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Old 12-11-2012, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Accidental Shock Purchase: Advice Needed

For xmas, my wife went out on her own and bought me new shocks for my 2012 thruxton. Incredibly nice gesture, but she bought these off ebay:

04-10 TRIUMPH Thruxton 900 PSI Black Rear 14.25" 412 Series Heavy Duty Shocks

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I believe they are the stock height (which I want to maintain), but they are Heavy Duty shocks. I weigh about 200 lbs, and rarely ride with a passenger (once a year). I really don't know much about the difference in shocks, or if I would notice the difference.

Should I return the shocks? There's a 30 day return policy and they are unopened so that shouldn't be a problem.

What I wanted in a new set of shocks:
On the mountain roads near my house (Angela's Crest), my stock shocks feel more or less fine. But the unevenness of my local freeways make for a jarring ride. I'd like the ability to "soften" the shocks when I plan on doing a lot of freeway riding.

I also wanted black shocks to change the look of my bike, but I don't think that matters to my question.

Anyway, thanks for any advice on this.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Heavy Duty does not necessarily mean stiff. Do you have any other info on the shocks? What brand and model? A quick Ebay search lists the shocks below. If so, you should have preload adjusters that you can...well, adjust..... to soften of stiffen your ride. Try them on at the softest setting for a few miles and see how they feel. You probably won't put any wear on them to violate the return policy.

With that being said, the stock shocks on my Thruxton were too soft and I'm 180lbs.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/04-10-TRIUMP...p2047675.l2557
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Keep them. The info on them from Progressive Suspension's site:

The 412 Series shocks are simply the best value shock on the market today. The 412s simple, durable design means they will be an improvement to your motorcycle's suspension performance for as long as you are riding it. The double-wall steel body construction with nitrogen charged, multi-staged velocity sensitive valving gives you smooth, consistent damping. A five position cam style preload adjuster lets you dial in your ride whether you're a light rider or heavy hitter. With multiple options like full show chrome or black covers, chrome or black springs in progressive rate, Standard or Heavy-Duty, and lengths from 11" to 14.2", there is sure to be a 412 that's right for you and your bike.

Seems like they will do the job for you (and then some). Your lady is definitely a keeper.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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stock height is 360 mm- if they are sprung to stiff for you -call progressive and order a new set of springs for your weight
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It looks like I'll install them and give it a try. Maybe the HD won't be as big of a deal as I thought.

FYI, the ebay link in my original post is to the actual shocks I got - you just have to scroll down a bit to see the details.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Install and enjoy........then thank the wifey proper.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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What a good wife you have. Thank her properly ...... and then instal them
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Just wanted to folllow-up with a big thanks to everyone. My wife took a chance on the purchase of those shocks, but now that she has the support of "her motorcycle friends" on this board she feels much better.

These posts definitely made her week!
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