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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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2018 RGS rear shock adjuster relocation.

New to the forum, and just purchased the 2018 Road Glide Special. Has anyone attempted to relocate the adjuster knob for easier access? As in attach a flex tube to it, so it can be adjusted without the removal of the saddle bag? I?m considering a DIY type project because I haven?t found anything for it online. I go back and forth riding solo and two up, and pulling the bag off every time/remembering to change it back when I go solo, is becoming a hassle. Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to the forum, haven’t heard of any modifications like that.

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I can?t be tho only on who thinks it?s weird to have to remove a saddle bag off a $30k motorcycle to adjust preload settings, and risk scratching one while turning the knob? Some of the new Softails models have their adjusters our in the open. I?m wondering why the engineers at the moco didn?t adopt this for the bigger bikes.
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Probably because you only need to adjust it when you are changing the load on the bike. Prepping for a two up loaded trip? Pop the saddlebag and adjust the shock.

I remove the saddlebags to clean the bike after the trip so setting it back to solo setting is not a problem for me.

How often do you think you will be adjusting the preload?

Plus, are you setting the static sag of the rear of the bike using a measuring tape to ensure you are in the right place in the stroke of the shock so that you know where to adjust it based on Solo Rider, Rider with Gear, Rider with Passenger and Gear?


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New to the forum, and just purchased the 2018 Road Glide Special. Has anyone attempted to relocate the adjuster knob for easier access? As in attach a flex tube to it, so it can be adjusted without the removal of the saddle bag? I?m considering a DIY type project because I haven?t found anything for it online. I go back and forth riding solo and two up, and pulling the bag off every time/remembering to change it back when I go solo, is becoming a hassle. Thanks in advance.
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It takes two seconds to put it back the way you like it for solo riding.

I guess if you feel like spending some money $$$ you could always add an air-ride system.

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I kinda agree on this. They did make it easier to adjust on the softails.

If you figure it out, I'm sure lots of others would like to do it as well. Good luck.
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Probably because you only need to adjust it when you are changing the load on the bike. Prepping for a two up loaded trip? Pop the saddlebag and adjust the shock.

I remove the saddlebags to clean the bike after the trip so setting it back to solo setting is not a problem for me.

How often do you think you will be adjusting the preload?

Plus, are you setting the static sag of the rear of the bike using a measuring tape to ensure you are in the right place in the stroke of the shock so that you know where to adjust it based on Solo Rider, Rider with Gear, Rider with Passenger and Gear?
There?s no need to use a measuring tape on the new bikes. The thing comes with a ?general? diagram that adds rider weight plus passenger and luggage weight and tells you how many clicks to go up or down. I only weigh 160 and it?s recommended setting is 0 clicks or fully out. The recommended setting for myself and my passenger who weighs 120, is 18 clicks out of a possible 23. I ride to work every day and we ride two up at least three times a week. All I?m saying here is it seems like there would be some way to do this without removal of the bag every time. For instance, when we get home late and I forget to change it back for solo, then I?m on the way to work the next morning feeling like my spine is being jammed thru my skull, because the difference between 0 clicks and 18 is a lot.
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New to the forum, and just purchased the 2018 Road Glide Special. Has anyone attempted to relocate the adjuster knob for easier access? As in attach a flex tube to it, so it can be adjusted without the removal of the saddle bag? I?m considering a DIY type project because I haven?t found anything for it online. I go back and forth riding solo and two up, and pulling the bag off every time/remembering to change it back when I go solo, is becoming a hassle. Thanks in advance.
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It takes two seconds to put it back the way you like it for solo riding.

I guess if you feel like spending some money $$$ you could always add an air-ride system.

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Been on this forum two days, and from the limited reading I?ve been doing, somehow I knew Swomack would be weighing in lol.

You are correct, it isn?t a difficult task to change back. That being said I still think it could be made much easier considering I?m shelling out $30k. Look at any ohlins suspension with a remote reservoir. Just wondering why the MOCO didn?t do this.
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I kinda agree on this. They did make it easier to adjust on the softails.

If you figure it out, I'm sure lots of others would like to do it as well. Good luck.
I?ll be working on this for sure. Everyone has their opinions, and in mine, this shouldn?t require removing a saddle bag.
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I?ll be working on this for sure. Everyone has their opinions, and in mine, this shouldn?t require removing a saddle bag.
I look forward in seeing what you come up with brother.

Nice Bike By The Way.

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