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Anyone use a heavy duty seat springs like valve springs for solo hardtail?
I'm not feeling what's out there and I was thinking of keeping the seat as low as possible. What did you use and what are they like for compression?
Do they bottom out?
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Used Chevy valve springs under the seat on the last hard tail chopper I worked on. They will bottom out on a hard bump (like just about anything will) but for the most part they seem to work fine.
 

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Ive used the little 3" beehive springs before. They seemed to do the job but on a severe bump, they would bottom out, and then "unwind" really hard firing me up off the seat. The little shock I run now is a whole lot better.
 

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Yeah I would have went that way maybe before, I'd have to rework my whole lower seat area. I was going to have a well padded seat hard mounted.
Now I'm thinking a cast seat.

Used Chevy valve springs under the seat on the last hard tail chopper I worked on. They will bottom out on a hard bump (like just about anything will) but for the most part they seem to work fine.
What's the approximate length and i.d on those do you remember?

Ive used the little 3" beehive springs before. They seemed to do the job but on a severe bump, they would bottom out, and then "unwind" really hard firing me up off the seat. The little shock I run now is a whole lot better.
Yeah beehive seem to fat.
I Love it Johnny you do good shit.
 

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My shovel has 1 fox mtb airshock under the seat,when you find the right pressure for your weight its all good and doesn't btm out I just find springs with no damping just don't work for me.
That's a good idea, I never thought about an adjustable air shock. Hmm. Do you have pictures? I'd love to see how you mounted it, and how big it is. My problem is I'm pretty picky on how much new-fangled looking stuff goes onto my ironhead.
 

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I had chopper shox before. The spring rating system is wayyy the fuck off according to the guy that sells them and i guess made up his own spring rating system based on his liking of rigid seats :confused:. Springs for A 165 LB rider hardly move at all. I wanted to but never tried the lightest gauge springs the same guy ( owner) said they would bottom out. The mid grade rated for 165 to 185 lbs or some crap like that according to him, barely moved and i weigh 210. Should have gotten the light ga.

As far as bottoming out goes why is it so bad? Hard springs are like always bottoming out. A soft descent from light springs coming down and then the cushion on your seat takes away the impact. Even a huge thick padded seat on a softtail bottoms out to a degree.
 

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I'm not worried about bottoming out. I'm worried about getting catapulted off of the bike. A few years ago I hit a railroad track a little faster than I should have, and i swear my balls were hanging free six inches above my front headlight before i came back down on the tank. I bolted my seat to the frame for a while, and eventually I changed those springs out for something a little lighter guage.

The airshock thing has me wondering, though. It won't recoil as quickly as springs. I mostly wonder if you can hide it enough to keep it from being an eyesore.
 

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I mostly wonder if you can hide it enough to keep it from being an eyesore.
Yeah I can see it being incorporated into an overall design but it's got to fit the ride style and it's not an easy lump of mechanics to hide so then you'd have to make it into a featured part.
I too wouldn't mind seeing pics from anyone that feels they have pulled the look off. I'm still leaning towards springs.
 

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Yeah I can see it being incorporated into an overall design but it's got to fit the ride style
I know it wouldn't fit well on the ironhead I'm doing now. I do have a more modern-inspired build on the drawing board for the future, though. I will keep the air-shock seat in mind for that.

Grub: as far as springs, I'm pretty curious about the chevy valve springs. I might actually give that a shot.
 

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I made a custom set of springs to install in the rear verticle tubes(where the original spring seat for a sportster are) used custom cut washers to make a bottom in the casting, against the tubes, and found a set of springs at a local hardware store(looks similar to original pogo seat stock) and custom built a seat mount, with a pivot on the front, attached to the original seat mount bosses. Sits well, rides well, and does not bottom out, but I still have the shocks on the swingarm, so that helps. No rebound, like behives or hairpins. Looks like the original stuff, but the springs are not but about 1.5 inches long, hidden and pretty easy to fab. If you look at the early sportster service manual, or parts book, you can see what you need to fab, even though it is not stock, it looks that way, and no springs visable. Photos available if anyone wants to see it, installed.
 

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Sprung solo on my rigid would bottom out quite often, mostly due to the gonzo rider; springs would hold up ok but the hinge would crack and very quickly break. A couple times of doing that and a frame mount seat got installed.

Always thought there was a lot of potential in this design:

 

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Here is how I mounted my shock.



I strive to get that "Kool" look just like everyone else, but for something I ride the snot out of everyday......its just got to function first and foremost. My frame is 6" up 2" out so I didnt want to be sliding backwards all the time. This seat sits dead level now and no sliding back.

To me it doesnt look out of proportion

 
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