Re: Front Fork Replacement
I had exactly the same problem when I went to add a suspension fork to the old (orange) cruiser bike that I shipped to Arizona. The diameter was the same but was about 1/2 inch short of working. Luckily the way the fork was made I was able to chuck it up in the lathe, turn it back that 1/2" and it worked perfect. You will have to watch for a fork that the neck is the right lenght and diameter as there are many different sizes.
In answer to your question, yes the two bikes I have with the front suspension forks take the bumps alot better.