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  1. #11
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    Hi Davie, I too fitted the longer Hagon shocks, but in stainless. In the absence of information on length of fork tubes, I too intend to try spacers in front.
    The only downside is the look, with just the Hagons fitted the bike now looks pretty much level. lifting the front goes back to looking like its dragging its tail!
    But I'll put up with that for better suspension and a little more cornering clearance!
    I wonder if a sort of pusher, rather than puller, could be rigged up to allow the fork top nut to be unscrewed and spring released gradually. Will have a look!

    Ray.IMG_2539.jpg

    PS! Actually the static look will be pretty much the same, just not dipping as much loaded and riding.
    Last edited by Nettshubby; 08-08-2018 at 04:46 AM.

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    Did you determine what weight the recommended fork oil is by Harley?
    They just quote a HD number.

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    Nice bike

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    fwiw i would increase the precompression 6mm (1/4") at a time

    A rule of thumb is 1/3 rider sag on the front and 1/4 on rear.
    Also the front static (unloaded bike) sag to be 60% of rider (ie total) sag e.g 40mm rider sag and 24mm static on a 5" 120mm total travel.

    Traxion dynamics site is a good read

    I would'nt touch the oil unless modding or replacing the damper rod.

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    I decided to go ahead and made up a pair of 8mm spacers for my forks, and replace fork oil with 15wt. I don't know what was in there.
    one thing I found was that although the Jersey HD parts pic for my 2009 XL1200L shows a short spring and a long spacer, mine has no spacer and a longer dual rate spring!
    I made a tube clamp to fit the leg in my vice, as it would have meant removing the handlebars to do the job in the bike.
    I modified this tool to compress the spring as there was no way I could do it and screw in the top nut single handed. Especially with the 8mm extra pre load!
    This worked fine, along with a tool to set the oil distance from top of leg, as per the manual.
    Hopefully the photos come out!

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    Ray.
    Last edited by Nettshubby; 09-06-2018 at 03:10 PM. Reason: missing photo

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    That is a niffty tool for assembling fork tube, I remember struggling like hell with a normal socket till my mate said he had the correct socket lol.
    I used ATF on the FXR, gave a very smooth ride.

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    I bought an 1-3/8” socket on eBay but it was a 12 point one and because the top nut
    doesn’t have 6 full length flats, the socket just slipped when I put pressure on.
    I finished up filing an old open end spanner to size.

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    Managed a short round the block run today between the showers and on that run the front end feels a lot smoother, I wasn’t flinching every time the front was going to hit even a relatively minor bump like a grate, like I did before!
    It’s effectively given it a bit more travel due to less sag when I sit on it.
    Thanks to DavieL!

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    I don't think I can claim the credit but glad it worked for you, it certainly improved mine. Like the clamp

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