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Progressive shocks Vs Honda VTX shocks

This is a discussion on Progressive shocks Vs Honda VTX shocks within the General Mean Streak forums, part of the Kawasaki Mean Streak category; I'm really interested in this "shock subject". In my opinion VTX shocks look great on Meanie and they are quite inexpensive when compared to the ...

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    Progressive shocks Vs Honda VTX shocks

    I'm really interested in this "shock subject". In my opinion VTX shocks look great on Meanie and they are quite inexpensive when compared to the progressive ones. On the other hand I'm not necessarily interested in buying bushings and stuff just to make VTX shocks fit my Meanie. Progressive shocks are expensive and they look ordinary...but they are bike specific. I would like to hear your opinions about these shocks. What's good/bad about VTX shocks? What's good/bad about Progressive shocks? Your opinion matters...
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    I'm new to the Mean Streak but have put a few miles on mine, and I've got to ask...what are wrong with the stock shocks? They feel fine to me. Or is it just about lowering the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanky View Post
    I'm new to the Mean Streak but have put a few miles on mine, and I've got to ask...what are wrong with the stock shocks? They feel fine to me. Or is it just about lowering the bike?

    They lower the back of the bike and are a bit stiffer than the stockers. I went and put the VTX shocks on because i liked the look of the shock itself and also the lower rear end look. Didnt really do it because the stockers werent doing the job, just wanted the look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanky View Post
    Or is it just about lowering the bike?
    Exactly.
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    VTX vs. Progressives

    Can't tell you how much better the Progressives would be as I never owned them. The VTX shocks are a bit lower than the stock MS shocks with fully chromed bodies and they look much better. They are adjustable with (5) preload settings while the stock shocks can be adjusted from 0-42# psi air pressure and (4) rebound settings. The stock shocks therefore have much more adjustibility but the (5) preload settings on the VTX shocks are adequate as the Hondas weigh more and have higher load capacities than Mean Streaks. That said, like I said in a different post, their has to be a reason why the the VTX owners are replacing their stock shocks with higher quality ones ??? Troop
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanstreakster View Post
    Progressive shocks are expensive and they look ordinary...but they are bike specific. I would like to hear your opinions about these shocks. What's good/bad about VTX shocks? What's good/bad about Progressive shocks? Your opinion matters...
    Progressive's are bike specific? Only in that they have the right bushings so they bolt on and a semi appropriate spring rate. The actual damper assy is "one size fits all" generic. If you really want something that's bike/rider specific you get Works Performance shocks. Extended length, compressed length, damping and (single, dual, or triple) rate springs are set up for your bike and useage.
    http://www.worksperformance.com/html/street.html

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    You also have to take into account what Progressive shock you're talking about. The 412 is a good replacement shock. The 440's use I.A.S. dampeners. I have the 440's and they are far better than the stock air shocks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_E View Post
    Progressive's are bike specific?
    It's the language barrier thing. I don't speak english as a mother tongue. I ment that the Progressives are direct bolt on without buying bushings, dampers, spacers and stuff...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_E View Post
    Progressive's are bike specific? Only in that they have the right bushings so they bolt on and a semi appropriate spring rate. The actual damper assy is "one size fits all" generic. If you really want something that's bike/rider specific you get Works Performance shocks. Extended length, compressed length, damping and (single, dual, or triple) rate springs are set up for your bike and useage.
    http://www.worksperformance.com/html/street.html
    And they make awesome paperweights.. (just kidding)
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    ok heres my review

    My dad has the progressive 412's on his 1500 classic, sits lower rides ok, not really any better or worse than stock. Looks better than stock IMO

    I have the 440 progressive;s still kind of under review as I have only rode about 200 miles on them, so far I like them much better than stock, They seem to stop most of the "jacking up", they dont waller in the corners, they are a little stiffer, but I think that takes the bounce out after you hit a bump, Overall very happy with my purchase. I would love to ride on the Works and see how much better than the progressives they are, since they are made for you and your specific bike. The only reason I went with progressive's instead of works is Works wanted about $670 for shocks with end caps, and the progressive 440's were like $450 shipped to my door. If my hours wouldnt have taken a cut I would probably have bought the works.

    Now for the vtx shocks, I do not have any experience with them on a meanie, but my friends vtx 1800. I rode it for a day with the stock shocks ok ride, lots of bounce, jacks up very badly when you get on the throttle, and was horrible in the corners, we installed the progressive 440's and the progressice front springs on it, WAYYYY better, almost no jacking up, very stable in the corners, stiffer but once again takes a lot of the after bounce out. He did have a problem with the chrome, sent them back and the replace all bad parts free of charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike g View Post
    I would love to ride on the Works and see how much better than the progressives they are, since they are made for you and your specific bike. The only reason I went with progressive's instead of works is Works wanted about $670 for shocks with end caps, and the progressive 440's were like $450 shipped to my door. If my hours wouldnt have taken a cut I would probably have bought the works.
    Yep, Works gets a bunch for the chrome caps. I just got Billet trackers with chrome springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troop View Post
    And they make awesome paperweights.. (just kidding)
    I like them on my bike better, but I have a set of Progressive MS fork springs that would be good paper weights but they're a bit long.

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    Has anyone tried to have their stock shocks shortened?

    http://www.skullmanonline.com/shock-shortening.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by macman View Post
    Has anyone tried to have their stock shocks shortened?

    http://www.skullmanonline.com/shock-shortening.html
    "Note: We cannot shorten air shocks or Softail shocks!"

    They even printed it in red.

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    http://www.sotmc.com/product_info.php?products_id=82

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