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I need to lower my ride at least an inch until I get get full strength back in my right leg and ankle. The stock eye to eye measurement for my '81 is 12.5". Does anyone know if Nightster shocks ( 11" eye to eye ) will fit? I have read that the height is not an issue but are the lugs the same etc?
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I need to lower my ride at least an inch until I get get full strength back in my right leg and ankle. The stock eye to eye measurement for my '81 is 12.5". Does anyone know if Nightster shocks ( 11" eye to eye ) will fit? I have read that the height is not an issue but are the lugs the same etc?
Rc, I'm not sure on this,but I think the bushings are a different size. I think you can use the same size bushing and rubbers and make it work(not sure, haven't done that). My issue would be clearance between the fender bolts and tire. Although I'm not using 12.5 shocks either. Those would be a bit short for me. Good Luck Bro. Stay in the saddle, your doin' great.
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a post recently where there was like a 2 page discussion about lowering my bike and my options..
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I read that thread. It did not answer my question. Thanks anyway,

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Rc, I'm not sure on this,but I think the bushings are a different size. I think you can use the same size bushing and rubbers and make it work(not sure, haven't done that). My issue would be clearance between the fender bolts and tire. Although I'm not using 12.5 shocks either. Those would be a bit short for me. Good Luck Bro. Stay in the saddle, your doin' great.
Thanks for that info. I can fab the rubber grommets and bushings if that's all it takes.
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for arguments sake could you safely space the top and the bottom of the springs.. to make sure for clearance. not sure if it can be done on a harley but i seen someone do this on a cafe racer to fit shorter progressive type shocks without hitting rear frame,bolts, inside tire or reardisk setup he had which seemed to get in the way.

he used a solid spacer thru the middle and either had it tapped so he could bolt on or welded dont remember.

but i agree on before i had a hardtail the nightster shocks seem like a great idea..
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