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    You want a spring pre-load adjustment, not damping adjustment.
    Just about anything that fits will work, just get something off a heavier bike.
    I used a pair of Kawasaki KZ750 shocks for years on my XS
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    I would go back to the CB700SC shocks and space the left one away from the swingarm and frame with some 1/4 in washers. I think the extra length should help the handling of an XS650, especially if you still have the 19" front wheel on it. But if you want a more stock length, the shocks off a V45,12.5" or V65 Magna, 14", and some were adjustable damping and sprung stiff for the shaft drive.

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    ... why doesn't he want damping adjustment?
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    Extra length has always been in the cards, but this is 2.5" extra length. It's too much. I could barely touch the ground and my seat is 1" lower than stock. Right now I have the front end dropped about 1", and the plan is to get shocks about 1" longer than stock, which is what I understand a bunch of the flat track people have done.

    And I think I do want both preload and damping adjust if at all possible.

    This illustrates why spacing the CB700 shocks out isn't possible:

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    I swear I'm not short. I'm damn near the U.S. standard for average: 5'11", 32" inseam. On a bike I like to be flatfooted with some bend left in the knee for leverage.

    Ken really is a jerk. He got me thinking, and I went and tried to install the damn CB shocks yet again just to be sure. I actually made a mistake before and they can clear the chain, a fact that, once I realized it, made me reconsider selling them. It turns out the bottom mounts are offset from center, and I just had to flip em. I had to sit on my partly dismantled bike for half an hour pondering it. But they still are too long, and I'd have to work out something to get them to clear the exhaust mufflers now.

    The best answer is something not so fat in the shock body, and about 13 1/2".

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    Most of the hagons are available in slim-line, including the 2810's.
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    I really am a jerk

    If you raised the front back up where it is supposed to be, maybe the Nighthawk shocks would be good. More ground clearance is better.

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    Redwing shocks are $99 at Omar's DTR. Cheaper on eBay. These are not the cool hammerhead shocks.
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