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    Default 1983 GS1100E stock shock length?

    The '83 GS1100E that I rescued from being a drag bike has what seems to me to be extra-long rear shocks. Makes it sit too high in the rear for me.

    These shocks are 14" from the center of the eye-to-center of the bolt hole????

    Anyone know what size the stock shocks were on these when they left the factory?

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    Ron
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    Should be 13” from memory.
    I run 13.5” on mine. (It’s a 1000 but should be the same as the swing arms interchange) Like it a lot. Have to put a block under the side stand is all.

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    which rear shocks did you install??
    1979 gs1000e (everyday) 1977 gs750 for sale
    1983 yam xj550 maxim streetbob sold
    1995 gsx750F everyday fighterjet 1990 gsx1100F for sale
    2000kaw zx600
    2003 BMW K1200GT sport tour
    2000Buel Cyclone M2 motorwork
    1984 Yam venture xvz1200 -long ride/cold ride ride gf ride..
    1978 Honda cb750F3 supersport top end (still)
    1976 Harley FL 3/8" S&S stroker - motor out way too long
    1980 Harley fxs80 - wacked good on this one

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    which rear shocks did you install?
    Quote Originally Posted by salty_monk View Post
    Should be 13 from memory.
    I run 13.5 on mine. (Its a 1000 but should be the same as the swing arms interchange) Like it a lot. Have to put a block under the side stand is all.
    1979 gs1000e (everyday) 1977 gs750 for sale
    1983 yam xj550 maxim streetbob sold
    1995 gsx750F everyday fighterjet 1990 gsx1100F for sale
    2000kaw zx600
    2003 BMW K1200GT sport tour
    2000Buel Cyclone M2 motorwork
    1984 Yam venture xvz1200 -long ride/cold ride ride gf ride..
    1978 Honda cb750F3 supersport top end (still)
    1976 Harley FL 3/8" S&S stroker - motor out way too long
    1980 Harley fxs80 - wacked good on this one

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    Still looking for a set of stock shocks.
    Ron
    When I die, just cremate me and put me in my GS tank. That way I can go through these carbs, one more time!

    1978 GS750EC - Nov. 2017 BOTM - Sold
    1978 GS1000C - May 2021 BOTM
    1983 GS1100E
    1978 GS1000E - Sold
    1981 GS1100E - very slow work in progress!
    1985 GS550E - might never get to it!

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