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2005 sportster custom with 13.5" shocks leans over too far on side stand

After installing 13.5" shocks the bike leans over too far on the side stand. How can I attach something to the underside of the contact point to lessen lean angle

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YOU CAN GET A LONGER KICKSTAND FROM EBAY OR DEALER, OR IF YOU ARE HANDY YOU CAN CUT IT AND WELD A PIECE IN THE MIDDLE TO MAKE IT LONGER

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