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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Progressive Monotube Installation

I want to get the standard monotube kit for my 2009 FLTR Road Glide. I can find the kits for a reasonable price the problem is the installation. I got quotes for like 500 bucks to install them. If anyone has a good step-by-step set of instructions and advice it would be greatly appreciated. Or better yet, if anyone lives in the DFW area that is familiar with the process, please contact me. I will have a fridge full of beer!
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If you have a service manual, that along with the instructions makes it pretty easy. Also check You Tube, I believe there is something there. I wish I were in your area, I would love to help; I love my monotubes.

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Me and a friend took his forks off and to a dealer to install these spring. They charged 1/2hr plus fork oil. Came out to like $50 or so all together. They have all the tools which makes it much easier.

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If your talking about progressive monotubes they don't require any special tools. To install like the hd kit does

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+1 on Xaran comment. If it is just a drop in replacement then all you are really dealing with is the top of the shocks, its not like you have to take the legs apart and replace seals. Which I haven't put that much time into looking at it but however it takes to get at that top nut then take the nut off pull out the HD shocks and drop in your new stuff. Drain the oil from the bottom with the plug, put the plug back in, fill her back up with your choice of shock oil, replace the nut, put it all back together and ride. I think the majority of the time will be getting to the top nuts. Someone please correct me if I am wrong and making this look alot easier than it is. My local dealership quoted me $150 to do it and that is the cost of doing the service on the shocks anyways. Hope this helps

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Those that have installed Progressive Monotubes: what fork oil did you use? I was thinking about using Ohlins 5w. Comments?


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Just use plain old fork oil. With the mono tubes, all the oil is, is a lubricant for the moving parts. The damping action takes place in the gas tubes.

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Good question pargenz, I'd like to hear folk's answers.

If I understand it correctly, it really shouldn't matter as the oil's only there to lubricate the seals. I've got about half a quart of Race Tech 15w left over from another bike I'm hoping I can use.

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Those that have installed Progressive Monotubes: what fork oil did you use? I was thinking about using Ohlins 5w. Comments?
I used the Harley fork oil, but as others have posted, I don't think it's that important since the oil is now used for a different purpose. BTW I wonder whatever happened with the OP.

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To clarify a couple of comments, the OP was asking about a Progressive Monotube catridge kit - those DO require a complete fork removal and disassembly. Progressive also has a drop-in spring kit, which is different. No fork removal or disassembly required for those - all you do for is drop in the new Progressive springs through the top cap.

The only other thing I can add is that there's a Progressive monotube kit in my near future!

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