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Had those installed up front, still have the stock air shocks in rear, went for my first ride of the year today and have to say I hit a few corners hard and the handling was awesome. I only did 50 miles, but could already tell a big difference. Well worth the money! Great product.


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Just installed mine today (stock height kit, 2 pre-load spacers per side). The 3 YouTube videos I used were great - would have been a much longer job without them. Can't wait to go for a test ride, it's been pouring down rain all weekend in Maryland.


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Installed mine this week... got a few more things for finish up before I can test ride it. Sure hope I put everything together ok... seemed to go pretty easy!

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Well worth the $ and time. Installed front and rear suspension myself.

Better ride with only the addition of Monotube suspension in the front. But awesome ride with the addition of really good rear suspension; I decided on JRI "B", but other rears may work as well. No experience with others on the FLTR.

Kept both front and rear stock length for my '08, namely 13".


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Just installed mine today (stock height kit, 2 pre-load spacers per side). The 3 YouTube videos I used were great - would have been a much longer job without them. Can't wait to go for a test ride, it's been pouring down rain all weekend in Maryland.
Would you mind posting the links to those 3 YouTube vids?
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Had those installed up front, still have the stock air shocks in rear, went for my first ride of the year today and have to say I hit a few corners hard and the handling was awesome. I only did 50 miles, but could already tell a big difference. Well worth the money! Great product.
cool, glad to hear you like it. did you go with the standard part#31-2500 set or the lower -1 to -2 part#31-2501 set. how many c-clips did you use? almost ready to do mine but still not sure which one to go with.


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I went with the standard height tubes and I don't know what or how many clips were installed as the dealer did the work since I was having the front end all taken off anyway. But standard height for sure.


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OK, here are the videos I used to get the job done. Each one of the Monotube install videos have something to offer that is not included in the others.

This first video tells you how to remove the front tire and fender. If you know how to do this already, skip to the next video. Bear in mind, if you have ABS, the left side wheel spacer is your ABS speed sensor.

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This video will show you how to break down the plastic nacelle, and speedo gauge panel which gives you access to the fork caps. He goes on to cover most of the job, but uses specialized vices for key parts of the job. The other videos show you how to tackle the job without using a vice.

How To Install Progressive Suspension Shocks (Front) - www.BikerTrends.com

This instruction video provided by Progressive gives the best overview, and only includes the steps necessary to remove the forks, and replace the old suspension parts with the monotubes. You don't have to remove fork seals and take the whole fork leg apart (like the guy in the next video did). They also provide guidance on the use of the preload spacers, and specify the torque settings - none of the others provided this.

Progressive Suspension Monotube Fork Cartridge Kit on HD Touring Models

This video provides the most detail on all steps from starting with removing the forks from the bike, and how to break the top fork caps loose, and the bottom screw that holds the stock dampener in place. He shows how to do these steps without using a vice to hold the fork leg in place. Unfortunately, he also unnecessarily removed the faring to access the top fork caps, and removes fork seals and completely disassembles the fork legs too. You may not want to do all that, especially if the bike is fairly new and you don't want to replace fork seals. He does provide the good advice to replace the copper crush gaskets on the bottom screws. Use the videos above for removing the wheel and fender, and the nacelle and speedo face (to obtain access to the fork caps) before finishing the job with this video, but ignore unnecessary steps.

Progressive Monotube Install

By the way, none of the videos tell you that the top fork caps requires a 1-3/8", or 35mm socket. Also, the brake calipers mounting bolts require a 10 mm 12 point socket. These might not be something you have, at least in your standard sets, so you might want to get them ahead of time.

Also, I'd also recommend hitting those 5/8" fork pinch bolts with an air gun, while using an extension. They're definitely tight and awkward to break loose with the forks able to move about, especially if you don't have a helper. Shouldn't be a problem if you angle the forks for clear access on each side, and hit with the air gun.

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I went with the standard height tubes and I don't know what or how many clips were installed as the dealer did the work since I was having the front end all taken off anyway. But standard height for sure.
The recommendation from Progressive is to use 2 spacers for average weight of 175 to 240 lbs. If you use 1 spacer, the ride would be softer, so I guess you would use 1 or 0 spacers if you are less than 175 lbs. Some say the spacers also affect the riding height, but I'm not sure of the accuracy of that.

I've read that the original standard monotube kit included no spacers. The same threads go on to say that the standard kit without spacers installed would actually lower the bike 1.5", which caused a lot of people to complain. So now they include spacers which add like .75 height with one spacer, and 1.5" with 2 spacers in place, putting you right at stock height.

This information combined with Progressive's advice lead me to inserting 2 spacers on each side.

I also read that the other kit for lowering the bike 1" or 2" actually lowers the bike more.

Again, I'm not sure how factual all this info about riding height is. The 2 spacers on each side seem to have my height right about stock height.


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