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I was wondering if the chrome covers over the shocks can be removed and how it has been done before. Plus I would like to know what it looks like. I have a rattle in mine around 35mph, that is my motivation to remove them.
 

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The stock shocks aren't the greatest. The cans do sometimes develop cracks and vibrate. No easy way to remove short of cutting or grinding them.
 

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That's what i figured. I am curious how it looks afterwards
It will look similar to but not as nice as an aftermarket one with the exposed coiled spring.
 

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It can be done, but you really need to rig up a very secure way to compress the shock so you can remove the upper nut for the eyelet. Many years ago at one of our local tech sessions, there were a few of us that wanted our stock shock springs cut down a few inches. One of the guys was working by himself, and the contraption that was being used to compress the shock slipped and one of his fingers was got sandwiched between the exposed part of the shock cover and the upper ring I believe. He nearly lost his finger that day...it was NOT pretty. You old timers know him as cybrhick from the VTXOA board.
 

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For the amount of work to cut the factory shock, you can pick up a Progressive 412 for $299.95. I added their poly bushings (you would have to install them) since I heard the stock rubber bushings are crap. You will have new shocks that are way better than stock.

 
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Thanks for the link. Are the Burly shocks or the MB shocks from Wild Bikers worth looking at?
 

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Thanks for the link. Are the Burly shocks or the MB shocks from Wild Bikers worth looking at?
I've had MB 12.25" from the Chief @ Wild Biker for a few years now. I'm happy, with what I paid for them. If I was inclined, I'd go Progressive with the top of the line 444's or whatever they might have now.
 
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Leave the cans alone. HOnda designed the scooter very well.

I reckomember cyberhick,....Hope he's well.
 

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I have the 412's but if I'm not mistake I think these people used to do work on them: ************* and I thought Ponyz used to do the cover removal but its been a while so I don't really remember.
 
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