Okay so I bought this extended swingarm off of E-Bay to get installed on my 95' 1100.
It's in the process of getting installed at my friends shop right now.
In that pic above from E-Bay.......the swingarm is UPSIDE DOWN. The brace is supposed to be facing UP....not facing downward.
Anyway.....when they turned the swingarm right side up.....they ran into a CLEARANCE PROBLEM were the rear shock suspension has no room to travel.
So basically when the bike is sat down the swingarm pushes the shock assembly up into the battery under the seat.....DAMNIT!
So the options presented to me were:
1. Cut the top of the brace on the swingarm down...fabricate it and chrome it.
2. ditch the shock assembly altogether and use a STRUT instead.
I chose #2 to save money man. I don't have the loot to get the swingarm altered. And the dudes really didn't want to do it anyway I could tell.
My question to you guys is:
HOW WILL RIDING ON A STRUT INSTEAD OF A REAR SHOCK AFFECT MY RIDE COMFORT/HANDLING/PASSENGER COMFORT??????
The bike is already helluva uncomfortable to ride because it's basically a detuned race bike.......but my boy told me he rode on a bike with a rear strut for 2 years. He told me that I would have to run a lower tire pressure on the rear wheel and that would be enough to get by. We have MAJOR POTHOLES in Michigan man.
Anybody out there have a REAR STRUT set-up now or can offer any advice on if my kidneys will still be usable after riding a bike with just a strut and no shock?
BTW....all I do is cruise around man. I don't go to the track. Although I will drag race from time to time when someone wants to test me at a stop light.