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  1. #11
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Look what I found at the Harley Davidson stoe's used parts sale. They cost a whopping $1.00 each. Now to clean them up and make em work.

    Fabe
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Wow! Good score..!!
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Fabe,
    What type of shocks are those that you started out with. I also have a 64 and am very interested on the outcome of this project.

    Thanx

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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Quote Originally Posted by t-jacobs View Post
    Fabe,
    What type of shocks are those that you started out with. I also have a 64 and am very interested on the outcome of this project.

    Thanx
    They are V-Twin 11" shocks part number 54-108. I got them a year ago when I started this project. I would bet Harley Davidson shocks would break down just like these did.

    I cleaned up the cams and they look to be in good condition. I've got to go back to the Runamuk shop and figure out what it is going to take to mate them up to the tops. I'm betting they will go right together, but if they don't I'm positive Randy will be able to help me make it work.

    All of the parts are steel. Once the fit is confirmed, I'll get them sand blasted, smoothed out and re-finished. The goal is to have a pair of brand new 11" shocks that look exactly like the period correct 13" original ones. Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the "A" and the "B" slots?



    It looks like three of the four pieces are clear cadmium plated and the fourth part is parkerized. Help me out guys, am I right on this?

    Last edited by Fabe; 01-30-2011 at 07:19 PM.
    Fabe
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    '64 FL
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Thanks Fabe,

    You say you will end up with 11" shocks to replace the 13". Why would you not want to stay with 13" ? Are you trying to lower the rear end? I will be watching to see how ths works.

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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    I wanted a lower bike. Way in the beginning of the build, I wasn't looking for a period correct bike at all. I modified my way of thinking after attending this online CAI academy. As far as shocks go, I don't have a pair of 13" shocks. The only pair of good condition OEM shocks I have seen sold on ebay for $550.00. I bid a measly $275.00 and was way off the mark. I'll keep you posted on the how these cams fit (or don't fit) to the 11" shocks.
    Fabe
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    A few turns on the lathe with some emery cloth and the old finish and crud came right off. Heading to Runamuks to trial fit them and see if they will work. If they do then it's off to Quality Coating for some cad plating.

    Fabe
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Took the cleaned up cams to Randy's shop this morning. You guys will be impressed to know that these cams fit right up to the 11" shocks without need of modification. I took the cams to the cad plater and the inner part to the gun shop for parkerizing. I should have them together by the end of next week.
    Fabe
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    '50 Chief
    '64 FL
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Now that's cool stuff..!
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    Re: Rear Shock Modification

    Here is the finished product, an 11" brand new shock that looks like the correct shock from 1964. The whole process cost just under fifty bucks. That's a price I'm happy to pay. Next photo will be of the modified shocks on the bike.
    Last edited by Fabe; 02-09-2011 at 05:00 PM.
    Fabe
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