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Old 02-18-2004, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Motorcycle Shocks - Why NOT?!?!

Iīm posting this in the noob forum, so you fawkers wonīt be able to flame me...............


OK, so why COULDNīT motorcycle shocks be used on a crawler?!?

Capacity??
Shock absorbing characteristics??
Mounting??
Other??

Iīm thinking that any one of these problems could be overcome with a little work and could result in a decent coilover or even Fox Shox substitute for a fraction of the cost. All being equal, I plan to go with the Fax Shox, but Iīm just curious if anyone has tried bike shocks........

Remember fawkers, no flaming here in the noob forum........
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Old 02-18-2004, 07:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not valved for the weight, not enough travel.
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Old 02-18-2004, 07:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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not valved for the weight, not enough travel x10.
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Iīm thinking that valving could be modified. Length I donīt know for sure, but I recall seeing some pretty long motocross bike shocks.........

Just a wild ass thought anyways.........
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Old 02-18-2004, 08:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've got a junked KTM in the yard with 14" travel in the front forks, but the spring rate and valving is very light - this thing only weighs ~200#. Maybe if you put four or more on each corner it'd catch on with the show-truck crowd.
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Old 02-19-2004, 08:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There is definitely not enough spring rate in the motorcycle suspensions regardless of valving. Also there isnt a way to get enough travel out of the rear shock to use for anything worthwhile. If you get in to the high end stuff that might be able to work you are spending waaaaaayyyyyyy too much money.

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Old 02-20-2004, 10:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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valving really aint an issue, they can be valved and sprung to be perfect for buggy applications the problem is the shocks no matter how long still only have 3-4 maybe 5 inches of travel. The bike gets its travel cuz of the swingarm and linkage. So if your fine with a 4 inch travel shock build away, if your thinking of using the front forks that is just plain silly.
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