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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2011, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone on here tried to soften the suspension of the 2010 or newer 8 balls? I have a 2011 KP 8 ball and was thinking about trying to replace the rear shock with a standard KP rear shock or even a cross roads shock if possible. I got to demo a cross roads last weekend and really liked the ride (but still like my bike better). The guy at the dealership thinks i should add another link to raise my seat height but i don't think that will help the travel. Just looking for ideas for a softer ride.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 01:19 PM
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I would advise you to buy the Penske or kewlmetal air ride if you are going to spend money on a new shock.

If you an aggressive rider then go with the Penske. If you are cruiser like me the air ride is Aces!
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Thanks for the advice, I'm not really looking for anything more aggressive than what I already have and I'm hoping to be able to do this on the cheap. What would you think about just replacing the 3" 8 ball spring with the 3.7" KP spring?

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Since I started this thread I've just been sucking it up on the stock suspension. Ready to fix that this winter. I haven't been able to find the kewl metal air ride shock, most links through Google say discontinued.

For the two lengths of progressive 465 shock, on a 2011 KP 8ball,
My questions are: if I were to install the long shock, would I have to replace the links to make more room? Would the longer travel shock provide noticeably more comfort thank the short one? Would a longer shock and possibly new links change the geometry of the bike?

Thanks in advance for any input.

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get your rear wheel off the ground and adjust your shock
You should get a nice ride out if what you have

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Not sure about the link, but I have heard good things about the longer progressive shock.

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put a penske on my 2013 hammer! if it makes a hammer ride decent it will do wonders for you. i got mine directly from penske as i live only 60 miles away, they are built to order for YOU! with top quality parts. off the shelf shocks are a crapshoot, do it once do it RIGHT! air shocks are a cheap bandaid IMO! thats why Hxxxxy D uses them!!!
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Too many folks say the Penske is the best mod period. That's one definitive statement ending in "period" I'm inclined to believe. It gets my vote and hope to install someday when I can justify the cost.


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realizing everyone is financially different sometimes a more expensive purchase done once is cheaper than several cheaper purchases trying to get good results, its always the buyers choice for sure. i remember drooling over a set of budnick wheels at a rod show about $1500 for 4 years ago, made to order i whipped out the plastic after a few more beers, thew went on a nice 72 olds cutlass hardtop, everyone commented on them, the finish inside was better than most outside, i quickly forgot how much $$$ they were!!! if there's a way buy what you want!!
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