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Spring question #47311
05/17/06 1:02 am
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Anyone know if lighter rate springs might be available for the stock girlings on my 71 bonne? It's been customized somewhat, and now wieghs about 325 lbs. Combined with a rider at a hefty 160 lbs, my fillings seem to be loosening just a bit. Or perhaps anyone have experience with some make of aftermarket shocks? I've got 2 years before I can say goodbye to Michigan's lovely freeze-thaw cycles and start enjoying some nice southern roads!

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Re: Spring question #47312
05/17/06 2:48 am
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I have a pair of NOS Girling springs...90lb. rate (yellow/yellow). This is pretty light, I would assume lighter than your stock springs. However I don't know if the lengths are the same...these are 8.5" uncompressed. Also, they are black, not chromed. They would be too light for me (I am, umm, slightly over 160lbs.), so I'd gladly part with them for $20 plus shipping if they'll work for you. If interested, email me at bleif@earthlink.net.

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Re: Spring question #47313
05/17/06 2:55 am
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They may be easier to find in an aftermarket shock like Hagon or Koni. You may want to replace the shocks anyway if those are the originals. I had a '72 Beemer that rode like a tank because, as it turned out, the dampers were shot. It's not intuitive to me why ineffective dampers would give a hard ride, but a new pair of shocks fixed it up.


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Re: Spring question #47314
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Hey I was just over on the BSA Board, and there's more discussion on this, under "Am I too fat for my Lightning?". Someone there said you can get Hagons with differently rated springs. Hagon makes Girling replicas, so you can also keep it original-looking.


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Re: Spring question #47315
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NJB's are availible in a variety of vintage styles and spring rates.
http://www.speedandsport.com/shocks.html


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