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1955 ES2 Shock absorbers

Posted by darren_hutchinson at July 05. 2017

Hi

I have a 1955 ES2 but cant find any where what size rear Shock Absorbers I need?

Many Thanks

Darren

Re: 1955 ES2 Shock absorbers

Posted by Neil Wyatt at July 06. 2017

Darren,

NJB shocks will make to your requirements, at a realistic price too.

The only place I could get the 12.75 inches between centres required for my pre F/bed (57) Model 50.

Re: 1955 ES2 Shock absorbers

Posted by Dan Field at July 06. 2017

Falcon shocks in Dorset are good, and I expect Hagen will also help if you give them a ring, any shock can be altered to size when it's built.

 

Dan

Re: 1955 ES2 Shock absorbers

Posted by Neil Wyatt at July 06. 2017

Dan,

I tried Hagon and they did wideLine  and slimline 12.9 and 11.9".

They suggested that 12.9 was nearest to what I wanted. Not good enough.  That's why I got mine from NJB because they were the correct length and cost less into the bargain.

Re: 1955 ES2 Shock absorbers

Posted by Dan Field at July 06. 2017

Fair enough! ....... although I expect 0.15 of an inch wouldn't have made much difference, no one measures sag that accurately! I think I'd be more concerned about damping and ease of preload adjustment but NJB have a pretty good reputation and if they are cheaper that's got to be the way to go!

Dan

Re: 1955 ES2 Shock absorbers

Posted by Ian MacDougall at July 07. 2017

My 19S has been fitted with Hagons for some years, didn't question the length until seeing this post. Original Armstrongs 12.75", Hagons at least 12.9". The centre stand still lifts the 3.25x19 Roadrider off the ground (although the previous larger section tyre would have touched) and the chain is clear of the swing arm pivot bracing bolts, but not by much. As long as those 2 criteria are met I don't think the additional length of the Hagons is significant, but if NJB or others can supply the correct spec then go for them. The Hagons have worked well for me and have certainly outlasted the Girlings that I had on the bike for a while.

Does anyone know if the original Armstrong units can be refurbished?

Cheers, Ian McD

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