How do I know if my rear shocks need adjusted?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by DaveInPA, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. DaveInPA

    DaveInPA Frozen Account

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    So, here's the deal. I don't know if I need to adjust the rear shocks on my XL883 or not. I'm 244 pounds, if that's important info. When I go over a bump, I feel like I don't have much "absorbing" going on under me. Feels like its a pretty rough ride that could be smoother. What do you guys think?
     
  2. hjacobson1

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    Assuming you purchased your 883 new, you paid somewhere between $7,000 and $8,000 for your ride. Money well spent in my eyes, but unfortunately, HD only used about $10.00 of that purchase price to provide you with a suspension. In short, your bike looks like it has a real suspension, but that's where it ends.

    Hobbit is 100% correct (again). I replaced my suspension with Progressive Suspension components and never looked back. My Nightster suspension now has controlled dampening and rebound, not to mention that I got the all black shocks and the looks are great. Up front, I replaced the fork springs again with progressive units and the results were great! Takes a little coin, but well worth the changes! I can now ride my Nightster tank to tank and can still walk afterwards! (My weight nearly the same as yours).
     
  3. Sharky1948

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    Yep, put the Progressives (rear and front) on my XL1200C. My wife and I (total weight: 300lbs) ride pretty comfortably with it cranked to the stiffest. Only the worst bumps cause a spine cracker!

    That said, I'm looking forward to taking delivery of our '09 Road King!
     
  4. glider

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    Taking bets on how long the sporty lasts after the RK gets home :D
     
  5. DaveInPA

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    Ok well I don't have the money right now to be putting new suspension on my bike.

    It feels like the rear shocks bottom out from time to time. Should I have them stiffen them a bit while the bike is in for the 1,000 mile service tomorrow morning?