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Old 05-01-2011, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Shocks for my FXR

What are the best shocks I can get for a 93 FXR that will keep the responsiveness of the bike but pamper my kidneys from the NYC potholes I ride through everyday.
I like a stiff ride but the jarring is killing me AND my bike.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use progressives, I think they're 418's. Others on the board run Werks and Ohlins with great success, greater price tag though...
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also put Progressive shocks on my Low Rider and they are so much better than the stock shocks. If you ride solo a lot get the standard duty springs.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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One more vote for Progressives. They made a HUGE difference for me. Also Progressives in the forks and use heavy duty if you are at all a big guy. Also unless you really need to lower your bike I advise against shorter than stock shocks. More shock travel is better. Stock forks=12.5" shocks. 2" over forks= 13.5" shocks.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Another vote for Progressive's...
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You could try air shocks. Lower pressure for your kidneys, higher when appropriate.

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm one of the few people that like the stock shocks, which are 13.5" for my bike, but I've run 12.5" Sportster shocks and was happy. Here's some other shocks I've had:

Progressive 412 - Harsh, kidney killers.

Progressive 418 - Nice, but started going south after 20K miles
and they aren't rebuildable.

Works Performance - Harsh, even after being sent back 2 times (Street Trackers) for tweaking, they just couldn't be dialed in.
Expensive and only adjustable for pre-load.

By the way I'm 180lbs. so if your heavier you may get different results. Ohlins have always been considered the best, Progressive has some new models that look pretty good, and Ikon (formally Koni) look interesting, but I don't know anything about them.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The Works Performance shocks on my '91 are not harsh when properly preloaded.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a set of Works Performance shocks on my FXR4. The stock (for an FXR4) length of 12" limits travel some. I wish I had gone for 13". You can't have too much travel. Works shocks are rebuildable and their service is good. One of their main service guys is a fellow FXR fan.

One of my friends runs Progressive 412's on his tricked out FXR. He has a custom shop in San Jose and says the only difference between the various models of the oil dampened Progressives is style (chrome and covers ...etc.). The innards are the same.

As far as harshness goes you have to be careful how you order them. When you buy a set from Works you will talk to a person, preferably their FXR dude. He will ask you what percentage of riding you do solo or two up and with this info he will recommend a certain spring/dampening setup. The problem with this is that it will always be a compromise number. If you almost always ride solo I'd get the lighter springs and just keep the fat chicks off the back of the bike. You'll get a more plush ride when solo and with the bad roads around the country these days that is important. Same goes if you get Progressives. Don't get the Heavy Duty shocks unless you're planning on carrying a a lot of weight most of the time.

From comparing my Works Performance shocks with my bud's Progressives I'd say they perform about the same. The Works are, again, rebuildable. Sometimes you can find good deals on Ebay for Progressives for half the price of a set of either Works or Progressives. The hard part of ordering off Ebay is getting the right spring weight and length to suit your needs.

One other thing... longer shocks give you more clearance in the corners by lifting the rear of the bike. Unless you are wanting a "low rider" look I'd go for 13" shocks.

My two cents worth.

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Old 05-03-2011, 02:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a set of Works Performance shocks on my FXR4. The stock (for an FXR4) length of 12" limits travel some. I wish I had gone for 13". You can't have too much travel. Works shocks are rebuildable and their service is good. One of their main service guys is a fellow FXR fan.

One of my friends runs Progressive 412's on his tricked out FXR. He has a custom shop in San Jose and says the only difference between the various models of the oil dampened Progressives is style (chrome and covers ...etc.). The innards are the same.

As far as harshness goes you have to be careful how you order them. When you buy a set from Works you will talk to a person, preferably their FXR dude. He will ask you what percentage of riding you do solo or two up and with this info he will recommend a certain spring/dampening setup. The problem with this is that it will always be a compromise number. If you almost always ride solo I'd get the lighter springs and just keep the fat chicks off the back of the bike. You'll get a more plush ride when solo and with the bad roads around the country these days that is important. Same goes if you get Progressives. Don't get the Heavy Duty shocks unless you're planning on carrying a a lot of weight most of the time.

From comparing my Works Performance shocks with my bud's Progressives I'd say they perform about the same. The Works are, again, rebuildable. Sometimes you can find good deals on Ebay for Progressives for half the price of a set of either Works or Progressives. The hard part of ordering off Ebay is getting the right spring weight and length to suit your needs.

One other thing... longer shocks give you more clearance in the corners by lifting the rear of the bike. Unless you are wanting a "low rider" look I'd go for 13" shocks.

My two cents worth.
Good post Unca Mike .. Still on the Fence about Shocks but the Stock Shocks on my FXR4 sucked when riding the Twisties up in Carolina which just got back from .. My Right side Muffler Clamp is shot and my Left side foot peg is Half Gone ... Could have went faster through the Dragon on my Ultra was scraping so bad ..
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I had posted that I wanted to sell a pair of shocks but just found out that it was against the rules to post it here. My apologies. Not sure how to delete this

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Old 05-03-2011, 04:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I had posted that I wanted to sell a pair of shocks but just found out that it was against the rules to post it here. My apologies. Not sure how to delete this
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I put some 12" Progressive 412 on my FXR and didn't like them.
Bottomed out and never could get the ride quality I was expecting.

I found a pair of Ohlins 13" shocks for a bagger that a guy didn't like
and am using them on the FXR. Not bad - not great but as stated more travel is better.

From my experience the minimum shock I would put on any FXR is a 13" or 13.5" shock.

Good kuck and post what you end doing.
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Good post Unca Mike .. Still on the Fence about Shocks but the Stock Shocks on my FXR4 sucked when riding the Twisties up in Carolina which just got back from .. My Right side Muffler Clamp is shot and my Left side foot peg is Half Gone ... Could have went faster through the Dragon on my Ultra was scraping so bad ..
Yeah Jay, the stock length FXR4 shocks keep the bike way too low if you like to attack the twisties. My friend with the tricked out FXR has his bike a lot higher than my bike and has no problems what so ever in the turns. He terrorizes Ducatis at times. He has a Chopper Guys FXR frame with a Supertrapp "high" 2into1 exhaust. High here doesn't mean way up high just more tucked in and a slight upsweep to the muffler. Everything else is just all tucked in tight, including a custom kickstand. 18" rear Sun alloy wheel and a 19"er on the front. I'll try to attach a pic of his bike.
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