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Jimm Dandy 10-04-2012 05:36 PM

california sidecar hitchhiker shock question
I have an 80's hitchhiker hack.. it came with an air shock which is now leaking.. I need to replace it wtih another air shock or a coil over shock... cant seem to find anything a the auto parts stores or the local mc. shop.. any info would be appreciated..

DirtyDR 10-05-2012 06:51 AM

At the bottom of the page is a chart with all of the dimensions so you can measure what you have and use this to cross reference. Dave is really good about getting you what you need and he will sell odd numbers of shocks also. He will break up a set and sell only 5 for a Ural instead of making you buy 3 sets. Worth calling him.

claude 10-05-2012 06:54 AM

You may want to contact Lonnie Cook at North West Sidecar. Good guy with a lot of experience. He is in Boise.
Ph./ fax 208-629-8409 - email
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jaydmc 10-05-2012 07:36 AM

The last Hitchhiker sidecar we had in the shop had a Monroe automotive air shock on it, If there is not a spring around the out side of the shock it may be an automotovie air shock in which case you would need to go to an auto parts store to find the same thing however you should be able to get a motorcycle type shock that will work much better for you. It need not be air. Dave Quinn is great to deal with.
Jay G
DMC sidecars

claude 10-05-2012 10:42 AM

Actually you may be better off without the air type shock. We have converted these sidecars to a torsion bar suspension with a simple tilt adjustment as another option. Not bad sidecars at all even though there were variations over the years of manufacture.

Jimm Dandy 10-05-2012 07:17 PM

thanks fellars.. I have an appt. w Lonnie to dial me in once i find a shock.. met him last week on my way home from Vernons hack class.. both guys are TOP DRAWER

Jimm Dandy 10-06-2012 12:12 PM

newb mistake
cali sidecar didnt build the hitchhiker... its was built by the hitchhiker sidecar company in ohio.. DUH!!

claude 10-06-2012 01:12 PM


Originally Posted by Jimm Dandy (Post 19761797)
cali sidecar didnt build the hitchhiker... its was built by the hitchhiker sidecar company in ohio.. DUH!!

There were a few versions of the Hitchhiker and a couple of different chassis designs. Never were made by CSC though.

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