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I have this issue where I don't care about asking dumb questions. So here I go again. All I hear about is these progressive shocks....... What am I missing? What's the deal with these shock? Why are they so great? What do they do for ur bike? How do I decided which ones I should get. I'm in the process of making my bike look good and I was gonna just grab some chrome shocks but I was told I HAVE to get progressives. Someone please shed light on these for this newb.
 

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Its not so much that you HAVE to have Progressive because there are other brands out there, but, the fluid dampening and coil spring with the progressive suspension is far superior to the air. these are o my list of mods. Guy i ride with had em installed in Laconia on his SG. We rode all AM, and at lunch stopped at Meredith HD. he had new shocks put on and then we rode all afternoon. He said it is the #1 mod!! i have ridden his SG, and its like a caddy compared to the "clunky" feel i get from air. He had his lowered 3/4 witht he shocks as well. Then had the front Progressive monotubes put in which lowered front 1". it looks nice and rides nice. No nose dive when you hit front brake. I hate that!!!
 

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Progressive are just the popular choice of replacement shocks and springs. There are quite a few other good shocks out there. The issue most riders are trying to improve are the spongy Harley Air Shocks and front springs. Allot of people simply have allot of positive experiences with Progressive shocks. Personally I've have a set of progressive rear shocks on every bike I've owned with the exception of the first. They are reliable and have been a very positive experience for me. I've heard others with the same experience with other brands also.
 

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Thanks for the info guys. Ok so how do I go about selecting the rear shocks I want? I'm only 5 ' 6" and I'm putting 23 x 18's on my bike. Once again thanks again for ur time and input everyone!
 

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You need to decide f you want to lower it or stay at stock height. If you use shorter shocks to lower it you will usually loose travel and get a rougher ride. It my understanding that you dont want to go less than 11.5 or the tire may hit in the fender.

There are a lot of shocks out there and just as many opinions. Ohlins, HD premium, Progressive to name a few. The Progressive 940 will give you the travel of a full lenght shock but lower the bike to the same as a FLTRX. There are some Ohlins that will increase the travel and still lower your bike.

There is also a company that will rebild your stock HD Air shocks and shorten them for you

Do your research,
 

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I just install the front and rear Progressive shock on my RG. WOW what a differs in the ride. Like they say no more nose dives. The bike seem to ride a little bit stiffer, But still comfortably. Also it will lower it. I just didn't want to take a chance and one the line let go.
 
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