1978 Yamaha XS650 Shocks

I bought this bike a couple of years ago. It was a basket case and I am slowly rebuilding it. Today is new shocks. I chose Progressive shocks mostly due to cost. I don’t ride this bike every day and I certainly don’t race it, so these will last a long time.

These look okay but they are actually just springs with a shock body along for the ride. Bounce, bounce, bounce!

These look okay but they are actually just springs with a shock body along for the ride. Bounce, bounce, bounce!

The original shocks are 13″ long eye-to-eye and these are 13.5″ to raise the back a bit and quicken the steering. Other than having to remove the exhaust cans to get to the lower shock bolts, it was a straightforward remove and replace.

These will be thrown away. I wouldn't inflict them on anyone.

These will be thrown away. I wouldn’t inflict them on anyone.

Shiny and new. Yes, I got two of them.

Shiny and new. Yes, I got two of them.

Extra bits to make them fit.

Extra bits to make them fit.

I used a jack to raise the swingarm and get the shock into position. Couldn't be easier.

I used a jack to raise the swingarm and get the shock into position. Couldn’t be easier.

Both sides installed.

Both sides installed.

The exhaust back in place

The exhaust back in place

No more annual fees for me!

No more annual fees for me!