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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. snakecharmr

    snakecharmr Been here awhile

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    New rear suspension should be in within the hour and picking up a set of screamin chicken slip ons tonight.. looks like tmm Ill be spending some time in the garage.. Not sure how I'm gonna do the rear shocks by myself without a lift but I'm sure I'll rig something up that looks incredibly unsafe but works... Got Progressive Suspension 412's with Heavy duty spring rate and 12" which is an inch over for my XL883L.. Should fix my bottoming out issue. This was easier than going on a diet..lol
  2. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    DIY bike lift


    I built something similar when I first got my bike. Picked up the HF lift shortly afterward so I never actually used it but from the videos I've seen it looks like it would work fine for shocks and such. Just a couple of 2bys of the appropriate width, a piece of pipe, a flange, and a few long deck screws.
  3. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    You can do one side at a time without a lift. Just lean the bike over onto sidestand carefully until the wheel is off the ground and prop it up with something solid. Change the right shock. Then do the left. I did mine this way, going from stock 11" shocks to 13" Road King shocks and it worked just fine. Just be sure the bike is "chocked" up well.

  4. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^Exactly. Just make sure to loosen all the shock mounting nuts a bit before doing the propping up.
    My stock shocks had been put on by a gorilla with a 6' bar.
  5. snakecharmr

    snakecharmr Been here awhile

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    I wondered if I could get enough clearance that way.. looks like that is the way I'll be going.. Gotta run to the hardware store in the morning though to pick up a new set of torx plus bits as I can't find mine and don't feel like stripping them out with normal torx..
  6. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    While it can be done without a lift, why not build one like I linked to above? It's simple, cheap, and will be useful in the future anyway. Plus, it's more stable and secure. Just sayin....
  7. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate

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    Sportster a are small enough you can also use a regular car jack to get it in the air and then put Jack stands under it. I do that with my 840lbs Vulcan Vaquero. Or if you have a transmission jack, I use them under motorcycles a lot.

    Hell, it's a 500lbs bike. Just hoax your neighbors or friends over and have them pick it up to put on Jack stands. 4 guys can toss it into a truck bed pretty easily so getting the rear elevated onto stands or blocks should be cake, I'm just saying.


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  8. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    That's what I used to do before I bought a bike jack. I have switched shocks using the "lean on the sidestand" method, but it's pretty hard to do by yourself if the new shocks are a different length from the ones that are on it.
  9. snakecharmr

    snakecharmr Been here awhile

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    No worries.. put the Screamin Eagle II's on it yesterday and had a few friends stop over so just had them hold the bike up while I changed the shocks out.. went nice and smooth and easy... NO issues.. even with the longer shocks and the heavy duty ones I had to put it on the third step for the preload adjustment to not bottom her out.. lol
  10. BadKarma

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    My friends would eat my food and drink my beer, figured out a long time ago it was much cheaper to buy the damn jack...:lol3

    Glad it worked out for you!
  11. Tepi

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    My new setup
  12. Randy

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    Details are in order, Tepi....
  13. Weldman

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    Today's re-jetting went well. I now own the best-running Sportster in the universe.:D
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  14. RickS

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    RebelYell Been here awhile

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    How do you like the progressiv3 shocks? I want to add a different set to my 883, im tired when it bottom out powthe spike is right thru the seat directly thru the keister and too my spine.Can you say ouch! Dammit!
  16. RickS

    RickS Been here awhile

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    ALKay, where did you get the pipes? I do not see that pipe listed in the supertrapp product guide? Looking for one for my 91 883.
  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Not just ouch, it's really bad for your spine (discs) and safety since bottoming out can make the back end skate around.

    Progressives are pretty generic. The ideal is to get shocks valved and sprung for your bodyweight so you get the right ride. It literally transforms the bike when you do that and makes it into a 10x better handling and riding machine.

    And it's not that spendy.

    YSS is just up the road in manalapan NJ. They have competitive prices and can do custom work for you at a reasonable rate.
    They have generic chrome twin shocks priced at 189, if you're on a budget.

    'murica. :deal
  18. s&s

    s&s Been here awhile

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    s&s Been here awhile

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    SM preload adjusters :thumb I had problems setting the preload right w/ PS springs but with adjusters I got it set within minutes.
  20. Weldman

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