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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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I was just about to pull the trigger on some 444s and the drop-in fork kit from Progressive for my '01 FLTRSEI2. After talking to Jared from Progressive, I was surprised that he tried talking me out of the 11.5's and the drop in kit....explaining that 12s and the standard fork kit would suffice. I explained I was concerned that 1" wouldn't be enough drop for me...I'm 5'6", 210lb, with 30" inseam. I touch ground with both feet....barely....wanted some more "wiggle room", you know?

So after reading some more posts, the trending opinion appears that the progressive shocks aren't what they're cracked up to be and that Ohlin (at twice the price) is well worth the money.

So, now I ask....what are your thoughts? I want to lower the bike a little for my own vertically challenged comfort . I generally ride solo....sometimes take the kids for a ride...momma wants nothing to do with the bike I generally run with the tour pack attached.
1. Are the Ohlins truly worth the price?
2. Should I lower the front as well? If so, what would be the best option?
3. With my size, would lowering to 11.5 be too much?

Thanks guys! I thought doing shocks would be a no brainer but I see now there is quite a bit to consider and a lot of options. Thanks for the input!

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I have the 444's in the 11 1/2" length. I'm 5' 10" and shrinking with a 33" inseam. My legs are plenty bent on my '12 custom. Found them used for a good price or I would have went with 12" shocks. You lose travel the shorter they are, so that sweet spot you want to stay in gets pretty small. If 12"ers won't get you low enough, I would recommend having your seat worked. The 444's are better than stock air ride but I'm sure there are better shocks out there.

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I have Progressive 944-4002 Rear Shocks on my 2012 RGC with Progressive Monotubes -1 up front and I'm very happy with the ride and stance.
I'm 5-10 with a 32" inseam and sit flat footed on a stock RGC seat.
I know others have JRi and Ohlins and are very pleased but for the price I am very satisfied with Progressive.
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I was just about to pull the trigger on some 444s and the drop-in fork kit from Progressive for my '01 FLTRSEI2. After talking to Jared from Progressive, I was surprised that he tried talking me out of the 11.5's and the drop in kit....explaining that 12s and the standard fork kit would suffice. I explained I was concerned that 1" wouldn't be enough drop for me...I'm 5'6", 210lb, with 30" inseam. I touch ground with both feet....barely....wanted some more "wiggle room", you know?

So after reading some more posts, the trending opinion appears that the progressive shocks aren't what they're cracked up to be and that Ohlin (at twice the price) is well worth the money.


So, now I ask....what are your thoughts? I want to lower the bike a little for my own vertically challenged comfort . I generally ride solo....sometimes take the kids for a ride...momma wants nothing to do with the bike I generally run with the tour pack attached.
1. Are the Ohlins truly worth the price?
2. Should I lower the front as well? If so, what would be the best option?
3. With my size, would lowering to 11.5 be too much?

Thanks guys! I thought doing shocks would be a no brainer but I see now there is quite a bit to consider and a lot of options. Thanks for the input!

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Yes ohlins are worth every penny. With your case i would suggest a set of 12" JRI'S. Once you set the sag, they will set like a 11" shock. I would also suggest doing a 1" drop on the front with some monotubes.
What ever shock you get, get something with a minium of a compression and rebound adjustment. This let the spring do it's job of holding the weight up and not controling it.

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Ohlins are hands down better than Progressive.

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Ohlins are hands down better than Progressive.
And so they should be for the price!! I have 444's and love them. I'm not carving canyons or doing laps on the race track so I just can't justify the cost of JRI's or Ohlins.

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Ohlins from Howard at MotorcycleMetal.com. They're expensive, but when you consider what you paid for your bike and what people are willing to pay for LED lighting, they're not overpriced considering they're excellent suspension that will outlast the bike.

Follow FrankieB's advice and drop in some Progressive Monotubes. Why go half way?



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I would go with the ohlins/jri's but I would avoid the drop in the front end.

my last bike was an 09 ultra classic, I had sg shocks (12") and the progressive drop kit in it with ricors, the bike was freaking horrible!!! way too rough, I changed the 12" to 13" JRI's and it got a lot better in the back but the front was still way to harsh for me.

I transferred the JRI's to the 13 RGU and left the front end and I am as happy as a clam! And I have no problem reaching the ground. I am 5'7.5" with a 30" inseam.

I won't get into the JRI vs Ohlin debate, and they have since changed the JRI's from when I got mine, but I would go with Howard for sure.

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To clarify, I didn't lower my front end.



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