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Just got Progressive 412 - 11" shocks for my wife's 883 Low.

What is the proper procedure to install them. I don't have the HD tech manual. It looks simple enough......But, I've damaged enough stuff to know better.

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I find the easiest way is if you have a bike lift/stand of some kind.

I use this combined with a small jack under the cast peice that the rear brake master cylinder bolts to..





Make sure you loosen the nut first on the lower shock bolt. If you try to undo the bolt before you loosen the nut you could strip the stoopid torx drive thingo which is a size "50".
The top bolt is also really tight so go carefully.

Once you have the old shocks removed just adjust the jack height to suit the length of the new shocks so they line up with the holes.

Reassemble using whatever combination of spacers and washers works for you.
I use this combination for the lower mount but there are several different ways that all work well.

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Also remember that if you take off both shocks at the same time the rear wheel will fall a few inches. If possible just do one side at a time.

Don't forget to check the tightness of the belt when you are done.
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Also remember that if you take off both shocks at the same time the rear wheel will fall a few inches.
I use the jack to keep the rear wheel just touching the ground so I can take both off together.
It makes it easier to fit shocks that differ in length from standard.

I removed 13.25" shocks and lowered the jack to shorten the distance between mounts to 12" so my new shocks just fit straight on with no wrestling
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Gronk,

You say, "Make sure you loosen the nut first on the lower shock bolt. If you try to undo the bolt before you loosen the nut you could strip the stoopid torx drive thingo which is a size "50". The top bolt is also really tight so go carefully."

OK, I see the bottom mount has the Torx bolt going into the nut. Is the top mount threaded directly into the chrome fender support??

Oh yeah, how about the proper tourque setting?

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OK, I see the bottom mount has the Torx bolt going into the nut. Is the top mount threaded directly into the chrome fender support??

Oh yeah, how about the proper tourque setting?

Rick
Yes it is.

Still looking for the torque spec.

I'll tell ya this, I didn't torque mine. Just blue lock-tite.
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Okay, found it, from the MoCo service manual (if you don't have one, get one )

45-50 ft lbs for top and bottom.
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OK, I see the bottom mount has the Torx bolt going into the nut. Is the top mount threaded directly into the chrome fender support??

Oh yeah, how about the proper tourque setting?
The fender support is a cast section with a chrome cover and yes the bolt just screws straight in.

Torque? I never bother with torque settings on bolts like that. Just a bit of blue loctite and do it good and firm. NOT stupid tight like they come from the factory.
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good thread guys.
I watch for all these how to's and document them in case.
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Thanks for the thread guys - I'm printing it off. This is my next modification.

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