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Due to the crappy rough roads around here I'd like to get the most comfortable ride possible on my 2004 Rubbermount with mid controls. What front end and rear end options should I be looking at for the best ride comfort wise without spending a ton of money?

Im currently running the stock fork springs but Im thinking of putting the progressive springs back in. And for the rear Im thinking of getting 12" to 13" progressive 412's or something around the $500-600 mark.

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IMO 412s aren't gong to be much improvement on the stock shocks. I'd go for 444s instead, or preferably Öhlins. I had the Öhlins # HD 745 shocks (11.65" long) on my '05 Custom, and they were better than Progressive 440s (predecessor or the 444s), and, over here at least, slightly cheaper.
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I got progressive fork springs & 430 shocks on my 883R.Also put a Mustang wide vintage seat on. Managed a 370 mile day last year on my East Anglian adventure!
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IMO anything is better than the OEM shocks and springs. If you want 'plush' then go with long travel shocks and put those Progressive springs in the forks. As for seats, that's a very personal thing and the biggest crap shoot. I've found OEM seats to be more comfortable than $700 aftermarket seats.
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Fuel Moto has the Ohlins shocks for around $575. If you go to the 13 1/4" length (HD 716) you can get a total of 4" of rear shock travel. The 11 1/2 inch shocks (HD 745) only have 2.8 inches of travel.

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Find a set of Road King shocks, normally $100 or so. I have enjoyed mine and they compliment my fork build well. In the forks I put Ricor intiminators, Race Tech weight specific springs and Amsoil 5w fork oil. Rides great to me, and we have some of the worst roads around, here in my home state of SC according to my east coast travels.

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Oli1200, how much do you weigh? As suggested, for plush you need to consider longer shocks with smooth damping like Ohlins.
Go for 13' rather than 12" shocks. Progressive 444 are good for what they are but not exactly plush as the damping ramps
up appreciably on bumpy surfaces.

Forks really benefit from a shim stack converter like Ricor Intiminators. They offer a much more subtle ride over rough surfaces
than damper rods offer.

Even tyres can make a difference. I recently fitted the newish Bridgestone H50s and they ride really smoothly.
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I weigh about 175lbs. Thanks for the responses. You'll all laugh but I rode on rigid struts for years and currently run them again for the slammed look. I know just dumb. So definitetly looking into some plush riding. I'm sick of being jolted around. hahah
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Well if youve been riding around on struts anything will feel better, you do not have to buy $600 shocks, I perchased some $160 shocks from J&P and then mounted a spring seat, now to some not the best looking combo, but the ride is plush, almost like floating, and who gives a rats a$$ what others think.

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