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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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944 Progressive Shock review

So I recently installed a set of 944's (lighter spring) on my 2012 RGC CVO. The install was very easy and straight forward. I set the sag as recommended by Progressive and went for a ride.

This is what I discovered, the ride was plush over rolling dips and bumps. But when it came to drop offs like a pothole or sewer lid they are horrible. The HD shocks I took off handle this better.

I weigh in at 180 geared up. I could not achieve a 2" sag at my weight, so they are dialed in at the lightest setting. But here is the funny thing the springs feel to stiff and I still bottomed out twice in a very short ride.

So I emailed Progressive several times and got an answer about 10 days later. We went back and forth through email for 2 days and they asked me to send some photos. The last word I got was our engineers are looking into it. So here are the phots I sent, which in all fairness I am waiting on a reply.

If they cannot offer a solution - well I think I was better of with stock and should had went elsewhere with my $$$.
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Smokey, I also have the 944s. I weigh in at about 230 so I went with the HD springs knowing that I was on the borderline and they would be stiffer. I primarily did this because I sometimes ride 2 up. Originally I could not get the recommended sag either and I contributed this to being on the borderline for the HD springs .... mine are also set on the lowest preload possible. My initial ride thoughts were that they were much stiffer than expected. However, mine handled sharp jolts exceptionally well. After a while i did not notice the stiffness and a few thousand miles later I rechecked the sag, now I am almost at the recommended sag so the springs appeared as though they have settled in a little. My story probably doesn't help you any, but I have never bottomed out with mine (I had with the original shocks) and I feel that the stability is much better. I hope you get your issues worked out with yours
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Smokey, I also have the 944s. I weigh in at about 230 so I went with the HD springs knowing that I was on the borderline and they would be stiffer. I primarily did this because I sometimes ride 2 up. Originally I could not get the recommended sag either and I contributed this to being on the borderline for the HD springs .... mine are also set on the lowest preload possible. My initial ride thoughts were that they were much stiffer than expected. However, mine handled sharp jolts exceptionally well. After a while i did not notice the stiffness and a few thousand miles later I rechecked the sag, now I am almost at the recommended sag so the springs appeared as though they have settled in a little. My story probably doesn't help you any, but I have never bottomed out with mine (I had with the original shocks) and I feel that the stability is much better. I hope you get your issues worked out with yours
I have had the same experience as Gibson. I feel these shocks give a much superior ride over the stock shocks. My bike feels much more stable on rough roads and when cornering. Progressive is a good company and will make it right if your shocks are defective.
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I have had the same experience as Gibson. I feel these shocks give a much superior ride over the stock shocks. My bike feels much more stable on rough roads and when cornering. Progressive is a good company and will make it right if your shocks are defective.
This is all reassuring. Progressive has asked me to find out where it rubbed, i have looked and see nothing.


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I dont have the newer 944 but have been running the 940 for a few years now and love them but I did have to have Progressive help me out to get them right. I ended up with lighter springs installed by progressive and do have the recommended amount of SAG, almost never bottom and use the full amount of travel. The handling and ride are much better than stock. They do break in and it takes about 500 miles to get them to start to break in

I dont know who your dealing with but if you can try to talk with Frank in Progressive Tech, he was very helpful in my case.

Also i noticed that you have a CVO, you stock hand Adjustable shocks are much better that the stock air shocks and IMO the progressives are only a little better than the 944. I always suggest to my friends from better to best
HD hand Adjustable about 400
Progressive 940-944 about 500
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I'm 195lbs and tried running with zero preload. Plush as hell but holyshit scary in the high speed sweepers, wallowing like a mofo. Tooo soft.

I systematically cranked preload to the point I am at 4 index marks and I find the handling a 100x better, but not great. I believe it's the diff between under damped stock fork and the 944s in the rear. I realize now I should have gotten the Heavy Duty versions. I like a firm ride.

Try crankin your preload to 2 marks and see if it's better. I bottomed out a bit with zero preload. Funny thing, when I first really nailed it in a straight line bangin 2nd gear I swore the front end came off the ground... After thinking about it realized it was more than likely the squat.

BTW I feel the stock air shocks are pure garbage on an FLTRX. May be ok for you Ultra guys, but the shorty shock bottoms or tops out standing still...

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Yes it is Frank from Progressive who is helping me out. He asked if I was sure it was not the belt, any idea why he might ask about the belt???

My reply was the bike just came out of service and only has 6.5K on it.

I certainly have not had the time to put so many miles on the bike. Maybe this spring, but I would like ot sort it out before the riding season is in again.


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The springs are just to carry the weight of the bike,people and gear. Compression and rebound adjustments control the ride and handling.

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The springs are just to carry the weight of the bike,people and gear. Compression and rebound adjustments control the ride and handling.
Care to provide more detail as it relates to my situation...


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