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Old 03-28-2008, 01:50 AM
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Here is the deal........ With even a 3 inch beehive spring you have 2 inches of travel and almost half of that is taken up by the "pre-oad" of your sitting on the seat. With the dampened coils (they stand taller but have less travel) actual travel is under an inch and half and again half gets eaten up by preload. This doesn't leave a lot of room for cushioning potholes so I thought that I could make a system that would:
1. Allow the seat to be positioned lower
2. Have a built in mechanical disadvantage to add more cushion to the seat
3. Be adjustable for different rider weights or preferences
4. Be able to be installed (and removed) by anyone with a drill - no welding

After I got into it a couple of iterations the friendly folks at Club Chopper pointed out that I still needed to get my clearances wider, offer a wider range of mechanical advantage and tone down the design a bit. This stuff is easy to do but eats up time so i put it on the back burner until things slow down again in Sept of 08.
If anyone is interested in the plate metal I can get that to em but this is not yet the 30 minute DIY job that I want this to be before I really start pushing these.
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