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Penske schock question

Why is the 8983 offered with 6mm +/-, 12mm+/- from OEM length? Sorry if this is a stupid question, but have not gotten a response from Penske. Stock length is not an option.
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My reading of the shock description is that you can choose three different adjustment ranges of 12mm total. Stock length to +12mm, stock length to -12mm, or with the stock length in the middle of the adjustment range with +6mm to -6mm length adjustment.

http://shop.penskeshocks.com/PENSKE-...LE-ADJUSTABLE/
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What does that do exactly? Can't affect ride height, too little adjustment. Thanks for the reply by the way.
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It would affect ride height. Go look at your bike and imagine the shock being longer or shorter. The swing arm would move up or down by a multiple of the shock length change as determined by the ratio and angle in the suspension geometry. The swing arm moves up and down as the shock length changes while riding. Thus a change in shock length affects ride height.

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I got ya. But only 6 mm? I'm confused, but thanks so much for the info. I'll research more (on what you said).....be well, G.
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It's not like car shocks or old style upright dual motorcycle shocks. The swingarm geometry is such that a small shock length change translates into a much larger change at the axle. The specs I quickly looked up shows 5.7" of rear suspension travel. Look at your rear shock.Do you think it has 5.7" of stroke?
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Better yet look at Progressive who makes a shock specifically for the V for a lot less money. Locking rings for unlimited preload adjustment and set screw for rebound. I got one and love it.
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Yes, there are probably a few other shocks available cheaper than the Penske. Penske is a very good shock, maybe more than you need. It's more than I need.

http://www.worksperformance.com/ for one.

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FWIW - I really like the way my R1 shocks have improved the rides, both on paved as well as dirt roads, at a cost of around $300 plus some work getting everything done to make it work. Lots of info on various threads.

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