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Old 05-14-2013, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Progressive 430's ordered, and a question about Monotubes

Hey Regulars...............

I did a search and spent a while combing through the old posts but am still not satisfied with the info and knowledge I got...

My post has two questions I guess. First, are there any "v-twin'ers" that have recently replaced the stock air shock JUNK to the Progressive 430's on the rear of and FLHTCU/I or any FLH??

If so............. What is your impression of ride improvement?

Also, I recently installed the Progressive Monotubes in the front of my 2004 Ultra Classic. I have noticed a MAJOR difference in ride quality as far as the front is concerned. It is a little "stiff" though and I see in the installation instructions that a person can take the little 1/4" C-Clip things off of the tube and both lower the ride and make it softer..............

My question is: Has anyone removed ALL of the removable c-clips and if so, how much lower is the stance? Did you notice any bad ride characteristics? Did it truly make the ride more comfy? (softer) and so on..

Any response is appreciated.......


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Old 05-15-2013, 09:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just put the 444hd on my 13 ultra.. i love them best money invested thus far. I did the hd spring swap from progressive amd love that to. Its a little stiffer due to the progressive rate but overall ride quality is better
Dont know anything about the monotube. I didnt go that route, sorry.

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I used the monotubes and lowered mine 1.5" it rides killer and is nice and tight/firm. I will install this on my next bike as well. I very much like the ride quality.
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My 04 ultra has been lowered 1" with the progressive mono shock for 2 years with no problems observed. Paired it with progressive's touring shocks. I personally don't notice any difference except for the bike being lower. That may be a good thing?
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I installed the monotubes per the instructions with progressive rears. A huge improvement in handling and ride comfort, especially over potholes, RR tracks, manhole covers etc. I started with the rear spring presets full soft and have gradually gone to the third notch for all around town two up. When I go fully loaded on a long haul two up I will adjust the preload to the next higher setting and adjust if necessary, up again. The monotube got rid of dive and squat under hard braking, made steering way more responsive, and the rears smoothed out the road. Got rid of those air lines and fittings. Anyone want to buy the stock rear air shocks and the front forks complete? I put 70000 miles on them before the changeout.
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