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Default Shocks and clutch Q

Put this post here as it's two part..

Fancy dropping the arse end on my bike maybe an inch are the lowering kits advisable ? Reason I ask is it looks like the angle of the shocks using them may put undue stress on shocks due to the angle they sit at ...

Or " better" to buy shorter shocks ?

Secondly

Thinking of changing clutch pack as I'm not sure if mine still has stock grenade plate but not keen on spending silly money ..

Iv used EBC clutch plates on all my bikes in the past and been happy with them ..

i can buy 2 sets of EBC friction plates and 2 stock steel plates for a fraction of some of the extra plate sets ..

Any reason why doing it this way won't work ( can't see why myself but thought would ask)

I know I would have to keep an eye on overall thickness of pack etc to make sure all fits ok ..

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For the clutch, most here will recommend just getting the stock plates to get rid of the grenade plate. The shocks depend on your weight. My wife weighs about 150, rides a 1200Low. The stock 11.5"shocks were too stiff for her weight & hurt her back on good roads. We put on a set of stock 13.5" shocks (lighter springs), with a pair of lowering blocks to maintain the stock ride height & all is well. I weigh 175 & when I ride her bike, the only time it bottoms, is a very bad bump at speed. If you weigh more than I do, I'd say get some shorter shocks, as they will have stiffer springs for the weight. You're still giving up suspension travel, no matter which way you go. If your roads are are good where you are, that shouldn't be a big deal.
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I put Progressive 11" shocks on the rear, also lowered the front forks 2"
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It doesn't stress the suspension, but it will make it ride softer. The more the shocks "lay down" the softer the ride. The closer they are to vertical the harsher the ride.

I don't think the solid mounts had the grenade plate, but I could be wrong.

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I replaced the spring plate in my 07 883 with appropriate stock plates. I like it. No difference that I can tell.
as for rear shocks, no comment, my 79 Shovelhead FX had alternate mounting points welded to the swing arm, the shocks were "laid down" a tad, bike was thus lower, Never any issues, I guess I was used to it.
I weigh about 200 with helmet, boots and jacket etc. I would guess. My shocks are on lowest setting, haven't bottomed yet.
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Shock lowering blocks is the cheapest route. I think that as long as the shocks aren't more than 45 degees, there really shouldn't be a stress factor to worry about.
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