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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-18-2014, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Harley Cartridge Forks

Was looking at Harley web site and found a front fork cartridge kit. (Item 45500106). Wondering if anyone had tried this and if so how it worked.
Are these made by Progressive for Harley? If not what is difference between the two?
I tried forum search and came up with no listings.
Thanks for any info.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-18-2014, 05:07 PM
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I would stick with the Progressive Monotubes. From the pictures they do not look like the monotubes.

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'Have the Harley Premium stuff front & rear on the '09SERG, (about 15K on the suspension so far) to me, Much Better Ride Quality than the MonoTube bikes I have ridden!
Nowhere near as bouncy as the MTs, just smooth and supple, effortlessly hold a line either on the High Speed Western Sweepers or the tight twisties, no bad habits, very well mannered all the way around... 'Ride great solo / 2-up / loaded.

'Don't think the HD stuff is made by PS, as they are two different designs, the HD uses fork oil for the damping, the PS are sealed units. The MTs sometimes sack out around 50k, and PS will warranty the MTs but not the labor... At 50k it is recommended to change the fork oil on the HD.

I would have considered the Ohlins if the forks were available when I was ready to upgrade, but I'm not even thinking about switching from the HD.

Whatever you decide, Remember that to get the most out of any motorcycle suspension, the front & rear have to play well together.

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'Have the Harley Premium stuff front & rear on the '09SERG, (about 15K on the suspension so far) to me, Much Better Ride Quality than the MonoTube bikes I have ridden!
Nowhere near as bouncy as the MTs, just smooth and supple, effortlessly hold a line either on the High Speed Western Sweepers or the tight twisties, no bad habits, very well mannered all the way around... 'Ride great solo / 2-up / loaded.

'Don't think the HD stuff is made by PS, as they are two different designs, the HD uses fork oil for the damping, the PS are sealed units. The MTs sometimes sack out around 50k, and PS will warranty the MTs but not the labor... At 50k it is recommended to change the fork oil on the HD.

I would have considered the Ohlins if the forks were available when I was ready to upgrade, but I'm not even thinking about switching from the HD.

Whatever you decide, Remember that to get the most out of any motorcycle suspension, the front & rear have to play well together.
I do suspension for a living and I rebuild many Harley forks. At 10K miles your bushings have the Teflon coating worn off of them. The oil is filthy with both contaminants & worn metal from your springs rubbing up and down on the ID of the fork tubes. Metal and organic matter in oil causes wear. The rake of the forks on a FLT causes the bushings to wear only on the top of bottom (guide) bushing and the bottom of the (slide) bushing. Once your bushings are wearing on the metal carrier your fork tube hard chroming will be worn through to the steel fork tube. Hard Chrome never gets shinny no matter who polishes/buffs it. That is the shinny steel fork tube under the protective hard chrome. To purchase/free a set of 20mm so called "Premium" cartridges please visit your long time INDY and ask him if he has a pair of 2002~2005 fairing 46209-02 damper with accompanying & necessary parts that was removed from the left side when the owners converted back to the damper style forks. You must remove the check valve from the bottom of your fork tube as per my fork rebuild video on my site.
This is what is inside of them I do not sell anything contained in this post, just giving you factual advice on what I learned by observation and doing.

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Fast Harley, Thanks for the info!

What front kit do you suggest for our FLTRU's ?

WHat shock's play well with that fork kit?

I have a 2013 and am seriously considering the MT's OR the Harley units Ohlins is just out of my price range until the bike is paid off or I sell one of my kids LOL

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C'mon Howard, don't be shy- give everyone the details on your Ohlins front end kit.

I was going to inquire with you myself, as I'm a bit confused from talk on the other forums- you mentioned you prefer your fork kit in the larger 2014 (49mm?) tubes, but I gather you do sell them, and they work well for the regular sized tubes?

I'm looking to get a set from you for my 2009 SERG, and ditch my Ricors....figure the Ohlins in front will get along great with my Ohlins 3-3's in the back, plus Tim (tj316) raves about them, but he ended up going with the larger tubes/trees as you are aware.

So which kit do I need for my 2009 SERG?
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I do suspension for a living and I rebuild many Harley forks. At 10K miles your bushings have the Teflon coating worn off of them. The oil is filthy with both contaminants & worn metal from your springs rubbing up and down on the ID of the fork tubes. Metal and organic matter in oil causes wear. The rake of the forks on a FLT causes the bushings to wear only on the top of bottom (guide) bushing and the bottom of the (slide) bushing. Once your bushings are wearing on the metal carrier your fork tube hard chroming will be worn through to the steel fork tube. Hard Chrome never gets shinny no matter who polishes/buffs it. That is the shinny steel fork tube under the protective hard chrome. To purchase/free a set of 20mm so called "Premium" cartridges please visit your long time INDY and ask him if he has a pair of 2002~2005 fairing 46209-02 damper with accompanying & necessary parts that was removed from the left side when the owners converted back to the damper style forks. You must remove the check valve from the bottom of your fork tube as per my fork rebuild video on my site.
This is what is inside of them I do not sell anything contained in this post, just giving you factual advice on what I learned by observation and doing.
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