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im seriously thinkin now that i will go with road king shocks and 1" lowering blocks, then i will get the 11" shock height i want, but with the better ride.
couple of questions:
1. are standard road king shocks 12" ?
2. spacers needed on an 03? (to clear beltguard)
3. what do u do with the airlines?
4. how do u pump them up / lower them? what device do u use?
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I believe the Road king, like the Electra glide use 13.5 shocks, the Street glide and the Road king custom use the shorter 12.5.
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In the Suspension Sticky Index, read the "7 Pages of Suspension". There are links to information about the RK air shocks.
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Here's what I did with the air lines.
Road King Stainless airline covers.

As for pumps, get one thats like the
Harley-Davidson Suspension Air Pump- 54630-03A
They can found on eBay for cheap.

Have a read through this thread.
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I have some stock Road King shocks that are 11.75" eye to eye.They are considered 11 1/2".I picked them up on Ebay for $40 and they don't leak air.I believe they come in 12 1/2" and 11 1/2" .
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The ones I got, because they were brand new and within 20 mi. of me & $40 were as per the sellers measurements 12-3/4" eye to eye, I just put them on and added schrader valves & air and all has seemed well so far, and yes I had to use spacers as I think most do...
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As for pumps, get one thats like the
Harley-Davidson Suspension Air Pump- 54630-03A
They can found on eBay for cheap.

Have a read through this thread.
Road King Shock Install Pictures
Thanks. A great thread with very helpful pics.
I would like to find some 11.5 or 12" chrome ones, and then put them with a 1" lowering block.
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im seriously thinkin now that i will go with road king shocks and 1" lowering blocks, then i will get the 11" shock height i want, but with the better ride.
couple of questions:
1. are standard road king shocks 12" ?
2. spacers needed on an 03? (to clear beltguard)
3. what do u do with the airlines?
4. how do u pump them up / lower them? what device do u use?
Thanks
standard RK are 13" or so
i used 2 washers on 3 and 3 washers on the lower right side
electa glide shocks are 12"
i hid mine under the seat and have the filler valve to the front right of my seat
i use a progressive suspensions pump its lower pressure so it more accurate after all they only get pumped to about 10psi so why have a pump that goes to 60
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standard RK are 13" or so
i used 2 washers on 3 and 3 washers on the lower right side
electa glide shocks are 12"
i hid mine under the seat and have the filler valve to the front right of my seat
i use a progressive suspensions pump its lower pressure so it more accurate after all they only get pumped to about 10psi so why have a pump that goes to 60
so im lookin for glide take-offs...thanks!
yeh makes sense bout the pump.
so u can pretty much put the lines and valve anywhere, that's good
what about my mini compressor that u plug into the cig lighter? would that work?
is the valve a standard car tyre connection?
I already have 1/4" spacers on for my existing dyna shocks - should be bout right for clearance?
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so im lookin for glide take-offs...thanks!
yeh makes sense bout the pump.
so u can pretty much put the lines and valve anywhere, that's good
what about my mini compressor that u plug into the cig lighter? would that work?
is the valve a standard car tyre connection?
I already have 1/4" spacers on for my existing dyna shocks - should be bout right for clearance?
To me, a mini compressor would be too much. All you need is a bike pump. I got one at Wally World for $10 and its about 8 inches long so I can stuff it in my bags.
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