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So were the 11" a harder ride? I wasn't aware you can switch to a different length other than what the stock length is. My stock ones now feel good, so far no complaints but I've yet to take it out on the highway for a long run. My problem thus far hasn't been ride quality, it's finding a set of full covered ones in all black. Like I stated above I don't understand why they have them only up to 03 models in chrome only but from 04 and up they're in black or chrome. What I'm asking is would a set for 04, available in black full covers, be able to be fitted on a 2000 and if not why or how can they be made to fit as well as, after just learning you can switch to different lengths, how to install ones a bit longer.
04+ will work, but they’re going to be springboards. 70 lbs or so more bike there, so you’re going to need to be 70 lbs heavier than what I think is already a tad stiff for the intended bike. Short shocks are going to have less travel before getting really hard on you. Longer shocks will have a lot more squish before they get super stiff, even if they’re designed around the same bike and rider weight.

But yes, different lengths work fine too. You’ve got to pay attention to changes in your steering angles and all that or you’ll get huge changes in how it rides, sometimes dangerously so. But, you can go from 10” struts to 15” shocks on these if you really want to.

It’s definitely going to come down to whether looks are more important than performance for you here. There are going to be better options than a custom finish on a 412 or running a mismatched shock for the money. But if you’re set on a look, I’m sure something exists.
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