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Default Flat tracker: 18" rear wheel and rear shock length?

I've got an 08 nightster, and am toying with the idea of turning it into a flat track look-alike. I am inspired by this thread. I know he was going for a cafe look, but all that would be different is a pair of dirt track handlebars, really.



How long must one go on the rear shocks for an 18" rear wheel? I'm thinking of Ohlins, which come in 11.6", 13.2", and 14.1" in their cheapest configuration. I think I've read 14.25" is the longest one can go before something bad happens. I can't remember what, tho'.
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IMHO- on a rubbermount, 13.75" is the longest shock length you should go- without having clearance issues with rear brake M/C linkage and belt, also when using TALL shocks with the OEM exhaust crossover bracket- there may be a belt rub issue there as well.

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I've got 14.25's on mine. had to adjust my pipes a little but other than that, no issues
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Thx for all the replies, guys. I don't want to get too high. I like the looks of these:




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What length do you guys think? I'm guessing the 13.2" ones, although Ralph looks to have 11"-ish.

Btw, where else do you guys hang out to read about flat trackers?
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I've been posting right here on the XLF about streetrackers and flattrackers since I joined, just read my posts.
There are 100's of Streetracker and Flattracker pix in this thread- http://xlforum.net/forums/s...55#post1896955
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PS- if you actually want to Lurk on the actual REAL Flattrackers website/forum, go to http://www.flattrack.com -and the Forum section talks about the latest topics in the REAL world of flattrack !

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Ralphthe3rd's bike

What length do you guys think? I'm guessing the 13.2" ones, although Ralph looks to have 11"-ish.

Btw, where else do you guys hang out to read about flat trackers?
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I have Progressive 418's in 13.5" length on my bike...

MY BIKE- with MY 13.5" 418's !
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Whoops! Sorry Ralph. I guess I mixed up whose bike was which!
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