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Been loving these shocks so far. Spring rate feels about right, maybe on the firm side, but when I start to turn it's great. Only used the damper on setting 1 of 4, feels about right. Will try it firmer tomorrow to see how it feels.
Only problem I seem to be having is the belt. Might have a slight issue with the exhaust cross over pipe. Might need to remove the exhaust and bend and grind a little bit. Between the bracket and the top part of the pipe there is a little gap, but not much.
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Old thread, I know...Resurrection time

I was wondering about the stock shocks on the taller Sportys, they are 13 inches i2i, and the frame is supposedly the same on all rubbermounted Sportsters. There was this weird lack of clearance between the belt and the support piece on the crossover pipe when I changed stock 11.5 " shocks for 12.5" on my 2012 48.
With the shocks (adjustable from 12.5 to 13.5") adjusted to 13" the belt was rubbing a tiny bit, could see polished out part on that support, and 1/2 mm shiny line along the outside of the belt.
Before someone starts with belt tension, when the wheel was far back enough for the belt to clear that bit, it was so tight that is was binding on up/down movement of the wheel with shocks off.
What am I missing here?
(Except that it's about time to get rid of stock headers and crossover bracket and install good 2 into 1)
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they are 13 inches
13¼"

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the frame is supposedly the same on all rubbermounted Sportsters
Not only supposedly; actually.
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OK, stand corrected,
The crossover bracket is the same too, so where does that interference between parts come from?
There is no way to install 13 1/4"shocks on my bike, at least not without killing the belt.
Spacers on the rear wheel are correct, in correct order too, drive sprocket as well.
Is the whole engine sitting more to the right then it should, and if, how would that happen?
Gonna have to inspect motor mounts I guess.
As an afterthought, I am waiting for UPS to deliver new swingarm bearings, is it possible that the barely noticeable play would position the rear wheel so much that the belt would rub? It is sitting straight on the sprocket, without run off to either side.
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is the exhaust mount slightly bent possibly?
random idea?
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Thought of that too. It is quite unlikely though, the place where it rubs is the thickest and most solid part of the bracket, right where the flat support beam is welded.
I will check with a take off from another bike, I saw at least two laying around in the shop where I work on my bike.
Will go there in the morning anyway, want to check on bobtail fender off of a Dyna.
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Are you sure that your muffler interconnect bracket is the original? Could it have been replaced, and the replacement be from a 2009 or earlier short shock model?

Up to 2009 there were two different brackets, one for models with full length (13¼") shocks, and one for those with shorter shocks. From 2010 onwards the 'long shock' version was used on all models.
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It is a 2012 XL 1200X, I bought it last year with 2600 km on.
PO had it serviced at the dealer exclusively, and had V&H slip-ons installed there (very reluctantly, as they were bought online).
Records at the dealership show no repairs other than fuel pump replacement, plus new battery/tyres /oil change 2 months before I bought it.

I am heading to the garage now, so will compare with the pieces laying around there, one is off of a 2013 Sportster which is being chopped and rebuild into cafe racer.
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Well, the bracket is identical to one off of 2011 Iron, as well as 2013 48.
Next thing is going to be engine mount check, I replaced those the last December, DS variant. Visually, no sag so far, might be that the engine sits a little more to the right than it ought to.
Going to replace swing arm bearings one of these days, will check the rear mount position too.
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