Shock replacement length

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by vonh12, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. vonh12

    vonh12 Member

    40
    0
    0
    I have a question I never really gave much thought to till I recently decided to replace my '97' sportys rear shocks. They measure 12" hole-to-hole but does the shock setting change this length and if so in which position/setting do you measure the shock to get a proper replacement length??
     
  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    5,278
    133
    157
    Adjusting the shocks does not alter the length of the shock it just changes the length of the spring and as such makes the spring firmer or softer by adding or removing tension

    Brian
     
  3. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

    5,800
    153
    318
    Eyelet to eyelet. Anything longer or shorter will alter height of bike. Fin has you covered in regards to adjusting for load capacity.
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

    18,544
    153
    399
    When you ramp up the spring on the shock it puts more pressure on the spring, the eye to eye is not changed
     
  5. vonh12

    vonh12 Member

    40
    0
    0
    Thanks guys great info as usual!!