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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys being new to th VN world and never having ridden a cruiser before is the suspension on them soft and spongy, I took the bike out today to see how it ran after doing the carbs battery plugs airfilters oil change and stuff and it seemed very bouncy on the rear end, I got back and stripped the forks and replaced the seals that should help as one side was leaking, as I say it may be normal and just because I'm used to my Fazer, what are your thoughts.
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crappy stock shocks

These stock shocks are total shyte !. No adjustment or FA. Riding two up is a nightmare with them. I have just ordered a pair of new ones off ebay,i will let you know what they are like when i get them. They are MDI or something like that and are £55.95 plus p&p. ALL VN 750 STOCK SHOCKS ARE SHYTE.

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These stock shocks are total shyte !. No adjustment or FA. Riding two up is a nightmare with them. I have just ordered a pair of new ones off ebay,i will let you know what they are like when i get them. They are MDI or something like that and are £55.95 plus p&p. ALL VN 750 STOCK SHOCKS ARE SHYTE.
Hi Rev the shocks on mine have an air valve and 4 numbers for adjustment, yes let me know what those shocks are like I may have to invest
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Hi Rev the shocks on mine have an air valve and 4 numbers for adjustment, yes let me know what those shocks are like I may have to invest
yes,,4 setting and air valve !,,you got crappy stock shocks there !!...lol. will let you know what shocks are like when arrive,,hopefully tomorrow.

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New for 2012.
new filters(foam type)
replacement shocks(MDI)
Iridium plugs.
AGM battery(platinum)
brake pads(Kyoto)
(All on and running)
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How much you weigh?

Yes the stock shocks are crap, but given you have an 86, I'd say they sound wore out. Did you try adding any air to them? (don't use a high pressure air hose, use a hand pump)

Fill each side with about 10% of your weight....(if they still hold air)

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Hi Km about 190lbs will try adding a little air and see if that helps if not will find some better shocks from somewhere

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Progressive Suspension link:
http://www.progressivesuspension.com...41&modelID=452

Metric product line:
http://www.progressivesuspension.com...inemetric.html

The 412, 430 and 440 series fit the vn750 according to the chart.

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July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


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Can't complain at all about my stock shocks. I put 28 pounds of air in each shock, 3 setting for 2 up, 2 setting for solo. Rides very good. 14,000 miles on the bike 2001.

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Been reviewing the Progressive site tonight and now remember that the 412 series is the most economical at $299.95 for each shock, either standard or heavy duty.
Wow, $600 bucks for new shocks.
http://www.progressivesuspension.com...ies/index.html

CORRECTION POSTED FEB 18.
THE PRICE QUOTED IN THEIR CHECK OUT IS FOR A PAIR OF SHOCKS, NOT INDIVIDUAL PIECES!
SO THE SET OF SERIES 412 IS $299.95

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9127

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Keep a check on ebay, I put Harley shocks on mine, new take offs from a new bike, paid $70 I think. People allways changing Harley shocks, got 11.5 inch ones to lower the bike for the wife, no problems so far.

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