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    Default Leading Link Front End

    I have seen several really good diagrams to build a leading link front end. Several I have seen use shocks from smaller bikes or smaller car shocks. While doing some research I saw that for around the same price or maybe a tad more, I could use some adjustable dirt bike shocks.

    This would allow for some adjustment for the ride. My question is, would an adjustable set of shocks be worth the extra $40 or $50?

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    wish i was smart enough lead you in the right direction. I used a pair of Harley rear air ride shocks. They are ok i guess but plan to go to coil over adjustable spring shocks this winter .. There are some very smart guys here and im sure they will chime in and help you out .. In any case I cant wait to see your build

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    Quote Originally Posted by butchvoss View Post
    plan to go to coil over adjustable spring shocks this winter
    I have been told VW coil over shocks are a good choice if you have a heavy front end (like mine with the engine up front)

    I have not tried them yet. I hope to build a leading link front end by this winter or next summer
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    Default Leading Link

    I am using a Corvair drivetrain so the engine will be in the rear. I do plan to make the front end heavy though. I have seen some folks section the front of their frame and fill it with lead slag to counteract the wheelie effect.

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    Big Paul.......... I just used 750 honda rear shocks...they are supporting about 370# up front. they have 3or 4 steps of adjustment...my thought was maybe if they were too heavy sprung I could go to maybe smaller honda shocks. If you slug your front frame as you were saying, you can adjust it that way also.....sounds good!

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    Thanks Larry, Just wanted to have the smoothest ride possible, my old bones can't take that hardtail ride like I used too, need comfort now not speed...lol

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    by having several hole for the bottom shock mnt an for the link mnt you can change the trail and have adjustment for the shocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by stacebg View Post
    by having several hole for the bottom shock mnt an for the link mnt you can change the trail and have adjustment for the shocks
    What do you call that style of forks?

    Instead of going straight they bend down.

    How do they compare with a set of straight leading link forks?

    What does the bend in the legs do?

    Is it for better wheel travel???
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    Called an Earls Fork. Used on BMWs 1955 - 1968. Very strong for lateral forces (Trike, Sidecar, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwbug72501 View Post
    Called an Earls Fork. Used on BMWs 1955 - 1968. Very strong for lateral forces (Trike, Sidecar, etc.)
    Thanks,

    That is good to know.

    I have tried looking them up but never knew the name

    I will have to do some research on them
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