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anyone have good picks of rigid struts in place of shocks? i fabbed up some 11" eye to eye struts for my 02, which really lays the fender well over the 200 series tire. i think the shocks look like crap on the hydro-frame but square stock struts aren't the answer.
 

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big rich has them on his VR race bike i think, you might want to check his photo gallery.
 

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J&P used to sell a strut called "billet not shocks". I ran them before I got air ride. They were either 10" or 10.5, can't remember now. Last I checked them didn't list them on their site, so not too sure who would have them. Hope this was totally worthless to you.
 

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Unless the bike is very strictly a drag racer and never run on the street, why would anyone swap their shocks for struts???
 

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Personally I think the Kosman struts are the best looking ones out there. I have two sets one that Cheatin' modified to be around 11" and an unmodified set from Kosman that I believe are 12". Here is a link to the unmodified ones: http://www.1130cc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=140319

http://www.1130cc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65168

and here are some pics of the modified ones: http://www.1130cc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63996

Please note all the pics are taken with 17" wheels so the tuck isn't as dramatic as yours with the 18" stock wheel.
 

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Unless the bike is very strictly a drag racer and never run on the street, why would anyone swap their shocks for struts???

you know i may be way out of line here, but i'd say someone put struts on there bike because thats what they want. just like someone would paint a bike a different color or put different wheels on their bike, but thats just a wild guess, what do i know anyway.............
 

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Unless the bike is very strictly a drag racer and never run on the street, why would anyone swap their shocks for struts???
just like the slammed look. my triumph has a 16" seat high & 1/2 clear over tire. i have rode it for 3K miles like that. i use my 08' rocker for long trips because it has a big tank and plush ride. the v is for light to light stuff and it looks better low on the strip. i think the rear of the bike fails the hydro frame. i'm working on a hard-tail project (as soon as i get an extra frame) to incorporate a tube triangle in place of the swing arm.
 

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J&P used to sell a strut called "billet not shocks". I ran them before I got air ride. They were either 10" or 10.5, can't remember now. Last I checked them didn't list them on their site, so not too sure who would have them. Hope this was totally worthless to you.
Well,fwiw,this was pretty useless information for me.:wazzup:
 

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thanks for the strut pics. i'm going to try to fab something in keeping with the bikes lines but i'm have some creative block. probably should have a beer.
 

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you know i may be way out of line here, but i'd say someone put struts on there bike because thats what they want. just like someone would paint a bike a different color or put different wheels on their bike, but thats just a wild guess, what do i know anyway.............
I'm with ya.

Different strokes for different folks. But it's all good.
 

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Unless the bike is very strictly a drag racer and never run on the street, why would anyone swap their shocks for struts???
you know i may be way out of line here, but i'd say someone put struts on there bike because thats what they want. just like someone would paint a bike a different color or put different wheels on their bike, but thats just a wild guess, what do i know anyway.............
I think Phil is raising the question about why, as the frames on old skool hard tails are designed to flex & stress to the poor road conditions, verses newer ~more rigid~ frames designed for sprung suspensions.

Handling dynamics on a drag race track (with wheelie bars or w/o) is pretty much irrelevant given the smooth controlled surface, but real world pot holed roads (like I have here in Mass & RI) and pretty much elsewhere with a ridged rear suspension handle poorly, I was glad to get the regular suspension back on my 04-A.

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...I think Phil is raising the question about why, as the frames on old skool hard tails are designed to flex & stress to the poor road conditions, verses newer ~more rigid~ frames designed for sprung suspensions.

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:bs: the frames on an old school hard tail are not designed to flex & stress to poor road conditions. real old school fabrication took nothing into consideration of flex and stress. in fact i had all of the bondo crack out of an old sportster frame cause i had no idea what i was doing. back in the "old school" we'd bolt or weld any tubing we had laying around the shop on the back of them things. probably wasn't smart but i never had one fail. the increased tube sizes required to handle this kinda HP will make it stiffer but i don't know any old school fabricators that factored frame flex for comfort in their bikes.
 
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