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53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Started at 08:28pm on the 11th October, 2017 by Tomshayes1
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Hi All My 53 Meteor has been fitted with exposed spring rear shocks.. I want to fit enclosed type, more in keeping with bikes original design. With that in mind I was thinking of going for the Hagon knurled adjuster Gurling replica type as supplied by Mr H... Question is Will they fit and what length 290 or 300mms Thanks Tom
Posted: 08:28pm 11th October, 2017
Tim NZ Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Do you still have the centre stand fitted?
If you fit too long a shocks the stand wont work properly...
Posted: 09:07pm 11th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Yes centre stand is there... Do you know correct shock length?..
Posted: 09:10pm 11th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Actually Tim I think bike is suffering fr!I'm long shock syndrome now that you mention it..bike is on centre stand with both wheels firmly on the ground.. Tom
Posted: 09:12pm 11th October, 2017
Mark M Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
These early Meteors were fitted with Enfield's own make of shock absorber which was very short, only 10.5" centres. I doubt you'll get anything that short today but as Tim says, too long and you'll lose the use of your centre stand!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 10:33pm 11th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Yes Mark the ones on the bike are wrong length and style..
Posted: 10:35pm 11th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
That's about 270mm.. Wonder if I could fit Connie shocks and stand..
Posted: 10:38pm 11th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
That's about 270mm.. Wonder if I could fit Connie shocks and stand..
Posted: 10:38pm 11th October, 2017
Adrian Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Some of us have found that the later pre-EFI Indian Bullet centre stand works well on the '56-on Redditch framed Bullets and twins, might that be a possibility with the pre-'56 frames too? You should be able to get a set of 11.5"/290mm shock absorbers without any problem.

A.
Posted: 12:43am 12th October, 2017
Tim NZ Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
There are two lengths of Alloy centre stand...
The Indian centre stand with the 'foot' wont work on a twin pipe Meteor, the foot will foul the Left muffer.
If you are after something for originality sakes I have pair of original 53 Meteor rear shocks lying about doing nothing. But to be frank, they are not well suited to modern riding, and really only good for originality sake?
The 'oil-seal' arrangement on them is naff, they have provision for topping-up and level checking, something that needs doing at least once a week if used daily.
Posted: 07:03am 12th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Hi Tim NZ I just want to get away from the open springs a) for ascetic reasons and b) for practicality / cleaning etc. Not too bothered about fitting original shocks per se.. Especially in light of their design faults etc as you've outlined. Allan H has told me in an e mail that the correct length should be 290mm so I am going to opt for adjustable enclosed Hagon shocks.. Apparently the later "Armstrong" type with the knurled adjusters, as fitted to the Super Meteor and Constellation etc are likely to snag on the Meteor frame. Tom
Posted: 12:53pm 12th October, 2017
Alan R Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Hi TOM,----- why don't you just fit a set of new upper and lower shrouds from our hosts ?........ (Page 151 in the 2016 / 17 book )
Posted: 04:17pm 12th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Because the .shocks are too long and the shrouds probably won't fit..
Posted: 06:56pm 12th October, 2017
Mark M Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Tom, I don't know how heavy you are but I've always found Hagons standard springing too hard and I'm 11 stone. I'd buy your shocks direct from Hagons and get them to fit springs one increment softer than their standard fitting. I've had a 53 Meteor and a 53 500 Bullet both fitted with rebuilt original shocks and they worked fine although the damping was borderline. As rebuilt by Falcon Shocks the competition people they were fine and never leaked but that's re-engineered with modern seals. And Hitchcocks are quite right, clearance is marginal between shocks and frame.

REgards, Mark
Posted: 07:02pm 12th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Hi Mark I'm 15st but I am 6'4" .. I bought the bike a while back and have just got around to sorting it...I have no idea what make the shocks are other than they are not standard... They are way too long . So much so that a previous owner has had to fit extension blocks under the main stand for it to touch the ground... Even with these the wheels are both firmly on the ground...
Posted: 07:19pm 12th October, 2017
Caboose Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Hi Tomshayes1,
If you are a member of the REOC you can advertise your shocks for a swap on the Club Website. Why not try it?
Regards Dick.
Posted: 01:09pm 13th October, 2017
Alan R Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Hi Tom------- any chance of a photo or two so we can see the "wee beastie" ??
Posted: 07:14pm 13th October, 2017
Wayne Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Just as a matter of fact guys - I have measured the shocks on a very original 1953 700 Meteor ( you know it Mark ! ) and the rear shocks are as Allan says - 290 mm
Posted: 04:41pm 16th October, 2017
Tomshayes1 Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
Hi Alan R I'd love to put some photos on but don't know how to do it on the message board lol.. This computer doesn't have a gearbox or tappets! Tom
Posted: 01:44pm 17th October, 2017
Adrian Subject: 53 Meteor Rear Shocks
There's a recent long thread about putting photos up on here if you look in the forum index, but long story short:

1. Sign up for photo hosting website e.g. www.imageupload.co.uk

2. Upload your photos to that site.

< 3. On the web site, call up the photo you want to share here.

4. Look for the image sharing/embedding codes.

5. Very important ('cos this forum is a bit awkward). IGNORE anything labelled BBCode for forum or image link.

6. ONLY select the HTML code, repeat ***HTML*** code

7. Copy and paste the code into your message, and type < b r > < b r > (WITHOUT any spaces) after it for a paragraph break.

That should do it. :o)

A.
Posted: 09:44pm 17th October, 2017

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