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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-24-2014, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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944 SAG - What's yours?

I've read everything I can find on the 944 setup and watched the youtube vid from Progressive on setting SAG, and I'm still confused .

Installed the standard 944's on my '13 FLTRU yesterday and checked SAG per the video. Out of the box SAG (no pre-load) is 2" - seems like a lot. Fooled with pre-load settings for a while and the least SAG I can get with 5 lines showing is 1 3/4" - still seems like a lot, and seems like fully adjusting for max pre-load would have changed more than a 1/4".

Went for a ride with the wife and it was ROUGH! Wife says she won't be riding again til I get this figured out (I know, some may say what's wrong with that, but I enjoy our ride time).

Plan at this point is tweak the adjustments until I get a smooth (better) solo ride, then bump up for two up ad tweak some more to make the wife happy.

More background - did not get HD springs as our combined weight seemed borderline and read many comments about HD's being too stiff (I'm 225, wife is 130). Haven't called Frank at Progressive yet - would rather have valued input from forum members that have worked this out and assume he will suggest a spring swap - may or may help - dunno. Also read A LOT about how stupid we are to buy anything other than JRI, Ohlin, etc., etc., etc. May end up going that route, but want to try to work these out first.

I've gleaned a ton of great information from RG members on other topics/issues - looking forward to more of the same here.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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There are 39 replies on the 944 owners survey post, and nothing here in two days?!

Just looking for help and information on settings and experience from 944 owners.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 06:49 PM
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I bought 944 last year and they told me to get heavy duty ones I an 245 and wife is 140 they only dropped about 3/4" I have a Road glide custom played with adjustment's and I'm on 2.5 turns wife says night and day there are a little stiff but no more bottoming out we both agree the ride is much better I think if you return them they will change the springs for nothing right now I am installing mono tubes everyone says even better than the shocks
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 07:36 PM
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I don't have 944 but the sag should be around 1/3rd of travel of the shock. example: shock travel is three inches then the sag should be set to one inch with gear and body weight.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 08:47 PM
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Rabell, did you get 2 pages of instructions with the 944s? On page 2 they provide the procedure for sag.

They say: To check sag, take a measurement from the center of rear axel, straight up to a verticle point on the rear fender or frame with the shocks fully extended. Then take a second measurement using the same points with the rider(s) on the bike. The difference between the two measurements is the ride sag.

So to get that first measurement you need to jack the back tire off the ground.

Progressive recommends 2" of sag given the load on the bike.

I have the standard 944s on a 2011 RGU and weigh 205 with wifey at 130. With me on the bike along with the bags, I have the shocks adjusted 2 turns and one line showing. That's 1 3/4 " of sag foe me.

When wifey is on, I go to 4 turns, 2 lines. Rides good.

I'm thinking when we ride 2 up fully loaded I may need to go to 3 lines.

If you can't jack the bike for the first measurement, maybe just try these settings and adjust a little from there. I don't think you need the HD springs given the ride you experienced with your wife.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2014, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Newliachook (& FrankieB & Whitehairedpete).

I did get instructions with the shocks, and I checked the sag per the instructions. I do not recall seeing the recommendation for sag at 2" (will double check when I get home tonight). Everything I was reading said sag should be ~1/3 of total travel which would be ~1" on these shocks. I was troubled because I couldn't get any less than 1 3/4".

Based on your reply, my sag is correct and I just need to adjust for the various loads of solo, wifey, & wifey plus tour load. No work tomorrow, so I'll at least be able to play with the settings for solo riding.

I do appreciate all the responses and I'll post my results after I get a litlle more ride and adjustment time.
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