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Just finished a long ride after having sotmc shorten my rear shocks by two inches. The bike looks fantastic and rides like a dream! Absolutely the best sixty bucks I have ever spent on a motorcycle mod. Highly reccommended, just my two cents.[/b]
 

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I agree they do fast, good work. I live on HWY 211, where are you?
 

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Hey Bobby, gotta love the chrome engine case cover, just finished putting mine on a couple hours ago! I had to remove my bigshots, whatta bitch. I live off spout springs road, about seven miles south of you off hwy 124. Let's ride!!! Dingo
 

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Were the shocks you had shorten stock? How did it change the ride of your bike? I would like to lower my bike some but I am afraid of making it ride to stiff.
 
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i got the sotmc shock mod also. nice job and great guy to work with. anyway, i had him chop as much as he could and wowza that ride was HARD! the bike looked awesome but it got so bad i went out and bought some stock shox again... Doh!! i am only 210 lbs also.
 

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i've only been doin the shock mods a short time compared to them but it souns like they're cuttin too much spring out and not shortening the strut rod enough to compensate. it's been my experience so far that going beyond 1.5 inches affects the shock preload of the factory springs. i don't cut 'em down any lower than 1.5 and have't had any complaints so far as to the quality of the ride. as always JMO.
 

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i've only been doin the shock mods a short time compared to them but it souns like they're cuttin too much spring out and not shortening the strut rod enough to compensate. it's been my experience so far that going beyond 1.5 inches affects the shock preload of the factory springs. i don't cut 'em down any lower than 1.5 and have't had any complaints so far as to the quality of the ride. as always JMO.
I have short legs so I would like to shorten my bike. I ride two up 50% of the time and don't want to cause the bike to bottom out more then it all ready does. Is the amount of travel the shock has reduced when you cut them down?
 

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Podunk/FD said:
ponyz101 said:
i've only been doin the shock mods a short time compared to them but it souns like they're cuttin too much spring out and not shortening the strut rod enough to compensate. it's been my experience so far that going beyond 1.5 inches affects the shock preload of the factory springs. i don't cut 'em down any lower than 1.5 and have't had any complaints so far as to the quality of the ride. as always JMO.
I have short legs so I would like to shorten my bike. I ride two up 50% of the time and don't want to cause the bike to bottom out more then it all ready does. Is the amount of travel the shock has reduced when you cut them down?
i too have short legs my friend....5'5". and we ride 2 up alot . the shocks are actually only shotened a little over an inch and they all drop about another half inch from the bikes weight when installed. the 4 spring coils at the top are much closer together that at the bottom so thats where i cut 'em. helps maitain the preload tension better in my opinion and sinse i only cut 'em and inch i don't have to cut the shock strut to compensate . geometry dictates a slight loss in travel simply because you remove material from the shock. i run a set of these on my bike and my missus and i ride alot. she's about 150 and i'm 135, we and others that ride these, have found that by adjusting the preload to 3 or 4 seems to compensate for the loss of ths spring coils in the top as far as ride stability goes. i guess in other words these don't seem to bottom anymore than they did before i cut 'em down.
 

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Are you able to service the hydraulics of the shock as far as making the dampening control more responsive? Changing metering, valving?

I just did a simple test with one stock shock off this 03 1800C and what a joke. 0 dampening, and sever shock load to the rider if impacting a chuck hole in the night.

The simple test is just remove one shock and test rebound with the one still mounted. If it attempts to bounce on rebound even once, it's junk.
 

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Philscbx said:
Are you able to service the hydraulics of the shock as far as making the dampening control more responsive? Changing metering, valving?

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i suppose it can be done but i'm not set up to do it. well maybe i am, next time i get a junk pair i think i'll cut into 'em and see what makes 'em tick
 
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