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Old 07-11-2008, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Don't lower your 08 Road King - Lower your stock seat!

I'm a bit vertically challenged. I bought a new 08 Road King and struggled to get my feet flat on the ground. I also struggled to reach the bars while "laying back" in the seat on a long ride. After researching lowering kits, new bars, reach seats, Mustang seats, etc. I called a guy who does custom upholstery and also rides his Harley alot - like already has 20,000 miles on his new 08 Road Glide this year! Trust me he knows seats! I brought him my seat and back rest. He took my stock seat and shaved it down, narrowed it, put memory foam in it, and even re-did my wife's back rest with a nice lumbar support. She loves it! When I installed the newly formed stock seat on my bike, I also ended up loosing the handle bars and pulling them toward me an inch. I'm now cruising in style. No more wobble at stop lights, no more legs spread out so far that my that I feel like my crotch would rip, and my wife no longer has to ride with a small pillow in her back. I'm the happiest guy in the world right now. I'm also glad I didn't buy a new seat and have a worthless stock seat laying around. The guy lives in Monrose, MN. He does custom canvas work on marine applications and Harley seats "on the side". He wants to make it part of the business. He could have done this over the phone and just mailed him my seat but I live an hour away so we met in person. Nice guy - knows Harley up and down - been ridin' for years. He has already done dozens of 08 Road King seats - guess it's a common problem. By the way, I have a 30" inseam. I'm 5' 8". I'm now at least an inch closer to the ground and much closer to the bars. His business name Canvas Works. Ask for Duane Smith. He has a website. I won't give out his cell number without permission.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A friend of mine with an 05 Ultra had the same thing done to his seat and loves it as much as you do. So not just for lowering but just for more comfort, it also makes sense. Like you said it cost the same or less than a new seat and you dont have an extra seat taking up room in your garage. Enjoy that 08!
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Help! Bought a lowered road king

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I just bought a beautiful 03 road king. The previous owner was a short guy & had the bike lowered. I do not know if the front was lowered but I do know that he had progressive shocks put on the back. I have bottomed out a couple of times one up and cannot ride two up at all. The dealership that I bought the bike from is going to give me a pair of original air shocks. Can the progressive shocks be adjusted or should I just go back to the orginal air shocks? HELP!!

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Old 08-16-2008, 01:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just bought a beautiful 03 road king. The previous owner was a short guy & had the bike lowered. I do not know if the front was lowered but I do know that he had progressive shocks put on the back. I have bottomed out a couple of times one up and cannot ride two up at all. The dealership that I bought the bike from is going to give me a pair of original air shocks. Can the progressive shocks be adjusted or should I just go back to the orginal air shocks? HELP!!

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Those stock air shocks will do fine If your hitting bottom I dont believe you can adjust em enough (if there is adjustment) and going back with stock you got more travel anyway. Then I'd find out for sure what you got going on in front too.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I believe this is their web site: http://www.canvasworksincmn.com/index.html
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hey has anyone else had a seat lowered buy canvas works ? i have a 2008 flhrc .
just found out most vendors like mustang who make the lowdown seat don't make seats for 2008? because it has diffrent mmounting
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ill trade you my stock shocks

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I just bought a beautiful 03 road king. The previous owner was a short guy & had the bike lowered. I do not know if the front was lowered but I do know that he had progressive shocks put on the back. I have bottomed out a couple of times one up and cannot ride two up at all. The dealership that I bought the bike from is going to give me a pair of original air shocks. Can the progressive shocks be adjusted or should I just go back to the orginal air shocks? HELP!!

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I'll trade you my stock shocks for your lowered ones
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I also have an 08 flhrc. Not having a height issue, I found the stock seat very good, but my wife said the passenger portion was like sitting on the narrow side of a 2x4. The sundowner seat fixed that. Did your customizing include any changes to the passenger pad?
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