Progressive Shocks versus New Two Up Shocks for the Nightster

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by Dudz, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. Dudz

    Dudz Member

    9
    11
    0
    Howdy,

    I was going to get some different rear shocks for my nightster. My spine has been crushed too many times and I would like to be able to ride comfortably with a passenger at times. I was going to get Progressives (not sure what size) but it seems Harley has there own version that is cheaper by about 40 bucks or so. Anyone have any advice? Anyone tried the Harley ones? Thanks!

    dudz
     
  2. Sharky1948

    Sharky1948 Junior Member

    640
    28
    2
    I put progressives on my Custom. (11.5" as I recall...std length, in any case) I'm 180lbs and my wife is 120lbs. Locally we ride it with the pre-load cranked up to 5. On the highway, 4 is more comfortable. Except for the occasional bottom out, it's been a real blessing.
     
  3. hjacobson1

    hjacobson1 Active Member

    107
    26
    0
    HD knows how to make motorcycles. Progressive knows how to make shock absorbers. I have progressive units on both my street bikes (Nightster, Honda Shadow Aero) and could not be happier. The HD shocks are cheaper for a reason...
     
  4. The Bad Man's Angel

    The Bad Man's Angel Active Member

    112
    26
    0
    I've got Progressive 412s on the way for my 883L
     
  5. ChromePrincess

    ChromePrincess New Member

    4
    11
    0
    I have Progressive 412's on my 08 Sportster 883 Custom. I really like mine a lot, especially after I stepped them up, it's a night and day difference. Can't recommend them enough.
     
  6. Manualshift

    Manualshift Account Removed

    6
    0
    0
    Hi everyone.
    I have a related question. I would like to replace rear shocks on my Forty-Eight and I am quite sold on Progressive. My question is: should I get the same exact length of my HD originals or would you recommend to go slightly longer? I don't want to change the geometry or design of the bike. Just looking for a more plush ride.
    Thanks!
     
  7. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

    5,704
    153
    255
    You should be able to get the desired effect by the choice of spring installed on shock. Call progressive and have a discussion with them and I am sure they can get you the proper set up you are looking for.