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Progressive softtail shocks

Discussion in 'Brakes / Suspension' started by liferider, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. liferider

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    Here you go two pics
     

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    And how wide they are 2.5"
     

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    I bought these last year
     
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    Here is the model and yes this is a 04 chopper left side drive, and yes Progressive still makes them I just called J&P Cycle
     

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    Sorry the bike was dirty went riding Sunday and got caught in the rain! Ha ha! But these are the shocks you need for your bike! Trust me, I'm right!!!!!
     
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    Thanks for the info liferider now I know which one to stock for the 04 and older softtails.
     
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    Your welcome! That's what this site is all about!
     
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    Hows the T working out for you so far.
    Been thinking about doing it myself
     
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    GREAT!!!! No more night sweats, no more loss of energy! No more loss of muscle mass! 2 yrs ago I was bench pressing 300pounds. Around april of last yr I was maxing out at 280 then 250! We could not figure the strength loss. Also I was gaining a gut, and I eat VERY healthy! My wife has us Gludden free and she cooks extremely healthy! It was the low T. I have been on it since November now have lost my gut, maxing out again at 300 pounds! But I feel healthy again!
     
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    This is the pic i am looking for! ha thanks man they fit but they are close.

    Is yours a RT or a Daytech? and does it matter i wonder? (different swing arm mounts?)

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    Does not matter. Both take the same shocks! Mitten when you order them, the model you want are Progressive model #422-4001. Also remember Progressive does not sell to the public BUT there are some great members on this site who have bike shops and stores who can save you money when you order them.
     
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    I dont want the heavy duty ones, so the part number is 422-4035c

    I am 210-220 average and my girl that once in a blue moon rides is 135-140. Progressive told me to stick with the regular ones.

    My question on the frame was more because if the tube / spacer (between the shocks that the bolt goes through) is not the same length on the DT and RT frames this could cause them not to fit side by side. I understand they use the same shock, but when putting these fater caned shocks that could matter. BUT hoping for the best.

    there is a forum member I am trying to buy a set off of, we will see how they work.
     
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    :bang: they will fit!
     
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    Thanks guys, Now if the forum member will respond to my email.

    Maybe it will ride like a caddy and still look like a chopper.
     
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    Our weight is not that far off. Your weight total is 345 on the light side. I weigh 235 and my wife weight is 115 = 350. I have the heavy duty shocks and they move. For what it's worth : I go with experiance over a catalog recommendation every time! Our weight is very close and we ride the same model and year bike. Do what ever Mitten, but I enjoy the ride and the smoothness of the heavy duty. Just my $.02 worth. My dad told me years ago free advice is just that......FREE! But I'll listen to a 65 yr old non collage graduate who retired from the airforce after 30 yrs as a engine mechanic before I listen to a fresh out of MIT collage graduate in Aerospace Engineering about how to mount a prop on a 10 year old airplane! :roll:
     
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    I agree man. If I was looking at brand new I would consider the options.

    But I am trying to purchase a set of progressive 6220940002. they are the same dimensions as 422 so if the 422's bolt up these will as well. They have the same valving internally as well.

    BUT that part number is differnt becasue it was a stock part for an American Ironhorse Legend. I have talked to progressive and they should work. but they are the same as the light duty.
    trying to replace on a budget.
     
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    Well member hit me back,

    Set of shockes, spanner wrench, and new bushings should be headed my way in a few days when he gets back. I paid for them.
     
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    so anyone else have any advice where to start as far as preload?

    I plan to have ride height all the way up to give me the most travel. I will keep it high as possible untill I see where I like the preload, then start slowly dropping the bike over time until I can feel the bump stops on things, then come back up a little. That is IF I even lower the bike looks greal slammed but the point of buying a softail was for a ok ride

    you have a total of 5 turns of adjustment. 0 being soft, 5 being hard.

    Big Bear said he rides at level 2 But if he rode solo all the time he would probably go down another turn he is 205 lbs, and about 120lbs girl on back
    Liferider said he rides at Level 0 But has the heavy duty springs and weigh 242pounds.

    anyone else have suggestions? Progressive told me bike should sag 3/4 inch when I sit on it. That is my plan just curious your thoughts
     
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    put it on 2. take a ride with your wife. LET HER DECIDE! To soft and she will bottom out. To hard and she will jar her vertibrate and beat you! Like I said put it on 2 and take her for a ride, ajust it to 3 and take her for another ride. you ac complish 2 things. #1 asking her input on your bike, something guys usually do not do. This is big Brownie points. #2 your actually getting a good idea on what your wide will be like.
     

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