So what makes the 06+ FXDL a "Low Rider"?

Discussion in 'Dyna Models' started by Mr Bentwrench, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Mr Bentwrench

    Mr Bentwrench New Member

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    Looking at a bent '07 FXDL this afternoon. From my XL experience, the Sportster Low's and now Super Lows typically have a shorter rear shock and shorter fork tubes, damping rods and springs.

    I can find no official specs on the suspension for the '07 FXDL. I would suspect that the OEM rear shock is probably an 11"? Would the regular Super Glide have come with a 12"? What is the level of precision here. Is a 10.5" referred to an "11", or an 11.5" or a 12.5" referred to as a "12"?

    OEM fork tubes were 49mm and 26". If a 26", I would then assume that the Low Rider was just fitted with a shorter spring set for a drop. How much? Perhaps 2"?

    In short, because I am rebuilding the front end, I have some choices:
    > Slam it - 10" & low springs?
    > Stock Low Rider ride height - 11" and low springs?
    > Regular Dyna height - 12" and reg springs?
    > Sport ride height - sport 13.5", 28" tubes and sport springs? (FXDX?)

    Anyway... what I need now is really just how low WAS low for the last of the FXDL Low Riders? :unsure
     
  2. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    The '07 Low Rider and Street Bob seat height was advertised @ 26.8. The Super Glide was listed @ 27.8 (data from Bikez.com). Although I have a Dyna, I have not kept up with what was changed on all of the submodels. I'd guess shorter shocks and/or fork springs. Harley don't spend money to make 1" frame changes.
     
  3. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    In doing some research the HD p/n for '07 FXD & 07 FXDL have the same part #'s for the tubes & springs. The rear shocks are different. In looking at Drags book they show a 12.5" shock for the FXD/I and a 12.0" shock for the FXDL. HD doesn't show lengths in there parts look up.
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  4. Mr Bentwrench

    Mr Bentwrench New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. This was about what I was finding as well.

    So, the 'Low Rider' model simply had 1/2" shorter rear shocks! :lolrolling
     
  5. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    Seems that way to me.
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  6. SilverFoXD

    SilverFoXD Active Member Contributor

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    And possibly a lower, more scalloped seat.

    I have the 2007 model brochure and the photos show a different seat on each model. The Low Rider one appears to place the rider more into the bike.