These are high quality American shocks that are perfect for street and short track racing Sportsters. They are more robust than street shocks. The double wall steel body construction with nitrogen charged, multi-staged velocity sensitive valving gives you smooth, consistent damping. A five-position cam style preload adjuster lets you dial in your ride whether you're a light rider or heavier.
In addition to leveling the bike, these taller shocks allow more fender-to-tire clearance for my license plate assembly. The bike will lay over more on the side stand but still works. These progressive shocks have 75/125 springs. This is an all-round rate to suck up the small bumps (75) and a stiffer portion (125) to handle the rough jolts.
I remove the geeky looking collars that come on the OEM shocks. That makes these shocks look more dirt tracky. I’ve picked this new shock length to work better with my Sportster Racing QuikTurn 27° Steering Kit© for short track racing.
Rob Robinson, Woodside, CA said this about the shocks:
Here’s what happened when I put longer shocks on my 883 Sportster. Being a slight fellow (at 280 pounds) the stock 12” shocks were terrible. I had to max out the preload so they didn’t bottom out as easily. They were stiff and even then I still managed to find the bottom almost habitually. (Pain).
The new shocks were beautifully painted (orange) and they are very high quality, exactly as stated. I took the bike for a spin after installing them and I could not believe the difference they made. It was like I jumped on a completely different motorcycle! The bike steers quicker and feels 100 pounds lighter. I think the taller shocks affected the fork angle, which could account for the quicker steering. These shocks are worth every cent, so if you're on the fence about purchasing them, I say JUMP!