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Can anyone please tell me the rear shock length on the stock nightster. I am measuring 11" even center to center on the bike. Is this the proper way to measure? Or do I need to remove them from the bike and then measure. I want to order the progressive suspension 412's in black, but I want to make sure I order the correct product. I don't want to raise or lower the bike, just a better ride is what im after.
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alas!

i don't have the answer, but these guys do
http://www.nrhsperformance.com/

i ordered my black 412's from them and am very happy with the results!
give them a call, they'll be happy to help you out.
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Let us know what you find out, will you?
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Thanks for the info, I'll call on Monday morning when they open and place an order if they can answer my questions. I want the 412's standard rate in black and im guessing it's 11" length.
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its just like you measured.. 11" eye to eye. My nightster is now 12.5 eye to eye (progressive 412's)
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Thanks for the info, I'll call on Monday morning when they open and place an order if they can answer my questions. I want the 412's standard rate in black and im guessing it's 11" length.
Please post when you find out, cuz I'm having the same problem. I want to replace the shocks on the 1200N with 11" cuz that's what it measures on the bike. But, do they measure longer off the bike? If so, then if you order 11" shocks, will they be slightly shorter than 11" on the bike? I've been asking my dealer this, but they seem unable to give me an answer, cuz they say they don't have any laying around in stock to measure.
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I've got 11" 440s on my bike, and they measure 11" on the bike. If your shocks measure 11" on the bike, and you want the same ride height, 11" is what you want.
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I've got 11" 440s on my bike, and they measure 11" on the bike. If your shocks measure 11" on the bike, and you want the same ride height, 11" is what you want.
Thanks. 440s are what I wanted, but I was told that the IAS system doesn't work well below 12". And I think Progressive has a chart that shows the lowest they recommend on the Sportster is 11.5". How do you like yours...do they work as well as you expected?
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for what its worth my 12.5's look perfect on the bike as far as making it look "standard", i.e. pretty even... If you do 11-12", you should still have that lowered in the back look
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I'm not a big guy and one of the main reasons I put money down on a Niightster is because of the low seat height. I've only seen pictures (on this site) of Nightsters with 12" and 12.5" shocks, and from what I know so far , I would put 11.5" progressives on to keep the low seat height and get a better ride.
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