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Old 05-28-2009, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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better/best shocks for bagger?

I've been wondering about ways to impove the handling of my road king and want to know what works on other touring rigs. What suspension setup do you like, and is the upgrade a lot better, or just a little better?

I'm 180 lbs wet and ride 2 up about 20% of the time with the wife.

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Old 05-28-2009, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My dad bought a set of progressive coil over shocks on his 02 electra glide standard, what kind?

they ride nice there adjustable and he no longer has to mess with checking air in the shocks
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Drain and refill stock shocks with 7 or 10 weight shock oil . Measured correctly . Stay away from the H.D. shorter shocks . Many posts here with very good results . Try "search".
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Progressive suspension. I use 440's. Many others do as well. Many have had good luck with 412's. Your bike, your choice, your wallet.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Drain and refill stock shocks with 7 or 10 weight shock oil . Measured correctly . Stay away from the H.D. shorter shocks . Many posts here with very good results . Try "search".
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I just changed my shock over to 10 weight oil. It made a world of difference. I was looking at the 440 but since I changed the oil I am very happy now.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Drain and refill stock shocks with 7 or 10 weight shock oil . Measured correctly . Stay away from the H.D. shorter shocks . Many posts here with very good results . Try "search".
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I did it and it has been working well. I highly recommend doing it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been wondering about ways to impove the handling of my road king and want to know what works on other touring rigs. What suspension setup do you like, and is the upgrade a lot better, or just a little better?

I'm 180 lbs wet and ride 2 up about 20% of the time with the wife.

Thanks!
I am 185 and do about the same 2 up 20% of the time wife is ~145. I have an 04 EG and have had 440 standards for most of the life of the bike which is 66,000 miles, I switch back and forth between the stock air shocks and 440's just for kicks and after riding with the air shocks I always love going back to the 440's. it is like getting a new bike. funny thing is when I switch I do not tell my wife and she usually comments something like "boy the bike sure ran good today"
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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after riding with the air shocks I always love going back to the 440's. it is like getting a new bike. funny thing is when I switch I do not tell my wife and she usually comments something like "boy the bike sure ran good today"
That's a great way to describe switching to 440s. And it's a lot more than "a little better".

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Is there a thread on how to switch out the oil. If it is in the service manual I can look it up when I return home. Thanks!
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Y'all, thanks for the feedback

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I just changed my shock over to 10 weight oil. It made a world of difference. I was looking at the 440 but since I changed the oil I am very happy now.
Tim, you refering to the rear shocks, front, or both? (me thinks the 440s are rear, no?)
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Found a great thread on 412 vs 440:
http://www.v-twinforum.com/forums/wh...-vs-440-a.html
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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If you want the best! go with Ohlins end of story...they are very expensive and you will feel every dime you spend, I just had some installed, wow its like riding on a rail, now I have to work on the front to match the rear...
At the end of the day, the best shock is the one that works for you.
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Another vote for Progressive 440 shocks. They are almost infinitely adjustable for the load you are carrying. With the 440 shocks and a recently installed TWR brace, my 2003 Ultra rides like a new, much more stable bike.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:17 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Is there a thread on how to switch out the oil. If it is in the service manual I can look it up when I return home. Thanks!
here's the articule I wrote sometime back

http://www.v-twinforum.com/forums/to...ks-better.html

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