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kappachinojon
post Jun 24 2011, 03:02 PM
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Hi, does anyone out there know if u can put short rear shocks taken from a 2000 sportster, and put them on a 2006 model?
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post Dec 23 2011, 06:18 PM
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I can't give you a yes or no with no mods answer but really you can put anything on if you don't mind modifying them. I have 2005 Ultra shocks on my 2000 883. All I had to do was space them out a little.
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post Dec 25 2011, 05:46 PM
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If the eyes of the shock are the same diameter, then yes (they changed the stud bolt size at some point, but I can't remember when). Also make sure that your current rim/ tire will still have proper clearence with the fender being that it will be lowered. Just FYI, shortening the shocks will cause a rougher ride and poor handling (specially with 2 up riding). Most performance `experts' advise increasing travel to 11.5-12" (over the standard 10.75") for best cornering and handling. So if you are modifying for looks and bar hopping it is OK, if you are going to tour or ride any distance you will be disappointed. Hope this is some help. The XL Sportser forum has a very in depth `sticky' on suspension and I would advise you to check there for information.
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post Dec 25 2011, 05:48 PM
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Crap, this is an old thread. Should have looked at that.

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post Sep 7 2013, 11:23 PM
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I've been researching this quite a bit. Started shopping for a Sporty with a rental 1200 Custom. Got the wife on the back and went for an evening cruise. Country road just about did her in. Rental bike had beat shocks.

Got a line on my current bike - '97 1200C and she went along for the test ride. Liked it a whole lot better and said we ought to get it - we did :)

Has 11.75" rear factory shocks. Started digging for info. Seems that Harley fitted everything from 10.5" for the Low Riders to 13.375" for some of the R models and Euro exports. The Brit Boys have been bolting 13.5" Hagons on for quite a while.

Found a set of hardly used 13.375" Showa take-offs (OEM H-D Shocks) with low wear (almost none) and got them off eBay pretty reasonable. They'll be here in a few days. I'll report back on how that goes.

I know 12.5" shocks work fine without issues. Just curious about the longest fitment ...
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