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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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FLTRX w/ 19" Aggitator, -1 or -2 up front???

This [email protected] forum! I get on looking at crap. End up in the suspension area and next thing I know I've ordered a set of monotubes off amazon for $270 shipped.

Now I need help. I've tried reading all the old threads. Should I do -1 or -2 up front? Looks like most do -2 but they're also running 21" wheels. Is -1 not enough to notice? or is -2 too much with stock rear end?

What about lowering blocks for the rear? A lot of mixed reviews? The stock rear shocks on the custom are already 12", right?

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19" Agitator is the same height as the stock 18 if you're running the 130/60 19 tire. Lower tire profile makes up the difference in rim diameter. 2" looks cool but looses travel to soak up the bumps. You gonna ride it or look at it? Mine is stock height with the 19 front. Need all the travel I can get with the roads around here.


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Stock height. If you must go into the forks put in stock height springs or mono tubes.
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I have the stock wheels and tires with the Progressive Mono Tubes -1 drop and I'm very happy with how the bike rides.
I also have the Progressive 944's in the rear and the Touring Link and the bike runs like it's on rails.
Can't wait to ditch the Dunlops for better tires and I'm sure my Glide will ride even smoother.
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Ditto on the -1 drop. My bike handles a lot better without sacrificing the travel of the suspension, plus it looks good.

IMO the best of both worlds.


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You don't "need" to drop the front at all for the 19" agitator. No matter what anyone says there is a trade off to lowering your bike. It will not ride as well with shorter travel and you will reduce lean angle. If you are having to reduce the height because you are short and need to reach the ground then ok. If you raise the front with a 21" wheel and want to return it to stock height by lowering it 1" then ok. But ride quality will suffer. You are losing 1" of travel. It will look cool slammed to the ground but there is a trade off in ride. I'm not saying that you shouldn't just saying go into it with your eyes open knowing what the trade offs are.

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Just to clarify a couple things... I'm 6'3", so i'm not lowering for height. I live in iowa which is about as flat as it gets, so not super concerned with lean angles like the mountains. I already have the agitators on so I know I don't have to lower it.

With that said, it sounds like -1 is my plan. I'm just trying to slam the bike a little without it looking like it's going down hill. From what i've read, the switch to monotubes is significantly better than stock, so ride quality should be better regardless. The front feels jacked up as it is, so if i'm going to replace the suspension (i'm already going to have the front apart doing my bars) I want to lower it a little. I was just trying to see if -2 was too much with a stock wheel setup. Sounds like it would be.


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Now everyone has be questioning if I should have ordered the stock height monotubes! Crap. Now I don't know what to do. Feel like I ordered the wrong thing. everyone running -2 has a 21" wheel. Now I feel like -1 will scrape all the time.


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you don't "need" to drop the front at all for the 19" agitator. No matter what anyone says there is a trade off to lowering your bike. It will not ride as well with shorter travel and you will reduce lean angle. If you are having to reduce the height because you are short and need to reach the ground then ok. If you raise the front with a 21" wheel and want to return it to stock height by lowering it 1" then ok. But ride quality will suffer. You are losing 1" of travel. It will look cool slammed to the ground but there is a trade off in ride. I'm not saying that you shouldn't just saying go into it with your eyes open knowing what the trade offs are.

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You shouldn't have problems scraping running it lowered. I run -1 monotubes for the ride. I don't like the front end walking up the high side just getting on the interstate on ramp. I have run -1 lowered on my HD tourining bikes from day one. I think you will be happy when you get them installed.
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