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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Ohlins made a great bike even better.

Installed a set of HD039 on my 2017 FLTRXS. What a difference this product made on the over all ride and handling of my bike. I had no idea it would make this much of a difference.
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 09:44 PM
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Congratulations. I love the way mine rides with them. The techs at my local HD always compliment the way my bike rides and Im running the stock junk on the front. I need to bite the bullet and let @Smarty do my front.
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Congratulations. I love the way mine rides with them. The techs at my local HD always compliment the way my bike rides and Im running the stock junk on the front. I need to bite the bullet and let @Smarty do my front.
Anytime Eddie, just a short ride and we will have you riding in style! Remember, Suspended by Smarty. lol
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Just replaced my rear shocks on my 2018 RoadGlide Special to Ohlins M/M 3-3 from Motorcycle metal. King Rigid mounted tour pack and Ultra seat. This thing is night and Day different. It still sits at 11.8 and tracks in the back like the shocks literally are alive and recognize when to by relaxed and when to be responsive. Simply night and day!! Now I need to replace the front end so I get the kind of bike that I want. Chinese 12.00 shocks are no comparison to Ohlins. Harley should be ashamed of themselves putting junk suspension on a $27,000 motorcycle. High end Ohlins should come standard on all Touring HD's. They already have Brembo brakes and finally went with Brembo master cylinder, now fix the suspension as people are catching on. Wonder why Indian is doing well, out the door a better ride.
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Just replaced my rear shocks on my 2018 RoadGlide Special to Ohlins M/M 3-3 from Motorcycle metal. King Rigid mounted tour pack and Ultra seat. This thing is night and Day different. It still sits at 11.8 and tracks in the back like the shocks literally are alive and recognize when to by relaxed and when to be responsive. Simply night and day!! Now I need to replace the front end so I get the kind of bike that I want. Chinese 12.00 shocks are no comparison to Ohlins. Harley should be ashamed of themselves putting junk suspension on a $27,000 motorcycle. High end Ohlins should come standard on all Touring HD's. They already have Brembo brakes and finally went with Brembo master cylinder, now fix the suspension as people are catching on. Wonder why Indian is doing well, out the door a better ride.
well howdy, neighbor!
did you get the 13" shocks?
what was the biggest improvement?
does it still bottom out?

anyone else know if it changes the rake/trail or any other handling characteristics?
i've got 5.5K on my stock shocks and i can start to feel the "wallowing" in corners that i really hate.

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post #6 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-25-2018, 01:55 PM
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Call Howard at Motorcycle Metal. I got the 329MM 13 inch but at lowest setting is actually 12 3/4 inch. When on it it sets at 11.8 in stock mounts. extra 1.5 CM + of travel and the best shock made for bikes period!!
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Factory are $12.00 capers, the left shock is the only one that does all the work and measures 308.1 MM the right has NO valving at all and only has a spring and measures 301.1 MM ??? Binding on the swing are? What are these engineers thinking. Both my OHLINS are 329 MM each and forget the superior valving, nitrogen filled separated with superior material in metal.
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Are 3-3 from MM same or similar to Ohlins 159s?
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post #9 of 40 (permalink) Old 09-07-2018, 07:39 AM
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Call Howard at Motorcycle Metal. I got the 329MM 13 inch but at lowest setting is actually 12 3/4 inch. When on it it sets at 11.8 in stock mounts. extra 1.5 CM + of travel and the best shock made for bikes period!!
I bought my front and rear from Howard and after speaking with SMARTY here on the forum at Shark Week I would rather deal with Smarty... Just my .02 cents...
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post #10 of 40 (permalink) Old 09-08-2018, 03:21 PM
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Howard sets them up in a more Tailored way to the individual rider, but they are 159's just tweaked by Howard.
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