Lower Nighster Rear End

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by Ranger63, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Ranger63

    Ranger63 Member

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    My Nightster presently has 11" center to center of bolts, rear shocks, stock HD. I would like to lower the rear by about 1". Should I be buying a 10" shock ?? Thanks guys, let me know.
     
  2. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    Could you get that inch with the seat and maybe a lower profile tire with out compromising the ride?
     
  3. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    I'm leaning with Chopper on that one...the Nightster is already a lowered "C" model in black livery, can't imagine doing much more lowering without it making the ride feel like a pogoing sawhorse while scrape-ing hard bits on mild curvy roads. If this is your daily driver, and you need to lower the bike 1" because of seat height/comfort, going to a Reach or Mustang seat, changing the handle bar/grip angle may help. Both available at your local HD dealer could be the ticket without sacrificing ride quality.:s
     
  4. Ranger63

    Ranger63 Member

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    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the feedback. What I am trying to achieve is the rear ture buried into the fender look. It's not the seat height I want to lower. I just want to get that look, the wheel in the fender look. Thanks
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    In that case somethimes a little artistic "sleight of hand" would work by changing the rear fender profile and changing wheel/tire profile (if it is your daily driver so you don't tear up your spine and look good at the same time)!!!
     
  6. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Those are pretty stubby rear shocks...10" eye to eye length?...and yeah the tire really "nests" into the fender doesn't it... :swoon Quite honestly, in the early 80's I was looking at the XV (Virago) with sincere interest, liked the air/oil cooled simplicity, "sewing machine" smoothness and reliability when they were introduced.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2010
  7. Rick540

    Rick540 New Member

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    PM sent Hobbit.
     
  8. Rick540

    Rick540 New Member

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    I sent an email not a PM... Sorry.