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Harley Progressive shocks on a 1985 VT700
Old 02-11-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Harley Progressive shocks on a 1985 VT700

Ok so when I was trying to figure out how to get progressives on my bike for cheap, I read a number of threads about people using progressives for Harleys on their VTs. Some said, "Eh, its pretty easy, but you gotta grind the bracket down." Others were like, "Nah man, you gotta grind one bracket and one eyelet and get correctly sized bushings and sleeves and and and..."

They were all wrong.

The left side was bolt-on. Used a 2x4 to lever the tire into position and it slid right onto the stock mounting points. No changing bushings or sleeves, just perfection.

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For the right side, I only needed to swap the bottom bushings from the stock shock to the HD shock. I simply pressed the bushing out of the Harley shock using a bench vise and two sockets. I used an 11mm socket to push the sleeve into an 18mm socket, then used the the 18mm to push the bushing into an 1 1/16" socket.

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Then I repeated the process with the stock shock. After the stock bushing was out, I pressed it into the HD shock by switching the sockets used for removal (the bushing sticks out a little on each side so just using the vice wouldn't work), then pressed the sleeve in. Presto! Now its a direct fit to the right side of the bike.



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Ended up dropping the rear about 1.5-2 inches... doesn't sound like much but boy is it enough to make a difference.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:24 AM   #2
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How much did the shocks run you out for? Thinking about going this route.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:36 AM   #3
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I did this on my 86 vt700, i had to press out all the bushings but one I think.
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:48 PM   #4
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Look on ebay or various HD Sporter sites.
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:53 PM   #5
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buy mine for $50. sick of suspension, going rigid.
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Harley Progressive shocks on a 1985 VT700
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Harley Progressive shocks on a 1985 VT700

Hello

Does anyone know the length of a Harley springer shock absorber?

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