rear shocks from other bikes - how beefy?

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rear shocks from other bikes - how beefy?

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Thinking about replacing the OEM air shocks on my '81 with traditional spring shocks. The current ride is OK, but i don't trust 40 year old seals to consistently hold air. My 'wing is strictly a solo, non-loaded bike, the wife won't get on it (no back rest) and there's no luggage.

I know Progressives are a common swap, but I already have a pair of 12.5" shocks in decent shape from a Yamaha XS750. I also have a line on some 13" shocks from a Triumph Bonneville. Would the Yammie or Bonnie shocks be beefy enough?

I did search beforehand, but "shocks" bring up too many results to be practical.
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While the length is important to maintain frame geometry, the problem with swapping shocks from other makes or models is the spring rate. Are the springs softer or harder, single or progressive rates, mounts, etc. You will have to determine what works for you.
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i am planning on buying the progressives when they are back in stock unless there is a newer model eye-to-clevis showa that crosses over for a '77
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robbie202 wrote: Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:52 pm i am planning on buying the progressives when they are back in stock unless there is a newer model eye-to-clevis showa that crosses over for a '77
Hagon Shocks has a set that will fit. Hyperpro may also have a set. I would stay away from the "cheapo" shocks - usually made in China. Lots of reports on the clevis mount breaking so stick with a name brand.
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On my second set of hagons. First set was a bit of a disappointment. only got 120,000 miles out of them lolol lolol lolol lolol lolol
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