I know thats the standard now, but I didn't like it at all then, and don't care for it now, but now you are stuck with the el-cheapo china stuff...
Whats bad is that we are trying to make stuff just as cheap and junky to compete...
OK-Rant over...lol...
05-12-2010 04:33 AM
vulcanjoe I corrected myself in a later post our shock mounts are 14mm .551 in reaming required
05-12-2010 03:10 AM
lance328
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Originally Posted by vulcanjoe View Post
Try looking on ebay i was thinking of getting the 10.5 inch sportster lowering shocks. they should fit but you will have to ream out the holes. the sportster shocks have 1/2 inch holes our bikes have 12mm studs. but that should give you 2 inches our stock shocks are 12.5 inches. they will not ride as nice as the progressives but you get what you pay for.
1/2" (0.500") = 12.7mm, NO reaming should be involved.
05-12-2010 02:48 AM
VN750Rider/Jerry Good ole JC Whitney. They have been around forever, and there is a reason for that. Once in a while you get something that's not up to snuff, but not very often. But remember what you are paying. Don't expect to get $300 shocks for $60.

I have been ordering from JC Whitney since I was 8 years old (that's 43 years) and rarely ever had a problem, and they will take stuff back if you don't like it. They are about the only source for some of the cheaper motorcycle stuff. Jerry.
05-11-2010 12:52 PM
Old Dog
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Originally Posted by vulcanjoe View Post
not actually grommets but the aftermarket ones on ebay have rubber bushings.
Yep they do have the rubber bushings, CRS after all...lol...
My takeoffs take 1/2" bolts and are +/- 11.75 eye to eye the best I can tell, I think the Road King air shocks raised my Sportster a bit as they are +/- 12.75" but the ride is better and it handles very good in the twisties...
I think you might find a set of the shorter ones that come on a Low, mine is the Custom and has a bit longer shocks I think...
I don't want to sell mine anyway...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
05-11-2010 12:30 PM
jmcclure Got it, just a little off the inside diameter and it'll fit good as stock. Sounds easy enough....
If anyone on here has a set for sale, please let me know. I would rather buy from 1 of the brothers here 1st before ebay. Thanks everyone!
05-11-2010 08:42 AM
vulcanjoe not actually grommets but the aftermarket ones on ebay have rubber bushings.
05-11-2010 07:19 AM
Old Dog
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Originally Posted by jmcclure View Post
When you say "ream out the holes", are you referring to the actual holes on the shock itself? Isn't there a rubber grommet where the hole is? Just kinda confused, thanks
Hmmm, I don't remember any rubber grommets in mine, could be CRS though...
Second, I wonder if you would be better off with a lowering block, as I don't think the older Sportster shocks have the best reviews, I know the older ones didn't seem too good but believe they improved them in the latter year mods., and I think I improved my 09 Sportster ride when I replaced them with Road King air shocks...
Later today I will measure my take off shocks and give you some measurements on them...There are different length shocks on the Sportster...(Customs, Lows, Rs, Ss, etc.)
Yep OHC, 12mm = 0.4724409449" or 120000000.00 angstroms but my yard stick don't read that close...lol......
Have a good one...Old Dog...
05-11-2010 07:17 AM
vulcanjoe there is a metal bushing inside the rubber grommet that has to be "opened up" just a little .051in. it is still safe you are not actually removing much material.
05-11-2010 12:31 AM
jmcclure When you say "ream out the holes", are you referring to the actual holes on the shock itself? Isn't there a rubber grommet where the hole is? Just kinda confused, thanks
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