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Adjustable Ohlins on '12 RGC

Have a '12 RGC and swapped the stock 12" air shocks for a set of takeoff 13" oems and after 1800 miles noticed the right side shock was leaking oil.

Since it wasn't an as deliverd oem part I didn't think HD would warranty. I'm only 5'7" and liked the shorter 12" shock but wanted more suspension travel for a better ride.

Started researching and found I could get a set of Ohlins custom set up for my weight from Howard at motorcyclemetal.com that when the sag is set the ride height is right at 12" like stock but with more suspension travel. Unweighted they are 13.25" eye to eye but with the sag set they sit right at 12-12-1/4" and have fully adjustable preload and rebound with 94 mm of stroke length.

Always thought Ohlins were too expensive but really not more than the higher priced Progressive or Works and I feel they are a better product.

Only ahve about 150 miles on them and will need to readjust after about 500 but so far much happier than the stockers. Feels much more planted and yet not as harsh.

My only other experience with aftermaket shocks is with lower priced Progressive which were really no better than stock.

I'm impressed with both the shocks and the service provided by Howard.

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Which ohlins do you have? I'm leaning that way also, I'm going to go with the shortest ones possible, no reach problem, I just like my bike to sit low.

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It take a solid 1000 miles for your Ohlins to 100% broke in.
It makes a noticible difference in ride quality once they loosen up.


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Which ohlins do you have? I'm leaning that way also, I'm going to go with the shortest ones possible, no reach problem, I just like my bike to sit low.
Howard calls them a #2-1/2 in that they have all the features of the #2 series with most of the features of the #3 series. Biggest difference is that unlike the #3 they are not height adjustable and the oil and gas are together.

The total length is 13-1/4" but they are designed to sit right at 12" when adjusted for sag. I think they are a great optin for guys who want a lowered ride height/look but more travel than the stock or other aftermaket 12" shocks. Progressive makes one that is suppose to give a 12" ride height as well, but the retail price (don't know what a discounter would sell for) is more than I paid for the Ohlins and the Ohlins are a much better shock in my mind.

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It take a solid 1000 miles for your Ohlins to 100% broke in.
It makes a noticible difference in ride quality once they loosen up.
Thanks for the opinion.

I haven't yet adjusted the rebound, wanted to wait at least 500 miles.
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I had an incredibly informative conversation with Howard @ Motorcycle Metal this morning. I was torn between several of the Ohlin Models and ironically after my conversation (and education) from Howard, I opted for one of his new sets of the JRI 13" Shocks. I'm more excited than anyone could prossibly understand to finally be able to upgrade my suspension to something like this. From everything I've read, the change should be remarkable!

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I'm more excited than anyone could prossibly understand to finally be able to upgrade my suspension to something like this. From everything I've read, the change should be remarkable!
I have the 6 series on my bike and they ride great, just don't expect miricles until they are broke in and properly adjusted.

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I have the 6 series on my bike and they ride great, just don't expect miricles until they are broke in and properly adjusted.
Thanks FrankieB, I completely understand about the break-in and getting them setup properly. Assuming a solid 1k miles to get them broke-in. How long did it take on your 6's? I'm feeling anxious, and I know I have to wait for Howard to get the parts in.... I am one of the least patient people I know.

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Thanks FrankieB, I completely understand about the break-in and getting them setup properly. Assuming a solid 1k miles to get them broke-in. How long did it take on your 6's? I'm feeling anxious, and I know I have to wait for Howard to get the parts in.... I am one of the least patient people I know.
It has taken about 3000 miles for me to dial them in. I did about 1000 miles with the setting as sent, then started tweeking them a click at a time. If you are asking how long it took to be delivered, it was two or three weeks.

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I had an incredibly informative conversation with Howard @ Motorcycle Metal this morning. I was torn between several of the Ohlin Models and ironically after my conversation (and education) from Howard, I opted for one of his new sets of the JRI 13" Shocks. I'm more excited than anyone could prossibly understand to finally be able to upgrade my suspension to something like this. From everything I've read, the change should be remarkable!
I been considering pulling the trigger everyday seems as if the these air shocks get worse every day..... A 1000 miles of getting better all the time sounds good! My ass and spine deserve it!

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