Air Adjustable Shock?

by Gerald

Just purchased your softail plans. I am considering an air adjustable shock. Do you know of anyone who has used one? If so, I thought it may help narrow-down the search for the most appropriate unit, as I'm sure that no Auto-Parts supplier would be willing to help select one, (for liability reasons, more than anything).

Thanks for the plans, and thanks for any help you may be able to provide in regards to my suspension choice.


P.S. The plan is to power my ride with a 3.1L Chev. V6, complete with Auto Trans. from a front-wheel-drive car. The differential will be welded or pinned, with a custom-built right angle drive at the rear wheel. Front suspension will be a springer, also air-ride.

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Aug 14, 2014
Air Adjustable Shock Question

Wow! That is a really interesting question. Thanks for purchasing the plans from us. I don't know of anyone who has used an air shock yet. I'd love to get some feedback from you on how
everything went once you finish your bike. I looked at a few shocks and saw that most of them accommodate a load of 1100+ lbs.

I'd go with either a Gabriel or a Monroel. Either of these with a 1100+ rating should be sufficient for the loads that the bike will
see under normal usage.

I saw that you mentioned you are using a 3.1L Chevy V6. I am not able to visualize this. I don't know the dimensions of the V6 engine so I am not sure if it will fit or not. This is a pretty large engine for a motorcycle from an actual front wheel drive car.

I don't know how you are going to fit it into a bike frame. Also keep in mind that the frame is rated for a load of 1000 lbs. I'd love to see the final product once you are finished. If you can
pull this off then it is going to be one amazing ride.


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