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Old 09-06-09, 05:22 PM   #1
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which shox to get for this project

hello everyone, im from Vancouver BC and i'm trying to build a custom motorcycle. i know it has nothing to do with bicycles but i need everyones expertience on this one. im building a custom front end for my motorcycle which utilizes a bike shock. my question is, which shocks do you guys suggest would work well for this design

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i was told to get Fox DHX 5.0, would that work?
i need a shocks that is short, good rebound, tunable, bottom out protection and reliable
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Old 09-06-09, 06:19 PM   #2
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it seems to me that the weight of a motorcycle would need a beefier, maybe custom, springer
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Old 09-06-09, 06:38 PM   #3
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I have both motorcycle & bicycle experience.

No way a bike front fork or component will work. The weight differential between the two is way too much. These customs had the front fork & suspension designed and built from scratch. I like the Kustom Katoom, btw.
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Old 09-06-09, 06:55 PM   #4
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No way a bike front fork or component will work. The weight differential between the two is way too much. These customs had the front fork & suspension designed and built from scratch. I like the Kustom Katoom, btw.
i think you've read my question all wrong.
i am doing a custom build and my question was directed to the rear shocks of the bicycle to be used in my front suspension.
if you look closely at the first bike i posted, Jesse Rooke(the builder of that bike) utilized a Mt. bike suspension as well. if i'm correct he used the 5th element shocks by progresive suspension. my question was is there any other better shocks options.
hope that clears it up...
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Old 09-07-09, 01:02 AM   #5
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Not our bag.
Basically you need to know what the travel is and at what load it bottoms out at. That's put simply from someone who doesn't doesn't have one suspension item on their bike.
But anyways, the mountain bike section will know much more about shocks.
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Old 09-08-09, 10:06 PM   #6
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i think you've read my question all wrong.
i am doing a custom build and my question was directed to the rear shocks of the bicycle to be used in my front suspension.
if you look closely at the first bike i posted, Jesse Rooke(the builder of that bike) utilized a Mt. bike suspension as well. if i'm correct he used the 5th element shocks by progresive suspension. my question was is there any other better shocks options.
hope that clears it up...
Guilty as charged. Interesting project, one that is far beyond my scope of talents. Post pics as construction progresses. Got my curiosity piqued.
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Old 09-09-09, 07:32 AM   #7
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That Fox shock would probably do it. Or most DH rated shocks that allow you to run a really heavy spring. Is this for show, or does it need to perform reasonably well?
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Old 09-09-09, 08:25 AM   #8
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Could you use a pair and mount them either side instead of one in the center? Might make it easier to get good performance and not overload the shocks and springs.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:29 AM   #9
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Also check out the Curnutt. A DH shock should be fine for light street use.
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Old 09-09-09, 01:31 PM   #10
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Go with the best you can find. Losing a front end at speed isn't worth saving a few dollars.


Personally, I'd go with an old brit. girder instead.

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no idea, but post pics when you do it please. it'll be ok. duct tape a pedal to it and claim it's a alt bike.
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