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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-09-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Looks great, congrats.
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Looks great, man! I'm in the middle of doing mine right now.

I pulled the stock forks after I had my tank off to run some wiring and just used the triple tree as a fork holder. After the top caps were off, it was just a matter of dropping the forks a bit to expose the half nuts and get them loose with a 13/16 wrench. With the tank off, it's a breeze ... no need to even remove bars.

What did you use the press for?


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Subscribed. These are on my radar screen. Appreciate the detail.

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Just wait until you get a few thousand miles on them, your going to like them even more.

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I have had them on my bike for over a year and love the ride.

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great post - thanx for the info.

my next upgrade - deciding on the wheel.
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Looks great! Thanks for the write up.

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Mono tube

I believe they have worked out the bugs. I had a pair installed shortly after they were on the market on my '07 Ultra Classic and they were great until the nitrogen leaked out one day. No warning, I got on it to go for a long ride and shortly after we left there was a terrible knocking noise coming from the front end. I stopped several times to check for anything loose. Made it home with no incident, called Progressive on Monday and they told me to remove and return them for evaluation. They were warrantied without an issue other than my bike was down for nearly three months during the redesign. No one offered to pay for any of the labor required to tear down and reassemble once the new ones came in. I inquired why it was taking so long and Progressive reported they had new orders to fill first before they could take care of an exisiting customer. I put the stock suspension back in so I could enjoy the riding season and then sold the replacments when they arrived. The fellow I sold the redesigned ones tells me he loves them. No more dive! they just should have done a better job of taking care of an exisitng customer first.

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I just bought a set of these in stock ride height and I can't wait to put them on tomorrow!!

Those that met me at Daytona know I had problems with fork oil leaking out of the chrome lowers I had put on by the guy I bought the bike from.

I just determined today he put the fork seals in backwards which is what I suspected all along!! On a good note he's paying me back for the mistake with good 'ol American ca$h!! I'm using that ca$h to buy the mono-tubes stay tuned for my testing them in Western NC and Eastern TN at the beginning of May.

PS I hate the way the stock front end dives and handles during slow maneuvering and quick direction changes, I went with the stock height so I don't have to worry about grinding the boards as much in the sweepers!!
Yes I'll be riding the Dragon but more importantly riding the Cherohala Sky way!!!

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