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Thread: Rear Shock Modification

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    Thumbs up Rear Shock Modification

    Having had no success in finding a good pair of OEM rear shocks for the '64, I went ahead and removed the chrome lower end piece. I wanted the non-chromed look that is close the original look. Yes I realize that I just removed the adjustment capibility, but I have a plan for that. I'm going to attempt to drill new adjustment holes in the upper portion of the two exposed halves. That will give me the ability to adjust as necessary.
    My next plan involves finding the correct lower halves and incorporating them in my new shocks. I have seen some pretty crappy OEM shocks on ebay. I'll snag the next pair that come up, remove the lower adjusters and give it a try. I'm only showing one shock right now because the other one is holding the A$$ end of the bike up. Photo to follow.

    Hey let me know if you think I'm Plumb-Crazy doing this.

    Last edited by Fabe; 01-19-2011 at 07:12 PM.
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    i think yer crazy doin this----i want to too. i guess i'll wait n see how it comes out. thank you for the attempt. i'll look tomorrow or next day and see if i have any of those cams left. if i do you can have them to experiment with

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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    I like em. It takes all of 5 minutes to remove the chrome bottoms.


    I'm now on the hunt for some of those correct cams. I bet the exchange can be done.
    Thanks for checking Flat-Happy.
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Yes it might work to interchange the cams but the tops will still be wrong,
    IMO, just throwing good money after bad....Rod
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    That looks like a shovelhead shock (?). Can't you put the 'rounded' cover on top and make it look more correct? I've got them on my shovelhead, just because I like how they look.

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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Sorry I didn't mention that I do have the round tops. They just are not installed. I now have 100% of the things I need to complete the bike. Everything That is not on right now (fishtails, shock tops, outter primary, mirrors, etc) are waiting for the sheet metal. I don't want to scratch everything up before it's time. If I can convince Doug to put the saddlebags on the back burner, I can get to the paint job. I'm as close as I can get with the fuel tank pattern. Things will come together real quik after the paint is done. I'm sure you guys can tell that the build only stopped because of the paint project.
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Here ya go. Funny that all I was thinking about was the bottoms and never realized how wrong the tops looked. Talk about focus.
    I still like em. And before anyone says anything, Yes I know that there is a clamp the holds the caps on...I have that too.

    Great looking Shovel Bigincher.



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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    My Buddy Rod's '65 has the cams I'm looking for.

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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Quote Originally Posted by Fabe View Post
    My Buddy Rod's '65 has the cams I'm looking for.

    Fabe,
    Those are 65-66 only cams. The 58-64's don't have that many holes.
    UPSROD

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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Your right UPS. I just did my homework and these are the cams I'm looking for. Thanks for keeping me straight.

    Last edited by Fabe; 01-22-2011 at 07:44 PM.
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