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Old 18th December 2018
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I have been looking for the right suspension to run on my 2011SG for both comfort and performance. The stock front end had a tendency to dive too much during braking and didn't handle bumps all that well. The rear 12" air shocks bottomed out unless I ran a lot of pressure and they rode HARSH over bumps sometimes giving me a sharp pain in my back when hitting a large bump. I weigh about 270lbs. and almost always ride only one up as my wife has her own bike.

I went with Progressive monotubes in the front forks which solved my front end issues. The rear proved to be a bit of a process. I first tried changing the oil weight which made only a very small change if any. I then tried a set of 11.5" Progressive 440's I found used at a good price. Unfortunately they had the heavy duty springs and combined with the short travel they were no improvement to speak of. A friend had a set of stock 13" Road Glide Ultra shocks which I changed the oil in and ran. Substantial improvement but still not great.

I finally took the plunge and bought a set of Ohlins from the great folks at Fuel Moto. Ohlins only makes the FLHX stock length shock (12") in a base model emulsion type shock. I wanted the mid range Ohlins so I went with the 13" model HD 159 https://mechanicfaq.com/shocks-for-harley-touring/. While they are not inexpensive they are fantastic. My first rides have been pain free and the bike handles great, especially on the bumps. I have hit lots of bumps and railroad tracks and have yet to bottom out or feel pain. I'm going to stop finding crappy road to test them on and give them my thumbs up. Thanks Fuel Moto for another worthwhile purchase.
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Went with the base model Ohlins HD136E for my Sportster and agree...expensive but worth it, also got them from Fuel Moto. Good looking and rebuildable too...
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I wanted the Ohlins so I went with the 13" model HD 159 http://hydraulicsuspension.com/best-...rley-davidson/. While they are not inexpensive they are fantastic. My first rides have been pain free and the bike handles great, especially on the bumps. I have hit lots of bumps and railroad tracks and have yet to bottom out or feel pain. I'm going to stop finding crappy road to test them on and give them my thumbs up.
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