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Looking to lower the rear of my bike. Being it’s a 78 I don’t want to chop it

I am leaning toward lowering shocks but I can’t seem to find out exactly what will work. I have an 18" rear wheel w/stock struts and fender.
Thought about mounting the fender directly to the swingarm to aviod hitting the tire, but still dont really know how low to go.

Other option is a bolt on hard tail. I don’t love the idea of a bolt on (and would require more parts and work) but it’s not out of the question.

Any advice, options, photos or even a how to would be appreciated
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Can you weigh down the back of the bike to however low you want it to be, and measure for shocks?
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Progressive 13" did the trick on my 75. They are adjustable, when the wife and i go riding i crank them up two positions and its perfect.
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You can lower it an inch or so with the bottom bracket adapters sold by most of the suppliers. Easy bolt on install and cheap. If you need more than that you will have to go another route. I put them on my 82 XLS and like the result.
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take off shocks from one of the road king or streetglides
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The problem with bracket adapters/kits is that I can tfind one made for pre 82.
Do roadking or streetglide shocks work? what do you need to do to make em fit, just switch the bushings?
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I read some people use 70s FLH stock 12" shocks, these will really lower the bike and may even have some clearence issues. This is what I'm gonna use.
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went with 11in now problems with top of chain and oil tank
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i have a progressive adjustable load 11.5" eye to eye on my 79 (not sure what model)only issue i ran into was a loose chain.even pulled back all the way.

i just took a link out the chain and its all good. about to throw on 10" rigid struts
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i have a progressive adjustable load 11.5" eye to eye on my 79 (not sure what model)only issue i ran into was a loose chain.even pulled back all the way.

i just took a link out the chain and its all good. about to throw on 10" rigid struts
Up to 78 is the old style frame with the midmounted shocks, just an inch or two on our frames goes a long way. The 79 uses the newer triangular frame with rear mounted shocks.
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