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Old 12-17-2004, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What Are The Best Wide Glide Shocks?

I weigh 250# and I bottom out the stock shocks pretty easy. Need a better shock that will handle weight better.
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Old 12-17-2004, 07:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My Vote is for Progressives . I weigh about 210 with out gear . I've ridden the 418's even 2' shorter and no bottoming and smoot as silk. On my FXDWG3 I have the low profile HD shocks ( 1" shorter) which are made by FOX , no bottoming , but the progressives ride smoother . Watch E-bay you can usually pick up a good deal there.
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Old 12-17-2004, 10:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have heard nothing but good things about Progressive, and in particular the 440 IAS's... thats what I plan on putting on my WG
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Old 12-17-2004, 05:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Another vote for the 440's. I've got them on my Road King and they're great. I have the HD "Profile Low" shocks (Made by FOX) on my Wide Glide though and they also work very well. I'm 200# so were close. No complaints with either one. They look similar as well.....

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Old 12-17-2004, 10:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm 220#, and don't bottom, even with my wife on the back. So, let me ask you a dumb question, have you tried adjusting the preload adjustment on your rear shocks to position 4 or 5 vs 1 which is the way they come from the factory?

I second and third the suggestions for the Progressives is you want to replace the stock shocks. The 440s give a better ride, though I don't think there's much difference than stock in their ability to prevent bottoming as that is a function of the spring, not the shock.
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Old 12-17-2004, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How do you adjust the fuggin things? I looked at them and couldnt see how they adjust. I have Progressives on my old fxr.


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I'm 220#, and don't bottom, even with my wife on the back. So, let me ask you a dumb question, have you tried adjusting the preload adjustment on your rear shocks to position 4 or 5 vs 1 which is the way they come from the factory?

I second and third the suggestions for the Progressives is you want to replace the stock shocks. The 440s give a better ride, though I don't think there's much difference than stock in their ability to prevent bottoming as that is a function of the spring, not the shock.
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You need a spanner wrench available at the local stealer. You turn the shock clockwise to increase the preload which makes them stiffer. Start at full soft and work your way up one step at a time.

I'm 250# and mine are in the second (one stiffer than full soft) position and I have no issues. When I take the OL, about 120# I put them in the stiffest position and again no problems.

If I were going to change I would go with the Progressive 440, they are the best.
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Progressive!
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Old 12-18-2004, 10:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I will try this. Thanks



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You need a spanner wrench available at the local stealer. You turn the shock clockwise to increase the preload which makes them stiffer. Start at full soft and work your way up one step at a time.

I'm 250# and mine are in the second (one stiffer than full soft) position and I have no issues. When I take the OL, about 120# I put them in the stiffest position and again no problems.

If I were going to change I would go with the Progressive 440, they are the best.
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