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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-03-2006, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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progressive 412. comments anyone?

anyone using these? how do you like them?
is there drastical improvement over correctly tuned stock?

not that i'm unhappy with stock, but i might get some discount on
412's so i'm playing with the idea.

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The PO put progressive shocks on my '95 and I haven't ridden my '03 so I don't know what difference the shocks make. Maybe we should get together (we don't live that far apart) so you can compare

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anyone using these? how do you like them?
is there drastical improvement over correctly tuned stock?

not that i'm unhappy with stock, but i might get some discount on
412's so i'm playing with the idea.
I have 412's on the rear and springs on the front and love the ride... Huge improvement over OEM... If you ever get up to Crystal Lake, you can take my VN750 out for a spin to see the difference...


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Take your Vulcan out for a spin? Isn't that the one you rode nekkid on?

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Take your Vulcan out for a spin? Isn't that the one you rode nekkid on?
Same bike, different seat. The nekid seat is in a box in the rafters of the garage. Want it???


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wow! thanks guys. thats a very nice offer. i actually wanted to suggest/arrange some kind of a ride, maybe to Galena (just an example) but somehow a lot of my and my SO's relatives are born this month and would like us to attend. I also discovered that if you marry in August your anniversary will be also in, yep,august - in the middle of riding season! how crazy is that. so there is another weekend falling of.

bulldog, i plan on attending the next meeting in Arlington hieghts so maybe then. thanks again

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followup...
i'm trying to figure out if my shocks are going bad so i have the perfect excuse to get the 412's. so far i released all the air from the shocks and set it to 2'nd position ( i weight 160 vs ~280 previos owner) and it got much better but it still feels very bouncy. was at dealership yesterday tried to "jump" on couple of bikes and it felt like the shock is resisting the up and down motion (like it is supposed to do). tried it the same on mine and the resistance felt considerably weaker. what would be the proper way to test the rear shocks?

yestrday as i was braking (can't say very hard) i hit a small bump and bottomed out my front - not pleasant, so i'm really considering to install the front ones. are front springs replaceble in home garage conditions?

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yestrday as i was braking (can't say very hard) i hit a small bump and bottomed out my front - not pleasant, so i'm really considering to install the front ones. are front springs replaceble in home garage conditions?
Yes, they can be done at home... http://www.bulldogsbike.com/forkseals.htm

If you want, we can do them at my garage one day...

Chad, you up for Fork Seal Replacement V2???


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wow! thanks guys. thats a very nice offer. i actually wanted to suggest/arrange some kind of a ride, maybe to Galena (just an example) but somehow a lot of my and my SO's relatives are born this month and would like us to attend. I also discovered that if you marry in August your anniversary will be also in, yep,august - in the middle of riding season! how crazy is that. so there is another weekend falling of.

bulldog, i plan on attending the next meeting in Arlington hieghts so maybe then. thanks again
Chad and I are planning a Windy City VROC Starved Rock run on Sunday, October 1st if you are interested... Damn September is already booked solid...


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Yes, they can be done at home... http://www.bulldogsbike.com/forkseals.htm

If you want, we can do them at my garage one day...

Chad, you up for Fork Seal Replacement V2???
Let me know when and keep the beer cold
I still need to do mine, I might get them and we can have a spring party.
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