I am wanting to replace my shocks with some air suspension shocks but don't want to pay the 200-300 for a pair of shocks when I can theoretically go to the autoparts store and get them for a quarter of the price. Any ideas?
theorectically yeah, but you got to remember the rate for a car chock is 3000lbs or better a bike only weights about 500lbs it would stiff as a hardtail even with hardly any air in them
I would suggest ebay or a swap meet for some to save you some money or shell out the money for new
If you use car/truck shocks..whats gonna give you spring rate?? Whats gonna hold up the frame/fender off the tire?? You need coil overs, and they are no cheaper by any means to shocks for a bike. Air shocks for autos will work fine, when full of air...but what happens when they blow out?? You end up with a wrecked bike! Its part of a suspension system, not as the system!
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If you use car/truck shocks..whats gonna give you spring rate?? Whats gonna hold up the frame/fender off the tire?? You need coil overs, and they are no cheaper by any means to shocks for a bike.
Most car "shocks" (not coil over struts) are JUST shock absorbers. They are designed for installation on suspensions where a separate (control arm or live axle mounted) coil or leaf springs provide the support for the suspension.
But motorcycle "shocks" are not normally JUST shocks - they are the shocks AND the springs combined. Meaning they don't just supply the compression and rebound dampening but they support the suspension.