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for those that use a frame stabilizer, does it make a noticeable difference and are they worth the money? progressive's stabilizers look pretty good and pretty easy to install.
 

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Last time I looked there wasn’t one from Alloy Art for the M8 But now there is
I had one on my Twin Cam and it made a big difference. Stopped the wobble in high speed sweepers.
Doesn’t look like it will work with the Coolflow Fan
i have a twin cam and was looking at the one progressive has or at least that style because it mounts under the frame at the rear of the trans. it's sort of hidden which i like.
 

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I have the Progressive steering link on my 08. The bagger wobble was common on the 08 and earlier touring model bikes, when HD went to the new frame style for the wider back tire in 09 they claimed to eliminate the bagger wobble. I'm not sure if the bagger wobble was eliminated or not other members may be able to tell you. Progressive steering link was the best option in my opinion because you don't lose any ground clearance and the cost was reasonable. JMO
 
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It wasn’t eliminated. I had it on my 07, I had it on my 15, and I’ve felt it on my 19. If you push the limits you will find it. The Progressive one looks like a good one, just a lot more work to install. But it’s hidden. I liked the Alloy Art one for the ease of installation but it’s visible. I’m thinking either one will do the job. You will definitely notice a difference!
 

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I'm sure bagger wobble wasn't gone on the 09 and later bikes like HD claimed but the bagger wobble was better then the 08 and earlier bikes. I made a mistake and called it a steering link but progressive calls it a touring link and I didn't see if they make one for the newer bikes.
 
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for those that use a frame stabilizer, does it make a noticeable difference and are they worth the money? progressive's stabilizers look pretty good and pretty easy to install.
I have an Alloy Art on a 2016 RGU and could tell a big difference. That, combined with racetech front and Ohlin rears its on rails now.
 

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I'm running the True Track stabilizer and engine mount. Between the two, they nearly eliminate everything. A bad tire will still bring the wobble on though.
 

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I have an 08 and was running the Progressive Touring link for a few seasons. It worked pretty good, but I found at higher speeds of 70mph+, it still had a wobble that was concerning on the corners we have here. I removed it and lately just installed a True Track, which I didn't want due to ground clearance, but it certainly tightened everything up properly. So, from my experience, I would tell others to save the money and just go to the True Track.

For reference, I maintain my bike extremely well - all mounts have been replaced, swing arm bearings and bushings are 1 season old, suspension front/rear is aftermarket and tight, head bearings proper, tires are never worn out - so the link differences can certainly be attributed to each one's capability.
 

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I’m pretty sure @08Zinc has the progressive on his Twincam, maybe he’ll chime in. Yea I like that it’s hidden too
Tim and I talked about his True Trak after I bought this '05. He hadn't ridden the bike before having it installed so couldn't comment on a difference,(if memory serves me correctly, no promises on the correctly) :ROFLMAO::eek::p:confused::coffee::coffee::cool: Guess I should have just stayed out of this one, although I am going to follow thread; '16 was much more stable then '05. I don't push '05 hard and won't until I go completely through the bike; needs a lot of TLC. Next spring should feel like a new machine.
 
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I have the Alloy Art on my 2010, definitely made a difference. You can see it, but it’s not really noticeable. I don’t have anything on my wife’s 16 or my 17, haven’t felt any need for it on either bike.
 
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So alloy art stabilizer has made a definite difference on today’s ride. Well worth the money. Glad they finally started making them for these newer baggers. Ohlins front and rears made huge difference but I would get the occasional wobble only at real high speed leans. Had her out today “in Mexico” doing so runs upwards of 110 mph and felt even better in turns/curves. Just that little extra bit has helped eliminate any wobble.
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I did wind up going with the progressive touring stabilizer. I installed it easily due to me already having the exhaust off the bike. It's a pretty straightforward process. Removed 3 trans pan bolts from the right rear corner and installed a bracket with the supplied longer bolts. Then I had to remove the 2 tiny plastic bolt hole covers from the bracket for the swing arm bushing along with the chrome cap then the progressive bracket bolts over the swing arm bushing bracket and the chrome cap gets installed onto the progressive bracket. The little dog bone then gets bolted to each of the new brackets. The instructions said the dog bone was pre-set but if need be it could be adjusted accordingly. Fortunately mine was perfect so no adjust was necessary. I finished the bikes other projects and took it for a ride. I have about 150ish miles with it and I will say it is a vast improvement and in my opinion well worth the money. Again thanks for all the info
 

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I need to ask, just what the hell are y’all doing to cause this wobble? I had an 02 Road King that did that crap, solid wheel, frame brace helped tremendously, but my 2020 RGS is wonderful through curves, if anything the torque of the M8 is more a problem for me as I had it kick out once pulling back on the throttle as I exit the curve. But no wobble.
 

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In my experience, its not at all like the old death wobble from the scooters with three point rubber mounts. Its more just a lack of stability in a moderate to high speed turn. The scooter just never seems to settle in on a steady radius. As it loads and unloads the rear motor mounts, it wonders in and out of the intended path.
 

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In my experience, its not at all like the old death wobble from the scooters with three point rubber mounts. Its more just a lack of stability in a moderate to high speed turn. The scooter just never seems to settle in on a steady radius. As it loads and unloads the rear motor mounts, it wonders in and out of the intended path.
i definitely go into turns a bit quicker than on the Road King and its night and day...
 

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i definitely go into turns a bit quicker than on the Road King and its night and day...
I've been running a rear link on my 2011 TRX for a few years now. It made a noticeable difference on it.

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I tend to ride the turns easy in and add power once the scooter settles in. The old roll in - power out thing. And what I've found is that after you get past about 100 pound foot of torque from the motor, its easy to overpower the rear suspension. The squat and drag is an easy fix, just up the spring rate on the rear shocks. The power train flex is a little harder, but the starter mounted links seem to do a pretty good job, without being in the way or transferring a lot of power-train vibration to the frame.
 
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