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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-25-2017, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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do it yourself front end upgrade ?

i put super shox on the rear and i feel the improvement and the wife thinks they are way better then the air ride.

so with that said i am thinking of upgrading the front suspension.
any good videos on how to ?

any advise on to what i should use?

i see others not liking the ride of the new bikes ,so i gather upgrading mine would be the way to go.
i have 20k on the dunlaps now,and they both still have plenty of meat, but the front is hard as stone . dropping the air pressure slightly helps, but new ones will be put on over winter which will help with the ride.


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I don't know what model you ride, but one option would be to go for the HD equipment as this one for earlier than 2013s (quite expensive though):

https://www.harley-davidson.com/stor...ridge-fork-kit
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would work on my 2011. thanks.

any good reports on that setup ?


any others that prefer a different brand ?

i have not looked yet, but i would imagine there are you tube tutorials i could watch to learn.

i also have read changing out the tube oil could help ? i have 33k on original shocks and oil and i think 50k oil change is required.
my main goal is to have a smoother ride. its not like i blast through corners as i dont. usually ride 2 up with 39-40lbs of air in front tire


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All depends on $$. I run Progressive mono tubes. They are not as smooth but handle bumps a lot better and they eliminate the nose dive on hard braking.
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I second the progressive monotubes. They do stiffen up the front but they just about eliminate nose dive
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I also use the Super Shox on my 2016 RGS. I spoke with Brian at Super Shox and the front suspension is now in the works. I am willing to wait till it comes out. The rear improvement was remarkable. I hope to get the ride I had on a 12 Streetglide.
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So the mono tubes stiffen the front end ? one person said they take the bumps better ?

i am looking for a lack of a better term, a softer,smoother ride


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So the mono tubes stiffen the front end ? one person said they take the bumps better ?

i am looking for a lack of a better term, a softer,smoother ride
I think the oem front ends are pretty smooth. They just don't take bumps well. The pre Rushmore ones had a bad nose dive also.

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Only a matter of time before someone mentions Ohlins. I don't have them, but they are a great system if you have the money.

I want to put on the Super Shox on rear as well. Will wait though to see if they do come out with fronts and see how they perform with time.

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I just ordered the new Progressive Mono-tubes with the adjustable preload and FST technology from Revzilla. I had monotubes on my 2013 RGU and like them. I will update you on my experience once they come in and I install them.

FWIW I had Ohlins from Howard on the rear and monotubes on the front of my 2013 and it felt very nice. I am going to wait on the rears to see how the 2017 feels with these new monotubes.

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