Changing Shocks

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by ksheritage, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. ksheritage

    ksheritage Member

    I am thinking about changing the shocks on my 2007 Heritage Softail Classic to make the ride a little smoother. Has anyone changed the shocks on their softail to the Progressive Shocks and do they ride better than stock? Thanks.
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    Softails by nature of the beast don't ride good with any shock changes. Save your money or buy a bagger. :s
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    While Glider is correct and the touring bike will give you a softer ride than the softail, I'm on my second set of Progressive shocks on my '94FLSTC. The other shocks I would look into is the Works Performance. Works will take your info and send you a set of shocks set to your weight and type of riding you do. Adjustable Length Softail Shocks
  4. Grumpy3

    Grumpy3 Member

    Have used Progressive Shocks on a Softail and found them much better than the Harley shocks.
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

  6. Slapp

    Slapp Junior Member

    Progressive makes a fine product and I have made shock changes and (or) adjustments to just about every bike I ever owned due to my height restrictions. But I really cannot imagine changing out the HD shocks on a Softail for a smoother ride. The bike is already as comfortable as can be. I would recommend 2 things before I would change the shocks on that stead. 1) Adjust the preload settings to see if that helps. 2) Once you get the preload set the way you like it, invest in a nice seat, preferable one with a rider backrest. You would be amazed at what the difference is once you are really sitting comfortably on your ride.
    Good luck with whatever you decide and Seasons Greetings to All.
  7. Rhys

    Rhys Active Member

    Glider is correct that a softail isnt as smooth as a touring bike. But I am a large guy, and have a lowerd 07 softail custom, with the preload adjusted and its rides good. I would look into the preload before I bought shocks, also you can buy the new springs that go inside of the shocks and they have a variable rate so you can adjust it to your likeing for a fraction of the cost and since you will already have the shock off you might as well save some money. Good luck buddy
  8. Jean-Pierre

    Jean-Pierre Member

    On my FLSTS 1999, mine are enought smooth too...
    In fact, only on a bump with a passenger and some weight in the luggages we can feel a "clang" and only if you speed on the bump