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What rear shock absorbers do you prefer?

I noticed one of the shocks leaking on my 02 RKC this week and the consensus is to upgrade. I briefly considered buying a used stock one on ebay but am thinking now the Progressives, as recommended. I'm thinking the 430 series, pricey though. Any opinions on these? I'll probably opt for the stock 13"(?) length but am tossed as to black or chrome yet. What's desirable for spring rate, or the factors?

Who's got some, where did you get them and what did you pay?
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Progressives ROCK. There is no spring rate setting because the are progressive shocks.

Yes they are pricey but they are worth every dollar.

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I think I put progressive 944s on my road king they were worth every penny.
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Progressives ROCK. There is no spring rate setting because the are progressive shocks.

Yes they are pricey but they are worth every dollar.
On the 430 series in the link above you specify several options when ordering, one a spring rate as standard or heavy duty. I read in the comments, after asking, that the standard is targetted for riders 220lbs or less that primarily ride solo. Heavy duty otherwise.
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I ended up with these after checking, Progressive Suspension 13" 944 FST Ultra Touring Series Standard Duty Shocks, If you google them sometimes there put on a one day sale. Check with eastern performance cycles, that's where I got mine.
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What rear shock absorbers do you prefer?

If you have the Harley Showa shocks on that year bike you can re-valve them and save yourself some bucks on the front end work. I like air ride on the back.
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I just ordered a set of progressive 444. I'll save the old ones and probably attempt to revalve/rebuild them, for posterity if nothing else. Given that I've noticed no difference in the ride with the leaky one I can't say they've been working right in the three years I've had them. I'm at least expecting an improvement with the new ones. I suspect also I'm looking at an upgrade if not at least a fluid change in the front not too far down the road.
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I just ordered a set of progressive 444. I'll save the old ones and probably attempt to revalve/rebuild them, for posterity if nothing else. Given that I've noticed no difference in the ride with the leaky one I can't say they've been working right in the three years I've had them. I'm at least expecting an improvement with the new ones. I suspect also I'm looking at an upgrade if not at least a fluid change in the front not too far down the road.
Thinking about upgrading my rear shocks as well. Where did you end up getting your 444's from and how much do they want for them. Did you stay with the stock height? I'm thinking about dropping the rear 1" with whatever shocks I get, but afraid it will mess with the handling. I like the way my '03 RKC handles in the twistys, just want to unharsh my ride a bit.

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I ordered them through a local shop, paid a little more than I would've online but I don't mind keeping some of the independents operating at this time of year. He'll install them anyway unless I run into weather before they get here next week in which case I'll just go get them and put them on myself. I think the link above listed mine for about $480.
I stayed with the stock 13" height. I'm comfortable with that.
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Put the shocks in today. A bit stiffer ride but improved stability. Going to ring it out a bit tonight.
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