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DT3 Rear Shocks

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I have spent way too much time surfing the internet and searching through old posts on this forum for affordable replacement rear shocks for my 73 DT3.  Can someone out there just give me a part number and source for them?  It's the last part I need for the restoration of a bike I bought new in 73.
22 Jun 2022 04:48 #1

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Replied by 1971DT250 on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

I have Redwing KM-S340 on my RT3 riders. They are about 1/2" longer and make the bike sit up a little higher. KM-S320 is about stock length. KM-S330 in between. Assault is another brand to look for. They pop up on eBay. Search for item # 191144730869 and # 121324594655.

These are not exact duplicates but close. Prices are much less than getting originals rechromed.

 

I also have Pirelli MT43 tires which are also a little taller. I lengthened the kick stands 1 inch.
 
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Thanks for the leads.  Maybe I'll get lucky and actually find some of them out there!!
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Replied by OldAmerican on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

Thanks 1971DT250. Found a pair of Redwings in the 330 length on ebay so will give them a try. Here's hoping they work out. My originals could have been cleaned and polished up but they must have leaked out all the fluid because there we no damping left in them and as you know, they aren't made to be refurbished.
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Replied by 1971DT250 on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

Even when new these do not have much in the way of dampening. I remember my '71 DT1E that I bought new when I was 15. It was like a pogo stick back then but we didn't know any better.

Others have posted better performing more modern shocks that they put on theirs.
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Replied by OldAmerican on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

Here's an update to my post requesting leads on shocks. So today I got the suggested redwings I found on ebay . Naturally I had to get them installed! Not so fast. Turns out the redwings are considerably bigger around than the originals. Originals are 53mm and redwings are 59. You wouldn't think it would make much difference but when installed, the spring is about 1mm away from the chain. To gain a little clearance, I put a washer on the backside of the bottom eye and adjusted the ride selector to the stiffest setting to raise the spring up to just clear the chain. Not an ideal solution. But it will get me back on the road until I spring for a better solution, if I can find one.
25 Jun 2022 15:39 #6

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Replied by 1971DT250 on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

We're always learning something new. The 360 has a 39 tooth rear sprocket. So the chain is lower than on the 250 with a 44 tooth.

That's why they fit my 360. I was planning on putting a set on one of my DT3s but I'll hold off.
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Replied by OldAmerican on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

When you find some that fit the DT3 better, let me know. Has to be something out there.
26 Jun 2022 09:12 #8

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Replied by AirborneSilva on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

I'm also looking for a set for my DT2, would love to know what you find!  Thanks...
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Replied by hackman101 on topic DT3 Rear Shocks

Did you get the KMS330's? That's what I got for my 73 MX 250, and there is room...
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