I bought them because it said they would fit a 900SS but I think they will only fit a '99 or newer SS. (mine's a '96 - totally different bike). You should be OK since there's only one model of 696. I can see that they would fit my S2r1000 just fine.
Hi Guzziguy- I'm new here, too, but I've seen more of what sofadriver had that are listed for sale on eBay. They're from Hong Kong. I thought about them also, but my Monster is a 1996 and sofadriver said they didn't fit his 1996 SS. I think we share frames, so don't know if they'd work on my Monster...
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