Monotubes installed RGC
Installed a set of Progressive's lowering monotubes on my '12 RGC over the week-end. Here's some observations that hopefully will help.
The scoot is a 2012 FLTRX with 21F/17R wheels and stock rear shocks.
Lowered 1" and used 3 pre-load spacers on each leg as per the instructions.
IMHO this is a must do when going with a 21" front wheel;
1. The bike now looks and feels perfectly balanced.
2. Not top-heavy, easy to get off the side stand.
3. Slow speed manouvering feels normal again!
4. Able to use my centerstand and the sidestand holds at a normal angle again.
5. Handling feels greatly improved, planted and responsive but not harsh.
6. No clunks or strange noises and the nosedive is gone!
7. Hardest part of the job for me was getting the top plugs out as I didn't have a press to hold them properly. Went to a buddy's shop, covered them with a towel to avoid scratching, locked them really tight in the press, took an
open wrench to them and voila! plugs out! Once you exchange the innards of each leg the rest is cake.
8. Must use the impact wrench and 6mm long allen on the bottom screw of the right leg and u can use a regular 6mm allen (socket drive) for the left leg (rider's perspective).
9. I put 5oz. BelRay 15 weight (because that's what I had laying around) in each leg, go slow, pump slow or you'll make a mess and won't get all the needed oil in them.
10. Either be very careful, follow the service manual procedure exactly or have the alignment tool on hand when removing the ignition switch selector knob. If the switch's tumblers go out of alignment it can turn into a cursing festival ...8-)
11. Some specific tools needed for a "smooth" install include a 1 3/8" socket, 6mm drive socket (long), torque wrench, workbench adjustable press, bike specific service manual and an electric or pneumatic impact wrench.
12. I also changed the fork seals, cheap insurance at $21.00 for both. Used the PVC tube tool/method which has been posted in other threads.
Not involved in any way with Progressive Suspensions. These are just my obsevations while riding my scoot, hope they help whomever is on the fence regarding these.