More cornering clearance on an FXD?

Discussion in 'Dyna Models' started by PaulJr, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. PaulJr

    PaulJr Member

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    Just got the 1k service done on the FXD and absolutely love it. Only fly in the ointment was the other day going aroung a right hander with the wife and finding something hard on the ground which got the back tire right light on the road:( I have a 13" Bitubo and heavier front spring on the way from Traxxion Dynamics but was wondering what bits are going to drag first on left and right sides. Was assumming the pegs would touch down first, guess not. Any suggestions?
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Part of the deal with Two-Up ride is to crank up the shock preload and if you have air valves in the forks to add a bit up there too. It is easy in the spirit of the moment that you are not riding solo and heel that bike over a lot without counter leaning to allow the bike to stand up straighter, with your body on the inside and feet pushing on the outside peg/board...ground clearance is not good when you lose 2 or 3" fully laden with passenger and gear.

    As a more permanent solution...new Progressive or Air Shocks will allow you the preload adjustment to gain what you lose with Two-Up riding...but the front requires a Progressive stiffer spring change, slightly thicker oil, and perhaps air valve/caps to put up to 10-15PSI to gain an extra inch adjustability. You might want to determine what is hitting the hard deck and gain about an inch by adjusting things up and inwards to allow larger lean angle, but your solo riding experience has already probably eaten up most of that...i.e. I cut 1/8" rubber off the jiffy stand bumper and gain about 3/8"on left, as it tucks in closer; rearranged the exhaust clamp holddown hardware and gained about 3/8" on the right.
     
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  3. PaulJr

    PaulJr Member

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    Thanks, I'll give some of that a try.
     
  4. p51bombay

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    Stock pipes? If so its that bracket that ties the two pipes together that drags - longer shocks will fix it. I put on standard length (12.75") HD touring shocks, part number 54565-09 and run 20psi 2 up........nothing drags, rides pretty nice too.

    2010 FXDC