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That's just it. I'm a hefty feller, 6'1" 380. Thankfully that number is slowly decreasing but non the less. By myself, and 45psi the stock ride isn't horrible but definitely lacks. When 2up, it's down right miserable obviously due to the excess weight. I used to weigh more so I'm sure my suspension is happy with the decreasing load.

Anywho, the "boss" said enough is enough and gave the green light to upgrade (yeah she's a keeper, plus I get to buy dresser duals too, woohoo)... So I've narrowed it down to progressives. I've ridden a bike with them and WOW.

I only want to hear about progressives. NOT JRI, ohlin etc. I'm thinking of doing the 444 HD version. But where I'm debating is the front monotubes or the spring kit. What's the main difference that makes it such a price difference?? What's the install difficulty between them too? I don't want to lower the front either
 

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I( know you said you don't want to talk about other brands but when I did my suspension 2 years ago I did extensive research 6 months earlier (when I was 375 lbs) including trying Progressives as well as Ohlin's and there was really no comparison (price either though unfortunately..).
I would tell you the difference was so extreme that if I wouldn't have tried the Ohlin 6's, I would have ended up buying a BMW which I never really was that into but I had decided that I couldn't run the RG the way I like to ride (admittedly very aggressive) and I would have put myself in danger. I have had the Ohlin's for 20000 miles now and they really are worth every penny even though they are definitely a lot of pennies...
Another great feature of them is that since I bought them I have lost 165 lbs and they were adjustable the entire trip. Not sure if that is the case with Progressives or not but if you are "on the program", make sure you check. The settings on my Ohlin's now as compared to a couple of years ago are night and day. If I couldn't have made those adjustments the shocks would have been anchors..
Really comes down to your riding style.
 

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I know their great, used to be into quads etc so I'm familier with them. But I can't fork that kind of money. I was looking into the 944s but I keep reading they are too firm. I need something to handle the weight but still have a good ride. Progressives are adjustable too, so throughout my weight loss I can tune accordingly.
 

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I would suggest you go to there website & check out the instructions on installation of either mono tubes or springs. Check in your HD Service Manual about the springs. Good luck.
 

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Shocks

Would like to know what you end up doing .... Having the same problem I'm 240 and my lady is 150 so riding 2up the shocks felt like they were bottoming out. Added more air and it is better but still not like I want.
 

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I cannot speak to the Progressive 444's but I have experience with the Progressive 440's.. The 440's were an improvement over the stock shock.. I'm about 250 and I preloaded them about a 3rd way down.. What I got tired of was changing the preload when going from 1 up to 2 up and back.. PITA... So I pulled them off and did the Monroe mod for less than 200 bucks..

If you want to try out these 440's (they are the 11.5") before you spend ya money on the 444's then you are welcome to try 'em out . They are just sitting in my garage collecting dust..
 

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CNM that's quite possible.. Are you willing to sell them if I like em? We also need to get together for another ride like we did last year up here around Frederick. Plus I owe you lunch since you bought last time ha.

I really want to do the Monroe mod but it's not a job I can tackle myself.
 

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CNM that's quite possible.. Are you willing to sell them if I like em? We also need to get together for another ride like we did last year up here around Frederick. Plus I owe you lunch since you bought last time ha.

I really want to do the Monroe mod but it's not a job I can tackle myself.
Sure.. I'd sell 'em if you wanted 'em.. Or, I'd help you with the Monroe mod.. It's really not that hard.. The hardest thing about it is getting the old bushings out of the Monroes.. I finially drilled 'em out.
Yea.. I'm good with doing another ride anytime..
 

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What do you want for them? I'd like to buy them if there available, thank you


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Lets see what Road8Glide wants to do.. I did offer it to him first... If I can talk him into the Monroe mod.. I'll be happy to sell them to you for a fair price.. Cool?
 

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CNM, you could easily talk me into the Monroe mod... If you come hangout one Saturday and help install it!!! I'll supply money, food/drink.. Lol. I kind of want to try the Monroe's first but I've really been digging the DIY air ride. I just don't spend a ton of time online so sourcing the parts I need would be a hassle for a non computer person. I've read the parts list and it confuses the crap out of me especially what fittings/bolts etc.
 

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CNM, you could easily talk me into the Monroe mod... If you come hangout one Saturday and help install it!!! I'll supply money, food/drink.. Lol. I kind of want to try the Monroe's first but I've really been digging the DIY air ride. I just don't spend a ton of time online so sourcing the parts I need would be a hassle for a non computer person. I've read the parts list and it confuses the crap out of me especially what fittings/bolts etc.
No problem.. I'll be happy to help.. If ya want,, you can give me a call and we'll talk about what ya need and I can help ya find them. I found most of my stuff at Amazon... The basic stuff is.. Shocks.. Pump.. Dump value.. and toggle switch.. I used a marine grade switch so I didn't need a relay.. If you want to use a Harley rocker switch.. then you'll need a relay.. Other than that.. the shocks come with plenty of 1/8" tubing.. you'll need fitings to connect everything.. Oh.. Do you want a gauge? I put mine where the air temp is in the fairing.. Give me a call.. We'll talk about it.
 

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No problem.. I'll be happy to help.. If ya want,, you can give me a call and we'll talk about what ya need and I can help ya find them. I found most of my stuff at Amazon... The basic stuff is.. Shocks.. Pump.. Dump value.. and toggle switch.. I used a marine grade switch so I didn't need a relay.. If you want to use a Harley rocker switch.. then you'll need a relay.. Other than that.. the shocks come with plenty of 1/8" tubing.. you'll need fitings to connect everything.. Oh.. Do you want a gauge? I put mine where the air temp is in the fairing.. Give me a call.. We'll talk about it.
Ok. Busy tonight. I'll call after work tomorrow if that's ok. I think I'd want a gauge there too. That temp gauge is damn near useless anyways. I got your PM. Thanks.

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Ok. Busy tonight. I'll call after work tomorrow if that's ok. I think I'd want a gauge there too. That temp gauge is damn near useless anyways. I got your PM. Thanks.

Jamie
Cool.. Talk to ya tomorrow..
 

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Yes. I currently have them on the bike. But only got a few miles on them Sunday. It's been raining non stop since Monday morning so I haven't had a chance to really try them and adjust them around to see how they are.
 
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