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    81 cb400 Hawk shocks

    I noticed the rear shock absorbers were bad today when i was cleaning the bike. the shock compresses easily, with almost no force at all, but then it takes a lot of force to pull it back out again. they obviously need to be replaced. you can tell they are bad when you go around corners and the rear wheel feels like it dosent have a firm contact with the road.

    i figured id ask you guys first before i do some hunting around. What is a good aftermarket shock to use on the 81 CB400t Hawk?

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    Re: 81 cb400 Hawk shocks

    I am interested in this topic because I have this same problem, and I have been having trouble finding some new rear shock absorbers for my 1980 Hawk (except in the U.K., but they turn up being quite expensive considering I am in Mexico). The fact is, they have this "U-shaped" attachment on both ends, that seems to be so uncommon...
    When I have inquired in dealerships, the usual answer is that they are out of stock...

    So, hasn't anyone faced this issue yet?

    Cheers.
    1980 Black Honda Hawk (w/"halloween stripes")

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    Re: 81 cb400 Hawk shocks

    i have found a couple of places that have them. the only problem, at least for me, is that the spring rate is too stiff. I only weigh 140 lbs, so i need a lighter spring. otherwise they are fine.

    http://crc2onlinecatalog.com/rear_shocks.htm

    https://www.partsnmore.com/cat_index.ph ... ry=chassis

    http://www.loudfastugly.com/
    this guy can get you specialized springs for your setup, but it takes him a while to get the stuff. he told me a month or so.

    I have yet to buy shocks yet because im still looking for a way to get the right springs, i may just deal with stiff shocks if I dont find a way to get custom ones.

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    Re: 81 cb400 Hawk shocks

    The shocks should compress easily. They resist on rebound only. I think...

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    Re: 81 cb400 Hawk shocks

    +1 on 72Nova Guy

    Thats how shocks works!
    Honda CB400T-1978

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    Re: 81 cb400 Hawk shocks

    Progressive is where I ended up going. Quite happy with them also. No more skip/chatter thru turns
    Jim O'Brien
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