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Old 11-12-2012, 06:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Quick Review - Progressive 444s and Monotubes

Hello Everyone -

I recently (last week) had my Indie install a set of Progressive Monotube cartridges in my forks, and a set of 444s out back. I also switched out the OEM Dunlops for a set of Michelin Commander II tires, both front and rear. My '12 FLHTK had 10,250 miles on it at the time.

I took the Missus on a 200-mile ride through the Shenandoah yesterday (mix of highway and back roads, including a couple of meandering byways that made me think we were probably getting a little too close to someone's still) and all I can say is WOW!

Nose dive (my biggest problem with the stock suspension) is about 95% gone.

I had the Indie install the heavy duty springs on the rear shocks, and while the ride was definitely firmer, it was not uncomfortably so. My wife suffers from some nerve damage in her left shoulder/arm so bumps and bangs are a real problem for her, and even though we had the suspension set on the middle section (two clicks) she was amazed at the difference from the stock air suspension.

For anyone who may be considering this kind of upgrade, I say DO IT!
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good info, thanks for posting it and enjoy the ride.


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Old 12-15-2012, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you go with the heavy duty or standard springs cause I'm thinking of these too.I,m #175 and run solo most of the time Except for trips.
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I emailed progressive and for my set up 2013 flhtk. 50/50 solo/double riding and the fact that I'm a lard butt. They said the HD springs for the forks and 444hd for rear would work for me. I was asking about the 944hd but I don't want to lose any clearance. I'm hoping to have cash to upgrade in a month so good luck to me.

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Welcome to the Club!!!!! Love my Progressive suspension, one of the best upgrades I've done.
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Hello Everyone -

I recently (last week) had my Indie install a set of Progressive Monotube cartridges in my forks, and a set of 444s out back. I also switched out the OEM Dunlops for a set of Michelin Commander II tires, both front and rear. My '12 FLHTK had 10,250 miles on it at the time.

I took the Missus on a 200-mile ride through the Shenandoah yesterday (mix of highway and back roads, including a couple of meandering byways that made me think we were probably getting a little too close to someone's still) and all I can say is WOW!

Nose dive (my biggest problem with the stock suspension) is about 95% gone.

I had the Indie install the heavy duty springs on the rear shocks, and while the ride was definitely firmer, it was not uncomfortably so. My wife suffers from some nerve damage in her left shoulder/arm so bumps and bangs are a real problem for her, and even though we had the suspension set on the middle section (two clicks) she was amazed at the difference from the stock air suspension.

For anyone who may be considering this kind of upgrade, I say DO IT!
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Did you go with the heavy duty or standard springs cause I'm thinking of these too.I,m #175 and run solo most of the time Except for trips.
According to progressive they recommend the HD if your riding double or solo over 200lbs

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I put the 940's on last year and the mono tubes over the winter... it rides and handles 100 x better...
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a set of 944s on order for the rear. Hope I am doing the right thing. Was going to get the 444s but the deal was too good (549.00) on the 944s. I just hope clearance and stance are ok. Nothing for the front yet. 1800 miles on the bike.
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Welcome to the Club!!!!! Love my Progressive suspension, one of the best upgrades I've done.
Thats saying something with all the upgrades you have done!!!
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