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Old 29th May 2012
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I love my Iron, but the ride sucks compared to my sports bike (never thought I'd say that). I've been doing some research on different rear shocks or any suspension adjustments I can make, but I wanted to see what you all have on your bikes and thoughts. I need to do something soon, I was driving down the highway, hit a bump and literally popped out of my seat. I'd be up for anything that doesn't raise the high of the bike (5'3" here). Thanks all!
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How much do you weigh? What kind of riding do you do? How much money do you want to spend?

Read the "7 Pages of Suspension" in the Suspension Sticky Section Index. Options range from cheap to expensive. Be sure to read about Ricor Intiminators for the forks. Ricor IAS shocks are expensive, but are top of the line.
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Progressive 412's are good, not the best but a marked improvement for sure. Available in different lengths too
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I would highly suggest not to listen to anybody whose best suspension recommendation is to hold on. But when all else fails, it is good advice.
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I'm 160 and mostly hide country roads but sometimes highway. Occasionally I ride with a passenger. Holding on is what I've been doing, not fun. Anyone usin anything beside progressive shocks?
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The height will limit you more than anything - most decent shocks are going to be at least 11 3/4"... Do you have an idea on what you would like to spend?
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Welcome to the forum!

I have Road King air shocks.
Read the 7 pages as suggested.
Seriously, this topic has been covered once a week.
I too came off a sport bike to a 2010 (lumber wagon) Iron 883.
The RK shocks have a way better ride!
If you go up an inch, you gain some travel and comfort at the same time. I was bottoming out with the stock shocks and I only weigh 190-ish with gear on. I'm not busting on you, but are you all torso or legs for your height? My wife is 5'3" and is all torso, I will have her sit on mine and see where here feet are.
Progressive 412s are over-priced stock units that offer little improvement in ride quality. I bought stock length Progressives and took them off for the RK air shocks. Maybe 1" longer ones would help but the RK shocks are cheap and the the rubber shock condoms match the front.
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What size are the stock shocks? I don't want the bike to be any taller. If I can keep it under $500 I will be happy but I really just want the best ride. I'm kinda a do it once do it right kinda person.
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RK shocks can be purchased for $40-80 on ebay all the time.
Stock Iron shocks are 11"
I bought a set of 13" shocks and scored a 1" lowering kit for $20. I have $60 into my whole RK shock set-up.
The increase in suspension travel helped out too.

Another benefit is when I ride 2-up with my son, I just add a little air and I'm still riding comfortably.
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