You have a good start. At least the bike has good lines. I hear ya on the parts, but making stuff work is half the fun, right?! Crazy how I was able to find more parts for my '82 honda then this. If you want to lower the rear, try honda rebel shocks. they're around 10 1/2 inches or shorty shocks. I got some for the honda a dimecitycycles, but I'm shure you could goggle it. Good luck with it.