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Just ordered Ohlins #6 from Howard. Looking forward to a brand new ride!:)
 

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Let us know how they work out. I have been eyeing a set for a while. I have a set of progressive 440's and I thought they were just alright until My wife and I rode to Daytona last week. Those shocks really were NICE 2 up.
 

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You will be very happy
 

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Just ordered Ohlins #6 from Howard. Looking forward to a brand new ride!:)
I'm also looking for some better shocks. I've read good reviews previously referring to 'Ohlins #6', but don't see anything by this name on their web site. Their shock listed for a 2006-2012 Street Glide is ]part number HD039, type S36E'. What's a '#6' ?

http://www.ohlinsusa.com/harley-davidson

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I'm also looking for some better shocks. I've read good reviews previously referring to 'Ohlins #6', but don't see anything by this name on their web site. Their shock listed for a 2006-2012 Street Glide is ]part number HD039, type S36E'. What's a '#6' ?

http://www.ohlinsusa.com/harley-davidson

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Ohlin 6's is the name Howard gives them on his website, if you look on ohlin usa they are the shocks with a remote reservoir.
 

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Thanks. I found them. Wow, though $2k for shocks. I was actually looking at the Progressive 944 for $530 on Amazon. Are the Ohlins really worth 4x the cost ?
 

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Thanks. I found them. Wow, though $2k for shocks. I was actually looking at the Progressive 944 for $530 on Amazon. Are the Ohlins really worth 4x the cost ?
they are well worth the money , but with forum discount they are around $1400 , #3 series around $750 and #2 series round $550 , I'd call Howard , all 3 of these shocks are quality shocks the difference in prices is adjustable options
 

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Definitely call Howard or send him an email for pricing. Very good discount.
 

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Can't wait to hear what you have to say about these Ohlin shocks. I have got them on my mind as well.
 

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Not received yet but I can tell you Howard is tops in customer service. Has sent me the install directions and has also called me to check on use and weight, etc. After reading the install directions I must admit to being a bit worried - I am not much of a wrench. Howard would not let me get away with that insisting I call him when I'm ready to do the work and he will hold my hand through to completion. Can't beat that. Just ordered a J&S jack which I'm sure I'll use for many other things over the years ... kinda costly but looks to be a very good product - one of 3 recommended by Howard.
 

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Just sorting things out before calling Howard .... getting closer! Pics of the Ohlins and parts sent by Howard and a pic of my brand new J&S motorcycle jack.
 

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I love my Ohlins and J&S , good choices
 

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So, OK, the Ohlins are on and we have two days of good old NE weather so not conducive to giving them a work out. Glad to share my thoughts ... just so you know, I have very limited mechanical ability and a useless set of tools. On the plus side, I have a very smart wife!

~ Product: received very well packaged including instructions. They look great and too bad the saddle bags will hide them
~ Howard's extras: Emails you detailed instructions over and above the Ohlin instructions including what tools you should have on hand. Explains set-up and theory on how shocks work. He also includes in the box all the various nuts, bolts, brackets, tie wraps, spacers, etc., that you will need for the install. Wants to be on the phone with you during the install, and in my opinion, you should definitely take him up on the offer.
~ Things I needed to buy: aforementioned J&S jack (or whatever jack you choose) - J&S is an easy-to-use jack and once you get past the bike tipping onto and off the jack (very scary) works as advertised. Check out their video on youtube. I also had to buy an electric cutting tool (for removing a bracket on the left-side saddlebag support) and a longish measuring caliper - both bought at Harbor Freight and very inexpensive. I had on hand, believe it or not, a pretty good selection of wrenches, ratchets and even a fairly good Torque wrench. I also had my wife ready with note paper and pencil to capture Howard's hints and also to take sag measurements while I sat on the bike.
~ A word about Howard: Howard has an abundance of patience - he spent most of Friday on the phone with us and then another half day Saturday to set up the shocks. Spent enough time with us so we had a good understanding of sag, compression and rebound and how important it is to check your settings after riding until you get the right combination of settings that feel good to you. I found him to have a good sense of humor and could take it as well as give it out. He knows his stuff and is most concerned that you are happy with your purchase. I know I can call him at anytime should I have any questions or concerns. "nuff said - he's a good guy"
~ Difficulties: The only part that I was concerned about was the mounting of the canister on the left side of the bike. I have a FLTRXSE (the rear lights are installed on the skirt between the fender and the saddlebag) and on the left side there is not enough room to mount the bracket that holds the canister. That's the reason I needed a cutting tool. I had to cut through the weld of the bracket on the saddlebag that is designed to attach bad guard surrounds. First time using a cutting tool and I set the dogs blanket on fire - I was using the blanket to protect my bike - not a good thing. I owe our dogs a new blanket!
~ Conclusion: Anyone with rudimentary skills (or none) can do this job. I would not attempt to do it, however, without the help, coaching, and swearing that Howard heaped on me - he taught me a lot including to have more faith in my skills. Little does he know! So here are some pics of the final product - the weather is supposed to be up to 60 degrees Wednesday so I'll give them their first run then.
First two pics are right side - the side you can use the mounting bracket to attach the canister.
 

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Left side ...
 

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nice job , maybe you will get to test them in the spring lol
 

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Quick follow up - nice day today so took the bike out for a 15 mile run to test the shocks. Fantastic! Felt good, handles great and a lot more comfortable on our NE roads. Tried to avoid the big holes in the road so as not tho through off the settings - just trying to get a feel for it. One thing I noticed that's going to cost me more $ in the future - when the front wheel hit a moderate road imperfection I felt the impact - but felt no impact on the rear wheel ... hmmmm, can you say Ohlins springs? Maybe next year ....
 
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