Taller Shock Absorber replacement


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tsandvik
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Taller Shock Absorber replacement

Post by tsandvik » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:54 am



After putting on the Austone taxi tire, I am getting a very slight rub on the upper inner fender. Plenty of clearance on sides
Would like to replace the existing shock that already has a worn bushing with one that is about a half to full inch longer than stock.
Anyone know the length of the OEM shock?
Has anyone used adjustable air shocks for this application?
I am 6'3" so the additional seat height would not be a problem.
I have the air shock pumped up to 50 lbs but still a bit of a rub.

Thanks in advance.



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Re: Taller Shock Absorber replacement

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:28 pm

I vaguely remember a old bike I had that did have fitted a shock extension mount.It bolted to the swingarm shock mount then rotate the shock90° and remount the shock to the second hole.Google search shows some.Perhaps one may be adapted to your bike???

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Re: Taller Shock Absorber replacement

Post by Happytrails » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:05 pm

Did you try zip ties on inner fender guard?
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Re: Taller Shock Absorber replacement

Post by offcenter » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:43 pm

If you raise the rear with a taller shock, you will be changing the angle
of the steering, resulting in bad handling.
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Re: Taller Shock Absorber replacement

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:41 pm

tsandvik wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:24 pm
After putting on the Austone taxi tire, I am getting a very slight rub on the upper inner fender. Plenty of clearance on sides
Would like to replace the existing shock that already has a worn bushing with one that is about a half to full inch longer than stock.
Anyone know the length of the OEM shock?
Has anyone used adjustable air shocks for this application?
I am 6'3" so the additional seat height would not be a problem.
I have the air shock pumped up to 50 lbs but still a bit of a rub.

Thanks in advance.
Just heat up the fender a bit until it's soft, and push it in half an inch or so. Easier to do with the saddlebags off. It will fix the problem, no shock replacement (and consequent suspension geometry changes) required.



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