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I'd like to raise (yeah, you read that right) raise the rear suspnsion on my '07, 1200 Nightster. Can anyone tell me what Max length shock I can install before I run into problems.
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At least 13.25" The shock bolts starts hitting the exhaust when any longer.

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You can certainly go to 13¼", which is the old standard shock length, and is used on HDI Nightsters, with (I believe) the short Nightster fork. The steering will be quite a bit lighter and quicker (more sensitive, less stable in a straight line).
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Whittlebeast, Folkie,
And all the others, thank you for the quick replies and the warm welcome. Much appreciated.
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I have 14.25" shocks on mine, but they DO NOT work with the stock exhaust, the belt will rub the crossover/bracket. Also, 14.25" looks to be the max you can go without the belt rubbing the master cylinder. It is VERY close on mine but does not touch. I love the handling with the raised suspension though
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All sorts of options. Adding Ricor Intiminators and longer forks will also help. Proper suspension tuning is a must. But unless you get full length forks to match longer shocks, you will always be limited by ground clearance in the corners. See the link in my signature for details. Be sure to read about loosening the belt to avoid binding up rear suspension movement with longer shocks.
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Bighit, XL,
Thanks for the reply. OEM exhaust went off the first day in my garage. I have V&H Short-shots.
XL, your site is very informative. Most helpful. Thanks guys,
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