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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Installing progressive monotubes how to??

Ok Family,

Getting readyto install my monotubes and go with a 21 front. How involved is this process?? Do bars need to come off?? Have not even sat down to look it over yet but wanted to get some real world experience opinions.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 02:04 PM
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you have to remove the forks , I removed my front wheel and fender , brake calipers and then removed my gas tank (just to be safe) the speedo tach and housing and removed them , I left handle bars and all on


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I believe that I have it down to a science now, after having about every problem with them that a person could. I had to take my forks off and appart 3 times before I got it right. The first time was the initial install, the second time was a warranty replacement (old known seal issue, now resolved), and an out of spec part in my fork.

My suggestion would be to read the service manual (if you don't have one, you should get one) and the instructions that are included with the monotubes. Before you start, I would suggest getting a Motion Pro Fork Cap socket, otherwise you will need a 36mm socket that can handle 50-60 ft lbs.

I didn't remove the bars. All that I removed was the calipers, wheel, fender, speedo/tach, and ignition switch. I had to loosen the guage nacelle to be able to access the fork caps, but I didn't fully remove the halves (be very careful not to scratch you inner fairing to heck). Once you get the forks off, you will need a strap wrench (if you don't have the fixture that hold the forks in a vice), a long 6mm allen socket (or chop off a allen key and put into a 6mm socket), and an impact screwdriver set to remove the drain plug.

When I did my swap, I was also putting a 21 on, and changing out to chrome forks, so I had to pull seals and the bottoming cup. When my forks were put together at the factory, apparently one of the bottoming cups was not used (Friday build???), so I used the bottoming cup included in the kit. This turned out to be a very bad idea, as the bottoming cup included with the kit isn't the correct size for anything other than a 02-05.

I have a '09, so I don't have as good of set-up help for you, because I only had to lower 1". The kit has instructions on how to lower 1" or 2", to retain stock ride height you will have to use the 2" setting. I didn't think that mine had enough preload on the spring with the 3 c clip spacers (again 1" drop), so I put 4 in, and it was awesome. The monotube instructions state to put 5oz of 20 wt fork fluid. I highly suggest that you get some actual 20 wt fork fluid verses counting on the H-D oil. In addition to the extra c clip spacer, I also put 5.5 oz in.

Even though I had a ton of issues and had to pull my forks 3 times, I would do it again for the ride that I have now. I was really hating the 21 because it handled so bad before I got the forks working great. Don't let my post scare you, it is not a hard job, just time consuming. I have the process down to about 3 hours without rushing.

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Having built my bike from the frame up i find that the install takes about 2 hours, 3 with a beer. Take your time. I also took my front chrome legs to the local harley dealer and they didn't even charge me to put in new seals, except for the price of the seals. If you are just adding the Progressive mono tube kit you don't have to change the seals at all. Its very easy and i never remove anything but the wheel and fender and brakes without disconnecting the lines. OVerall pretty easy stuff. All worth it big time
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Labor Costs--Monotube Install

Sorry for thread jack, but I have a question for y'all. How many hours of labor, give or take, do you think a dealer/mechanic should charge to install monotubes and chrome lowers (at the same time)?

Reason I ask, I queried my local shop this weekend and they said 6 hours, no if, and's, or but's. Said that the entire faring had to be removed, yadda yadda yadda. Sounded a bit long to me as I was figuring more around 3.5 - 4 hours. Thoughts?

Also, I know, I know, get a service manual and do it myself! If I can find a garage (I live in an apartment) and jack (don't have one), then maybe I will. In the meantime, want to know from the experts what I should be looking at for labor time.

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to tj316, in your personnel description, i noticed that you had a true track stabilizer on your 2011 road glide. Just wondering why?? I thought Harley corrected the wobble problem on the new frame design bikes and these type of stabilizer's were no longer needed. I have a 011 rgc and I have never had a problem , not yet anyway, could you tell us why the true track is needed?? thanks
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EDIT: I've been researching "the other forum" as well, and it doesn't look like it should take any longer than 4 hrs. Guess I answered my own question!

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Sorry for thread jack, but I have a question for y'all. How many hours of labor, give or take, do you think a dealer/mechanic should charge to install monotubes and chrome lowers (at the same time)?

Reason I ask, I queried my local shop this weekend and they said 6 hours, no if, and's, or but's. Said that the entire faring had to be removed, yadda yadda yadda. Sounded a bit long to me as I was figuring more around 3.5 - 4 hours. Thoughts?

Also, I know, I know, get a service manual and do it myself! If I can find a garage (I live in an apartment) and jack (don't have one), then maybe I will. In the meantime, want to know from the experts what I should be looking at for labor time.

Thanks in advance,
Mike

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