My first thread posting comes with great satisfaction! Greetings my fellow Thumpers! It was 30 years in the back of my fathers garage when my son laid eyes on the old dust covered motorcycle. I didn't quite realize what I was getting myself into when I agreed to take on the restoration of my old sweetheart. With 2800 original miles on her, (2400 were mine) I remembered how much fun she was. Long ago, somewhere in the Pine Barrens of Eastern Long Island, NY, while on a full-bore tear, something in the engine let loose, and that was that. Having many motorcycles back then (and now) off to the back of the garage she went, fully expecting to fix her up "soon". Well, soon turned into decades, but it didn't take much urging from my son for me to say "I'M IN! A full wash down and clean up to start, engine removal and dismantle, identifying the culprit: factory blunder, one of the crankshaft position plate screws backed out and got chewed up into a million little pieces, making it extremely hard to kickstart. It would run, making the original diagnosis hard. We were looking at the compression release, kick starter mechanism, finally agreeing the engine had to come apart. Then, with the help of my friend, a drag race team mechanic, we changed out all the damaged parts: bearings and seals, O rings, new piston rings just because, a super dyno-clean of all cases and gears, and a meticulous reassemble. Needless to say, with all the jump starting, investigation, misdiagnosis, parts orders, parts research, obsolete parts search, assembly, oops! that doesn't look right..,disassembly and re-reassembly,... last week we kicked her over, she growled, then sprang to life, turned and looked at me and shouted "Where the hell have you been?" We now have ten miles on her and we're so happy she's alive and healthy!!! No cosmetics necessary, she's pretty enough, but blinkers, mirrors, and yeah, some idiot (me) saw a valve on the shock and figured "oh, this must need a little air". WRONG!!! Nitrogen. Any help on if I can rebuild, or a good suggestion for a shock that isn't $700 would be appreciated. On the same token, through research, trial and error, I've learned quite a bit. If I can help with your project, I'm around. Happy to be part of this ADV crew. All you guys are awesome! Keep it up!