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After I get my stock rear changed to a 200 in Feb I want to get rid of the stock shocks. Was looking at a few Progressive ones, in black but would actually like to mount a set of FLH type ones, the solid covered type. I've seen them for other models but not a Sportster and definitely not for my year and model, 2000 883 Hugger.
Just wondering if I got a set that matched the stock length if they'd be able to be mounted without having to totally customize the rear set up even more than I am already...tia.
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Try Hagon shocks, they do a fully covered shock. Sure I saw some on a solid mount sporty last year at a bike meet in Warrington.
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So far the only shocks I've found with covers are the Progressive 412s but for my year 2000 they only come in chrome, no black. For 04 and up they do have what I'm looking for. Would it be possible to modify them to fit my year? I don't know what the major difference would be as far as mounting them. All Evo sportster models seem to be relatively the same when it comes to certain things. The ones available in those years are the same stock length as mine, 11".
I saw a vid on YT I think where a guy mounted shovel head flh shocks on his evo Sporty but didn't go into detail how he did it.
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Big Twin shocks can be fitted but unless you're a heavyweight they will be far too hard for a much lighter Sportster. Many have successfully used air shocks from a later Glide though. Don't know if air shocks were used on Shovelheads though
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I understand that the bigger models have heavier shock ratings but I don't get why shocks for an 04 and up won't fit a 2000.
Most aftermarket parts for Sportsters are listed up to 99 then from 00-03 and 04 and up. Trying to find out what the major differences are for basic parts such as shocks. I'm assuming it would be where they're mounted from frame to swingarm possibly?
If I can't find what I'm looking for I'll probably just get the 412s in chrome and have my powder coating guy sand blast them and coat them black...doesn't seem like I have many other options.
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I understand that the bigger models have heavier shock ratings but I don't get why shocks for an 04 and up won't fit a 2000.
Most aftermarket parts for Sportsters are listed up to 99 then from 00-03 and 04 and up. Trying to find out what the major differences are for basic parts such as shocks. I'm assuming it would be where they're mounted from frame to swingarm possibly?
If I can't find what I'm looking for I'll probably just get the 412s in chrome and have my powder coating guy sand blast them and coat them black...doesn't seem like I have many other options.
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If you can't get a Twin Adjustable or a PA shock because of the expense, then you would probably find the best option to be some take off air shocks from a Touring model. You should be able to get them for around $100 and they will give a better ride than the 412's.

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So far the only shocks I've found with covers are the Progressive 412s but for my year 2000 they only come in chrome, no black. For 04 and up they do have what I'm looking for. Would it be possible to modify them to fit my year? I don't know what the major difference would be as far as mounting them. All Evo sportster models seem to be relatively the same when it comes to certain things. The ones available in those years are the same stock length as mine, 11".
I saw a vid on YT I think where a guy mounted shovel head flh shocks on his evo Sporty but didn't go into detail how he did it.
They have them in chrome for a 2000 in 11" as well. p/n 412-4056C

I can't say I'd spend anything close to the asking price on a 412 having ridden a set though... Especially if you're on the lighter side and running an 11" shock. My 11" 412s (on there when I bought it) beat the crap out of me before I went to the 13" shocks I've got now.
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They have them in chrome for a 2000 in 11" as well. p/n 412-4056C

I can't say I'd spend anything close to the asking price on a 412 having ridden a set though... Especially if you're on the lighter side and running an 11" shock. My 11" 412s (on there when I bought it) beat the crap out of me before I went to the 13" shocks I've got now.
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.
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Look for the 440s. They can still be found as NOS at a good price since being replaced by the 444s and are way better than the 412s.
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