coilover helper springs on the rear of my 82?


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coilover helper springs on the rear of my 82?

Postby halcombrick » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:24 pm



Hey guys I got a question. I'm 6'4 and most of that is long legs. My 82 interstate doesn't set high enough for my liking. I'm thinking about adding coilover springs like people do on cars over my shocks to increase the ride height. I'm wanting about 3 more inches of ride height. Has anyone done this or know of a way to get the rear of the bike higher. I have tried other shocks but its always the same. I'm either gonna try the coilovers or shock extensions. Any ideas are greatly appreciated thanks.


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Re: coilover helper springs on the rear of my 82?

Postby wingman12 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:38 pm

Good evening Hal, I have read that the wings are set up for peak performance when the height on front and rear match. Elevating the rear and not able too elevate the front to match tends to cause handling issues. Do I know this for a fact [NO I DO NOT KNOW] for a fact. I am 6.3 and have ridden the 82I and understand what you mean. The valve protection bars certainly beat up the shins. Perhaps an aftermarket foot peg attached to the crash bars will give you the room that you need?? :D :D

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Re: coilover helper springs on the rear of my 82?

Postby halcombrick » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:59 am

Thats my problem. When I put air in my forks and air in my rear shocks when I set down the rear is 3 inches lower..no matter what shocks I have. I'm either gonna do coilovers or make a 3 inch shock extension bracket.
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Re: coilover helper springs on the rear of my 82?

Postby 702scottc » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:58 am

A few years back I broke one of the shocks on my 1100. I inadvertently put a set of rear shocks off of a 1200, lifted it up around 2 inches. Kick stand was too short and I didn't like standing on my toes. You might try it.

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Re: coilover helper springs on the rear of my 82?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:58 am

Are your rear shocks original? I know when I replaced my original, tired old shocks on my 82 with a new set of Progressives, the bike sat up a good couple of inches higher in back.

I would be cautious about raising the back TOO high without also raising the front. You will in effect be altering the geometry of the front end, reducing trail significantly and causing the front wheel steering to become much quicker and less stable. You could end up with uncontrollable tankslappers as a result.

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Re: coilover helper springs on the rear of my 82?

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:35 am

What about modifying the seat height? custom upholstery shop could do that - it might be pricey, but it would be perfect for you?




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