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sporster shock length

I have looked everywhere and can't find stock length. I want to put on progressive 412 but need the stock length.
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which sportster?
My wife's had 13 inch shocks, but they were too tall so I got a set of 12 inch from a friend that he took off of his sportster. Burly makes some slammer shocks that are only 10.5 inches

Go to your bike, take a tape measure with you and measure your shocks.
center of mounting bolt to center of mounting bolt, it really isnt that hard to do



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Are different Model Sportsters with different length shocks .. The Longer the shock the more travel for comfort although progressive recommends not going over 1 inch away from stock length which can be measured as stated above ..

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Well it's a xl1200c. the shocks measure 11 1/2 but who's to say they're stock shocks? It a 2005 so they could be replacements. Anyway I just ordered Progressive 412 shocks 12" long.
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that aught to do ya



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Well it's a xl1200c. the shocks measure 11 1/2 but who's to say they're stock shocks? It a 2005 so they could be replacements. Anyway I just ordered Progressive 412 shocks 12" long.
R's got 13.5"
I thought C's had 12.5"
Low models have 11.5"
just call a dealer and ask.
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R's got 13.5"
I thought C's had 12.5"
Low models have 11.5"
just call a dealer and ask.
Correct. Lows also had shorter front fork springs.

Now the XLS-models...........



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I ordered the 12" and after noticed that the stock length was 11 1/2" The shocks range from 11" to 13 1/2"
How much would 1/2" longer affect the ride? Should I send them back and get 11 1/2? They have already shipped but haven't received them yet.
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11.5" will give the bike a tad lower stance. You'll probably like it more then the 12". The shock will have about 3/8" less travel. Make sure the tire clears the hardware and wiring as it will sit deeper into the fender.




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