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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-24-2019, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered my Progressive shocks

Just ordered my 12.5" Progressive 412 shocks. Should get them here on or about 3 January and should install them that first or second weekend of next month.

Man I am looking for a softer ride as my originals gave up the ghost and turned the bike into a hardtail.

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Shocks got here on time. Barring unforeseen circumstances, I should be able to start wrenching tomorrow.

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Saddlebags, hard mounted
Fork mounted tool bag (now hard mounted)
Relocated rear turn signals
LED turn signals, brake lights and running lights
LED license plate frame
Engine Guard and Highway pegs
National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers (nice)
Custom seat (made by a local guy)
Iridium plugs (DPR7EIX-9)
Shenko 230 Tour Master tires at 11,123 miles
Splines lubed at 11,123 miles
Luggage rack
Light bar with LED lights
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Took a half hour, 40 minutes tops from the time it went on the center stand, to the end of cleanup. Old ones popped off without having to even smack them while the Progressives slipped right on. The saddlebags did not enter into the operation.
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TOC MCCTs
Saddlebags, hard mounted
Fork mounted tool bag (now hard mounted)
Relocated rear turn signals
LED turn signals, brake lights and running lights
LED license plate frame
Engine Guard and Highway pegs
National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers (nice)
Custom seat (made by a local guy)
Iridium plugs (DPR7EIX-9)
Shenko 230 Tour Master tires at 11,123 miles
Splines lubed at 11,123 miles
Luggage rack
Light bar with LED lights
Progressive 412 shocks
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Yep. It was almost the most textbook, classroom kind of maintenance that I've ever done. Super easy.

Now the weather just needs to cooperate to see what it rides like. And so far, the weather is not cooperating.
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Saddlebags, hard mounted
Fork mounted tool bag (now hard mounted)
Relocated rear turn signals
LED turn signals, brake lights and running lights
LED license plate frame
Engine Guard and Highway pegs
National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers (nice)
Custom seat (made by a local guy)
Iridium plugs (DPR7EIX-9)
Shenko 230 Tour Master tires at 11,123 miles
Splines lubed at 11,123 miles
Luggage rack
Light bar with LED lights
Progressive 412 shocks
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Did you set the sag? Should be about 3/4.

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Apparently not since I don't know what you're referring to.

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Saddlebags, hard mounted
Fork mounted tool bag (now hard mounted)
Relocated rear turn signals
LED turn signals, brake lights and running lights
LED license plate frame
Engine Guard and Highway pegs
National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers (nice)
Custom seat (made by a local guy)
Iridium plugs (DPR7EIX-9)
Shenko 230 Tour Master tires at 11,123 miles
Splines lubed at 11,123 miles
Luggage rack
Light bar with LED lights
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Ah, the shocks should have a “preload” adjustment on them. This is usually a ramped collar underneath the bottom of the spring that rotates and allows you to compress the spring in increments.
Setting the sag is adjusting this collar so the shock compresses a certain amount when a load (your butt) is put on the bike.

Basically all you need to do is hold the bike upright without you weight on the bike, and measure the distance from the center of the upper shock mount nut to the ground. Then getting on the bike, feet up, (helps to have help holding the bike vertically) and taking the same measurement again. This simply gives you how much the bike “sags” or compresses when you are on the bike.

Ideally for a street bike this should be about 3/4”. I’ve read of various ways to get this measurement, from just having two to four folks to hold the bike up when you put your feet up, and one just using a tape measure, to attaching a laser and getting the distance from marks on the wall.

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Ok, well then, explained that way, yes, I did. The ramp allows different setting according to how much weight will be there or how you want the ride to be. I'm 230 to 240 lbs. I like the ride to be set to almost max. One notch down from max.

So yes, I did adjust that.

ADDITION: Perhaps I am incorrect, don't know, about the purpose behind the adjustments. I always viewed it as a "stiffness" adjustment as opposed to a ride-height adjustment. Either way, I adjusted it to where I adjusted it. Its going to be a long time before I can ride it anyway.

TOC MCCTs
Saddlebags, hard mounted
Fork mounted tool bag (now hard mounted)
Relocated rear turn signals
LED turn signals, brake lights and running lights
LED license plate frame
Engine Guard and Highway pegs
National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers (nice)
Custom seat (made by a local guy)
Iridium plugs (DPR7EIX-9)
Shenko 230 Tour Master tires at 11,123 miles
Splines lubed at 11,123 miles
Luggage rack
Light bar with LED lights
Progressive 412 shocks

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We'll see how it rides (EVENTUALLY since the weather here has sucked and will continue to suck for a long time) and if necessary adjust. I have no one to help me so sitting on it and measuring the shock mount lengths isn't going to happen.

TOC MCCTs
Saddlebags, hard mounted
Fork mounted tool bag (now hard mounted)
Relocated rear turn signals
LED turn signals, brake lights and running lights
LED license plate frame
Engine Guard and Highway pegs
National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers (nice)
Custom seat (made by a local guy)
Iridium plugs (DPR7EIX-9)
Shenko 230 Tour Master tires at 11,123 miles
Splines lubed at 11,123 miles
Luggage rack
Light bar with LED lights
Progressive 412 shocks
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