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I bought shocks for 69 flh from J&P .. Im a cheap bastard. They will not fit on existing studs . They are 1/2 inch inside the metal bushing. The studs on my bike seem to be 5/8. If i remove the bushings they will fit but I would think they need to stay . Anyone run into this, maybe know where to get the right size studs ? Are all shocks now a standard 1/2 inch holes? :confused::confused::confused:
 

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I just pulled the metal bushing from mine... Been running that way for 2 yrs. I put some white lithium grease on the stud

Also, I think there is a kit with smaller studs out there
 

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What kind of shocks are they, chinese special? If so, then you need to find some oem ones or good quality replacements.
 

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What's the wall thickness of the bushing? Can you maybe use a thinner wall bushing?
 

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@HD48FL- No not Chinese but Taiwanese ..lol @Nottso- any thinner bushing and they just need to be removed. Ill probably just try and remove the bushings like LivingCanvas has said he did and run 'em ...
 

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is that maybe not a bushing, but instead an adapter for bikes w/ smaller studs?

Id say pull it out and run them

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I would run em. There is no difference between the sleeve fitting on the stud, and the rubber, sitting on the stud. Either way, it is metal, against rubber. I can't count the shocks that have no bushing I have removed over the years. Although I prefer to buy American, sometimes, it is not available or the price is through the roof.
 

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What kind of shocks are they, chinese special? If so, then you need to find some oem ones or good quality replacements.
I put progressive shocks on my bike with a round swingarm and ran into the same issue, and used the same solution. I guess I need to find a good quality replacement for them too.
 
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