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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-26-2014, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Another "vertically challenged" guy...

I recently bought a used 2012 RGU with stock suspension and a 21" front wheel. At 5'6" I am going to lower the bike as much as possible, for starters I am sending the seat to MCC to lower me a couple inches, next I would like to lower the back and front of the bike, probably an inch on the back, either progressives or HD premium shocks, my question is: how do I know how much to lower the front to make up for lowering the back+the front 21" wheel,( I am thinking monotubes 1 or 2") obviously the more the better but I am concerned with the front fender hitting the crash bar, is there a rule-of-thumb for this?

I ride 2-up 70% of the time and my previous bike was a Softail Deluxe so making the RGU suspension a little "harsh" doesn't face me, what would be your suggestion to lower the bike?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-26-2014, 01:37 PM
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If i was in your tiny shoes I'd see how well you like the seating modification after you get that done first. Also, how much do you want or need to lower the bike to be comfortable with it? Do you know if the front was lowered to accommodate the 21" wheel? Some people lower the front to compensate for the slightly taller 21. Welcome to the forum

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I was told the front was stock, i think an inch should do it, right know i can reach on my tip toes. I also noticed the bike leans ALOT when is on the side stand, i am assuming because the 21 wheel and the stock suspension combination.
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With the lower monotubes you can go one or two inches, try one first, if that's not enough go the rest of the way. I've been running -2 since the monotubes came out and never hit my fender until this summer when I hit a huge pot hole in Delaware. The monotubes will give you a much better ride than stock, a little stiffer but a lot more comfort and control. You might also want to try shoes with thick souls to help you out a little.

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This is only a opinion, but do the progressives out back n then I would do the -2 on the front , one because of the change in height of the 21 then two to adjust for the 1 inch drop n the back.

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hi. 5'6" here, I have a 2011 RGU, I did 1" blocks and a streetglide seat, my old bike was 2001 FLHT which I had 11.5" progressives and a Road King seat on. on both bikes I didn't mess with the front. the new RG is still a lil higher but manageable, it seems heavier too.

my 2 cents on your situation is this, if you can afford it buy good quality 11.5" shocks and seat work. you should be fine. I personally met a lady 5'1" riding a RK in Daytona, it was a stretch but she had it!!


mine is black, my buddies is stock height.

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I have 13 RGC Front mono tubes -2 and burly block on rear -1 Have no problems with front fender and i'm 5'6" bike feels great and handles better than stock. I was on tippy toes before mod now feel much better flat footed.
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Had whats listed on my signature done and am very happy. I am 5'6" also. The stealer lowered the front only an inch. He said something about Harley not lowering the front more than the back, but Progressive said it would be okay so who knows. 11.5 inch rear springs I believe. Get boots with high heels. I had the seat "chopped" also.

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Thank you everyone for your input, which rear progressives are you guys running? 412, 444, 944s?

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Your ultra with a 21 took a 2" rise in height in the front. 2" will put your front end back to stock height. Lowering the rear an inch will put it at a custom stock height.

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