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Rear preload settings

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  1. TommjGunz
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    I noticed that my rear shock preload was set to max 9 position. I would like to lower the preload to give me a softer ride but am not sure what to set it too.

    I ride 2 up with my girlfriend , about 325 total pounds.

    What would be the lowest setting I could go with?

    Thanks Tom

  2. 9Sdarz
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    I noticed that my rear shock preload was set to max 9 position. I would like to lower the preload to give me a softer ride but am not sure what to set it too.I ride 2 up with my girlfriend , about 325 total pounds.What would be the lowest setting I could go with?Thanks Tom
    Tom
    Your preload from the factory was set all the way up? I took mine down one notch and that was enough for me. My bike is lowered two and a quarter inches. But I don't have any passengers so if you are at stock height you should be fine.

  3. MorkKW
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    Tom,

    99% of our bikes come from the factory with the rear shock set on 4, as was mine. I bumped it up to 5, which is pretty good right now, but I'm moving it again up to 6. My wife and I also weigh a combined 325.

    Some time ago, I switched to progressive front fork springs, purchased from SHANE at SS Custom Cycle. Not only did it improve the bike's ride and handling, it also totally eliminated the front end clunk that is often heard on the 1300 when hitting certain types of bumps. Quite a few riders have since done the same, unluding the world renown Mr. Stangman of Wisconsin, himself - JuzdSdewe. : )

    Morg

  4. TommjGunz
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    Thanks Morg, I set my rear shock to 7 and it wasn't bad 2 up but riding alone It was still ruff. I think I will try 6.
    I will look into the progressive shock as well I don't like that clunk with the front shocks either.

    I would like to hear from any one else who has changed there settings or springs as well and what they think of them.

    Thanks Tom

  5. JuzdSdewe
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    I changed the front springs to the progressive ones for the KLUNK.
    First and foremost (thanks Morg), THE klunk is GONE. Secondly, the bike (thought there would be no diff), rides even BETTER then before.
    I figured IT being a new bike with only 6000 miles on it (give or take), you wouldn't feel a difference in ride, but trust me, it is significant!

    As far as the rear settings, I ride double all the time, and haven't touched the spring settings (yet). I dropped the rear (only), 1" with the pcs kit.
    I'd be a bit paranoid (myself), to drop it the full 2+ only because I am a bit of an aggressive person and like to drag those little pins on the pavement underneath the floorboards (scares the CHIT out of the wife), but I like it...........

  6. TommjGunz
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    Does anyone have the part # on the progressive front springs? I looked on the ss costumes site but didn't see the 1300 listed and there is 2 sizes of springs.

    Thanks Steve, I don't think I'm an aggressive driver but when I lean the bike my girlfriend squeezes the chit out of me.

    Tom

  7. MorkKW
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    Re the part #, contact Shane at SS Custom Cycles...call or send an email - he's quick to respond and is a great guy to work with and one who really has an interest in our 1300. His bike is tricked out, really unique and custom looking, with pics of it found on his web pages. It also dynos out at 85+ HP with just Cobra pipes, Thunder Mfg airbox and a fuel management system. This tells us something about how choked our bike is out of the box. Steve knows this, as does Chaz, myself and a bunch of others in here. Be well and stay safe.

    Morg

  8. TommjGunz
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    Thanks Morg, I sent Shane an E-mail today.

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