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12 FXdwg spring and shock upgrade recommendations.

Hi all, I am curious what would be a good spring and shock upgrade for my 12 wideglide, so that when my wife and I ride together the bike stops bottoming out. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
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I have a 12 WG, I don't have any recommendations but have you set your shocks with the spanner tool to the highest setting?

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I have a 12 WG, I don't have any recommendations but have you set your shocks with the spanner tool to the highest setting?

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Yea I have it adjusted to its tightest setting. Sadly didn't make much of a difference.
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The name Progressive shocks have been mentioned in a positive light on the forum. Not sure if they have on that will fit your bike/model/year.
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Also, the service manual does say the bike has a maximum add on weight of 417 pounds. I weigh around 250, wife 150 so we are already close.

If we tour the country, we may have to buy/rent a touring bike. Of course I could stand to lose 50 pounds.
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Also, the service manual does say the bike has a maximum add on weight of 417 pounds. I weigh around 250, wife 150 so we are already close.

If we tour the country, we may have to buy/rent a touring bike. Of course I could stand to lose 50 pounds.

We couldn't be more similar, my wife and I weigh exactly the same. I tightened the shocks all the way this year and all it really helped with was how much it bottomed out, didn't stop it from bottoming out at all. I have been looking into a few brands I have been reading about, Progressive was one and Ohlins was the other. Just trying to see who might have had experience with either one of these brands or any other brand that they could recommend.
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Ohlins is better than Progressive, but you're gonna pay for em.


For the front however, I highly recommend Progressive's Monotubes.

http://www.progressivesuspension.com...preload-adjust

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Ohlins is better than Progressive, but you're gonna pay for em.


For the front however, I highly recommend Progressive's Monotubes.

http://www.progressivesuspension.com...preload-adjust

Thanks for the recommendation Kainam.
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Look into the Ohlins. Yes, they are pricey but I don't regret what I spent on mine 8 years ago. They've paid for themselves in comfort and performance. You have to ask yourself (and your wife) what it's worth not to constantly bottom out and slam into every expansion strip.
There are several versions. I suggest you talk to Howard at Motorcycle Metal. Explain your riding situation and he will build the shocks based on your needs. http://www.motorcyclemetal.com/

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Look into the Ohlins. Yes, they are pricey but I don't regret what I spent on mine 8 years ago. They've paid for themselves in comfort and performance. You have to ask yourself (and your wife) what it's worth not to constantly bottom out and slam into every expansion strip.
There are several versions. I suggest you talk to Howard at Motorcycle Metal. Explain your riding situation and he will build the shocks based on your needs. Index
I called over and talked to Howard yesterday. Ordered my new Ohlins Blackline shocks today. Thanks for the advice.
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