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Thirty years ago a couple of guys that rode, raced and wrenched together decided there had to be a better solution to high performance suspension. They knew there was more potential in their bikes and understood; any money spent on motor, paint or accessories was meaningless without chassis control. With these beliefs, an unwavering work ethic and a passion for all things two wheeled Progressive Suspension was born and prospered. The mantra of ride quality still guides us today and everything we build is designed to make your motorcycle ride better, ride smoother and to let you ride longer. Two Thousand Twelve not only marks three decades of performance suspension, but a renewed focus on helping you find your suspension sweet spot. How are we doing that? Remote adjustable shocks for the Harley Softail, a chassis stabilizer for the late model baggers, monotube fork cartridges for the KLR650 and Goldwing as well as a total redesign of our venerable 440 Series shocks that creates a new standard for dynamic damping control. Need more? How about a high performance shock for the Kawasaki EX250 and 650? Maybe a complete suspension system for Polaris’s three wheel game changing Spyder? Speaking of three wheels, we’ve even created a package for the Harley Tri Glide that transforms the mushy front end and driveway dragging rear into a mile eating touring monster. Take a look at the pages to follow, were sure you’ll find something that will make your bike a better fit, a better machine and just maybe let you Ride More.

Ride More David Shirley President







Threaded Preload Adjuster

Frequency Sensing Technology (FST), – Allows the shocks to sense the frequency of a bump and automatically adjust damping for superior ride quality

Deflective Disc Damping

Adjust spring pre-load by hand, no special tool needed

Hard Anodized Internal Coating

Progressive Rate Main springs specifically designed for touring

Adjustable Compression Damping

High Pressure gas charged for consistent performance

Lifetime Limited Warranty and Rebuildable

Lifetime Limited Warranty and Made in USA!

High Pressure Gas Monotube

Dyna, XR1200, Sportster & Triumph Thruxton Applications (more on the way)

MSRP USD $999.95

MSRP USD $759.95

Built around our all new Frequency Sensing Technology (FST), and wrapped in a state of the art set of springs that allows your

Inspired by racers, riders and those that demand more

bagger to sit lower than stock, but retain the full down travel

of their bikes than weekend coffee runs. The built in

of a factory set up! The 944 Series combines a progressive

the USA 970 Series shocks combine a high pressure

rate main spring with a flat wire compensator spring that

gas monotube design with deflective disc damping

compresses under the weight of the bike, but readily extends

routed through two unique circuits and adjustable for compression damping via an easily accessible knob.

when needed to allow for full droop travel. The result is a bike with a 1� lowered height that rides better than a stocker!

Tune to your riding style and pin the throttle.



Frequency Sensing Technology (FST), – Allows the shocks to sense the frequency of a bump and automatically adjust damping for superior ride quality Deflective disc valving Adjust spring pre-load by hand, no special tool needed Progressive rate spring Standard or heavy duty spring rate and black or chrome finish

High pressure gas charged monotube for consistant damping performance Progressive rate springs available in standard or heavy duty rates Chrome covers with chrome springs or contrast cut black anodized with black springs Lifetime Limited Warranty Available in lengths from 11.0 inch to 13 inch

Lifetime Limited Warranty & made in USA Available in 11.0 inch to 13.5 inch lengths



We have once again upped the ante with the street rod After more than a decade of ruling the roads with our road

styled 430 series of shocks. Utilizing a high pressure

proven 440 Series shocks, We’ve unveiled another breakthrough

gas mono tube design with deflective disk damping

design. Dubbed Frequency Sensing Technology (FST) for its unique ability to dynamically adjust damping as you ride. The result is superior performance no matter the road conditions. A top mount threaded preload adjuster allows for fine tuning with a simple twist of the cap.

to insure high performance ride control, the 430 Series can also be mounted rod up or rod down, depending on your application. Threaded pre-load adjusters allow for tool-less adjustment, and effortless tuning of ride quality. First of their kind, machined aluminum spring perches are complimented by smooth lines and a polished chrome body.



Chrome air chamber

All steel double wall damper with multistage velocity sensitive damping

Multi-stage velocity sensitive damper 5-Position cam style preload adjuster Unique internal bumper, cushions even the hardest hits Up to 2.5” of height adjustment on most Touring models Optional easy to install compressor (mounts in saddlebag) AirDragger Shocks for HD Touring models (1980-2012) MSRP USD $499.95 EasyMount Compressor for HD Touring models (1980-2012) MSRP USD $489.95

High pressure gas charged for consistant damping performance Standard or heavy-duty progressive rate springs in either chrome or black Optional full chrome or black covers on select applications MSRP FROM USD $299.95

By combining a machined aluminum air chamber, velocity

Simply the best value shock on the market today.

sensitive, multi-stage valving and an internal progressive rate

The 412s proven, durable design means they will

coil spring, we’ve once again elevated air suspension to a new

be an improvement to your motorcycle’s suspension

level. The clean and simple full chrome body mounts to all late model touring bikes and is powered by a clever compressor unit that simply mounts into the back of a saddlebag. Effortless installation, up to 2.5” of on-the-fly height adjustment and an economical price is a hard to beat combination!

performance. 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. 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.



Custom tuned multistage damper

Five position cam style preload adjuster

Precision machined aircraft grade aluminum air chamber

Standard or heavy-duty progressive rate springs in chrome or black (sold separately)

Replaceable air & oil seals

12 Series shocks are dampers only. Progressive Suspension springs can be mated for a customized ride

Standard air fitting is adaptable to most stock air fill systems Standard dust boot for additional protection against the elements Rebuildable

13 Series twin shocks for off road applications - dampers only. PS springs can be mated for a customized ride 14 Series twin shocks for vintage applications are dampers only. PS springs can be mated for a customized ride


The “Original� Air Shock features a machined


aluminum air chamber for perfect sealing surfaces,

With shock and fork spring fitments all the way

heavy duty springs, air adjustability and velocity

back to 1949, Progressive Suspension likely has

sensitive, multi-stage valving.

the suspension setup you need for your restoration,

The 416 Series is

the perfect choice for the touring rider who carries a varied load. Air lines and fittings are easily installed.



AHRMA racer or vintage machine. The 12, 13 & 14 Series shocks are sold as damper sets and can be mated to a number of springs to properly tune for

An optional adapter kit is available for most touring

your application. For the best information, check out

bikes to tap into the stock air fill system (fill valve or

the search utility on:

air compressor).


CHROME plated

All new for 2012 RAP system for Softail

2 INCHES of ride height adjustment

Easy tuning to adjust for changing loads

Preload adjustable

Height adjustable (up to 2”, requires tool)

High pressure gas charged monotube for consistant damping performance

Heavy Duty Spring Rate

Now available in HEAVY DUTY version! 1989 thru 2012 Softail® applications

Available for 1989 thru 2012 Softail models MSRP USD $749.95

New Lower Price! MSRP USD $499.95

Our suspension system for the venerable Softail style chassis is exclusively available as an adjustable ride height version. Progressive Suspension was the first to introduce aftermarket shocks for the most popular

The Softail® chassis has long been a challenge to set up. The shocks are hidden under the frame which makes common adjustments difficult. Not anymore! Our engineering team over at Progressive have come up with a clever solution. We call it RAP (or Remote Adjustable Preload) and it combines our high performance shocks with a remote preload adjuster.

frame design ever produced and we continue to refine our work. Two inches of ride height adjustment as well as adjustable for spring preload to accommodate varying loads and rider weights, all wrapped in a chrome shroud and now available in a HEAVY DUTY version for two-up or heavily loaded bikes! .


Conveniently located behind the left passenger peg, the RAP system allows for easy tuning of the shocks to account for changing loads or the addition of a passenger. Packing a lot of gear for a big ride? Give the knob a few turns and the bike is set. Riding solo? A few rotations the other direction softens things up.


Integrated air & coil shock Independent firmness & height adjustments High pressure gas charged monotube for consistant damping performance Compressor kits sold separately Softail速 applications Softail Models MSRP from USD $822.97 Compressor Kits MSRP from USD $735.95

By combining state of the art Dampers with dual air chambers, Progressive Suspension has created the ultimate rear suspension for Softail models. The Airtail is the result of years of R&D and represents the pinnacle of high performance and tunable suspension. Utilizing both a coil and air shock allows the Airtail to ride like traditional high-end shocks while still allowing for extensive height and spring rate tuning. The dual air chambers permit the rider to adjust ride height INDEPENDENT of suspension firmness. This translates to the ideal ride height, without any sort of compromise in ride quality.


Improved stability

Improved stability

Smoother ride

Improved steering response

Available in stock or 1� lower versions

Stylish looks

High pressure gas charged monotube for consistant damping performance

Smoother ride Single units for front of BMW GS1100 & 1150

Applications for EX250 and EX650 with more on the way!

Pairs for front of Can Am Spyder RS MSRP FROM USD $349.95

See page 21 & 22 for matched rear shocks Front of Can Am Spyder: MSRP USD $599.95 PAIR

The 428 Series monoshock represents the rare combination of

Front of BMW GS1100 & 1150: MSRP USD $429.95

high performance and low cost. Designed specifically for the

Designed specifically for the front of the BMW 1100 & 1150 as well as Spyder RS. Progressive’s new 435 Series front shocks and 465 Series rear shock help smooth out the ride of these unique machines.

smaller bore sportbikes and adventure touring bikes that are now seeing real riders and real miles. Incorporating proper spring rates and specifically tuned deflective disc dampers combined with a gas charge to prevent oil foaming and

The 435 Series front shocks are a completely new design and are sprung and valved to address the challenges of the BMW Telelever and Can Am double A-arm front suspensions, resulting in improved stability and steering response on both.

wrapped in all aluminum body, the 428 opens up a whole new world of possibilities for this segment of fun to ride machines. Each 428 also utilizes a threaded body for fine tuning spring pre-load to match your riding style and load


BMW R1100 & 1150GS MODELS

Can Am Spyder RS FRONT


5 position rebound adjuster – Adjust to changing conditions and riding styles Threaded body allows for fine adjustments in sag Aluminum Body/Components - Light weight & stylish Hard anodized finish – Durable and corrosion resistant Also available for long swingarm Sportbikes Rebuildable damper

All of the features of the Standard 465 Series monoshock PLUS the new R.A.P. System (Remote Adjustable Preload) Easily tuned to your weight and riding style Applications for most popular monoshock bikes, including BMW F650GS, F800GS, R1100GS, R1150GS Road Star, KLR650 and V-Strom MSRP FROM USD $745.90

New Apps for BMW F650GS, F800GS, Can-Am Spyder and many other monoshock motorcycles Stock as well as 1” lower versions The Remote Adjustable Preload allows for easy tuning of MSRP FROM USD $495.95

The 465 Series represents state of the art high pressure gas

the ride height and suspension sag with a simple turn of the RAP machined aluminum knob. Utilizing a hydraulic

monotube shock design. It utilizes a large 46mm bore and

preload adjuster, the RAP system is buttery smooth and

deflective disc piston for precise damping. The beefy 16mm hard

allows quick adjustment for changing loads, passengers

chrome shaft rides on custom viton seals for low friction and

and terrain. Includes bracketry where required.

leak free life. The 465 is custom tuned for each application and is completely optimized for each bike, from the damping and spring rate all the way down to the jounce bumper.



Progressive rate springs for a comfortable ride and improved load stability Five position spring pre-load adjustment Velocity sensitive damping for a smoother ride Gas charged for damping consistancy Equipped with shock “Sox” to help keep springs and adjusters clean

MSRP USD $299.95 pair

Available in STANDARD or HEAVY DUTY spring rates Twin tube, high pressure nitrogen charged damper Easy to tune via threaded preload adjusters Beefy 16mm Shaft Reduces rear end bucking! Rhino and RZR applications MSRP USD $348.95 pair

High performance UTV suspension does not have The 512 Series was the first aftermarket shock made specifically

to mean a high price tag! Our latest effort is sure

for Utility ATV’s. They have undergone extensive R&D to provide

proof of this sort of thinking. The 425 Series

the finest possible suspension for your workhorse vehicle. We use

shocks are aimed at the user who has added a

improved spring rates for heavier load stability and handling over rough terrain as well as increased length for more travel and ground clearance. The 512 Series comes with an adjustable spring preload to accommodate different loads (i.e. mounting a plow or carrying a hay

rear cage and seating, is hauling heavy loads or who simply wants a better performing suspension without having to break the bank.

bale). Also included is our Shock “Sox” to help keep dirt and mud out of the spring and to keep the adjusters clean.



Improved resistance to front brake dive

Improved resistance to front brake dive

Improved front end stability & cornering

Improved front end stability & cornering

Improved bottoming control

Improved bottoming control

Lifetime limited warranty

Lifetime limited warranty

The VERY BEST in Touring suspension performance!

The VERY BEST in Dual Sport suspension performance!

Apps for: 1984-2012 Harley Touring Bikes 2000-2012 Harley Softail Models 2009-2012 Harley Tri Glide Models 2001-2012 Honda Goldwing Models

Apps for: 2008-2012 Kawasaki KLR650 STOCK HEIGHT - MSRP USD $339.95


Enjoy improved front end control and ride comfort by

Kit converts dual damper rod, AND damper rod / cartridge

converting the archaic dual Damper rod forks to true

forks to true high performance Monotube Cartridge Forks!

high performance monotube cartridge dampers. This kit contains a pair of high performance, Gas charged


This kit contains a pair of high performance, gas charged

monotube fork cartridges complete with a set of our

Mono-tube fork cartridges complete with a set of our

KLR proven fork springs. Direct internal component

famous fork springs and is a direct internal component

replacement for all 2008-2012 KLR650 models. No

replacement. No modification to forks is required.

modification to your forks are required.



Simple DROP-INTM installation!

Progressive rate

Up to 2” of height reduction

Stock height or lowered

No special tools required MSRP FROM USD $84.95

Lowered height kits included 1” & 2” drop parts Precision wound - Lifetime warranty Stock height: From MSRP USD $92.95

Forget everything you know about lowering motorcycle front ends, Progressive Suspension has just completely changed the game! Our new DROP-IN fork Lowering Kits have transformed a once messy, and time consuming install into a cake walk. Pull up to two inches out of the front end of your bike without the hassle of disassembling the forks or even changing out the oil and the whole process can be done with basic tools. Shorter springs and Progressive’s new secondary compensation spring make short work of the formerly complicated act of lowering your front end

Lowered: MSRP USD $118.95

The ‘Original’ Progressive Rate Fork Springs soak up the small road bumps, yet are firm enough to absorb the molar-rattling ones. Spring rates have been chosen to reduce front end “dive” during braking, yet still provide excellent ride comfort. Better yet, we warranty our fork springs for life! Progressive Rate Fork Springs have several advantages over straight rate springs. A straight rate spring only offers linear resistance to compression and is a compromise. For example, if you have a 20lb straight rate spring, it will take 20lbs of force to compress the spring one inch. It will take 20 more lbs of force to compress it the next inch, and so on, until the end of the travel. A Progressive Rate Spring has the advantage of a rising rate resistance to compression. For example, a 15lb - 25lb Progressive Rate Spring will take 15lbs to compress it the first inch, 17lbs more the next inch, and so on, until the end of the travel, taking 25lbs more to compress it the last inch. The benefit of this is that the spring can be soft enough at the start of the travel to offer a “plush” ride, yet be firm enough at the end of the travel to soak up the big bumps.

Straight Rate Spring


* WARNING! Installing a lowering kit WILL decrease initial ground clearance. The motorcycle will be lower to the ground and care should be taken to avoid bottoming, especially over bumps or in turns. To maintain proper balanced geometry, we recommend lowering the motorcycle in the rear the same amount as the front.

Progressive Rate Spring

1 inch 100lbs

1 inch 60lbs

1 inch 100lbs

1 inch 90lbs

1 inch 100lbs

1 inch 110lbs

1 inch 100lbs

1 inch 140lbs


Simple Install Forged Steel Construction 1993 thru 2012 HD Touring Models


Does NOT impact ground clearance

30-5046C (‘89-’99, Chrome) 30-5048C (‘00-’12, Chrome)* Economical lowering Kits available for all Softails

Precision Rod End Bearings

1993-2008 Touring Models

*Except 07 FXSTD, 05-10 FLSTN, 09-10 FLSTSB, 2010 FLSTFB & 2010 FLSTSE

1993 - 2008 models: MSRP USD $199.95 2009 - 2012 models: MSRP USD $229.95

Inexpensive & easy to install solution to handling challenges inherent in touring models. Compact design does not hang below the frame or impede ground clearance. Motor/ swingarm assembly stays aligned with chassis while avoiding the introduction of unnecessary vibration to the rider. Now available for 2009 and later models.

2009-2012 Touring Models

SWAYBAR ADJUSTER BLOCKS FOR POLARIS RZR A simple and affordable solution to cure the RZR’s tendency to UNDER STEER in and SNAP OVER STEER out of corners. Installs in minutes and instantly improves the cornering ability of your RZR. Billet aluminum block includes hardware and three swaybar mounting positions, allow for fine tuning of handling characteristics.

MINI GAUGE PUMPS A handy source of air pressure for adjusting pressure in your forks and air shocks. Comes complete with flexible hose and integral gauge GP3-30 • 0-30psi GP3-100 • 0-100psi

GP3-60 • 0-60psi GP3-300 • 0-300psi

31-3002 - Swaybar Adj blocks for RZR MSRP USD $79.95



PRELOAD WRENCHES SW-1700 This adjustable spring preload spanner fits most adjusters found on single shocks.

TRK-2 Includes a 16 gram CO2 cartridge (standard on our other kits is a 12 gram cartridge). Complete with both plugs and patches for tube and tubeless type tires. All this enclosed in a durable nylon pouch.

STANDARD SHOCK TOOL 32-5508 Fits many single and twin shocks. Takes the hassle out of changing springs.

SW-783 Compact size & 3/8” drive SW-784 For use with a 3/8” ratchet. Works on any OE or Progressive Softail shock. Advantages: Used with a ratchet, easier to use than the stock OEM tool (and inexpensive too!)

TRK-2 Kit

32-5507 SPRING COMPRESSOR Assembly/Disassembly tool for Softails.

TRCL-2 Kit RPK-3 Kit

TRC-2 Kit

SAFETY WIRE SW-360 .032in SW-361 .025in (shown) The finest stainless steel safety wire available. Comes in 1lb cans

SAFETY WIRE STARTER KIT SWW-400 • (shown to left) SWW-401 • Safety wire and winder only. SWW-506 • Washers only, 6mm (18 pieces) SWW-508 • Washers only, 8mm (18 pieces) SWW-510 • Washers only, 10mm (18 pieces) Kit uses stainless washers and wire to make safety wiring a “no-drilling” operation.



FOL-1 Allows you to make accurate fluid level adjustments to your fork oil. Has easy to read calibration marks and sliding marker.

FOL-2 This tool is the quickest and most accurate way to set the oil in each fork leg. Designed for the professional or doit-yourselfer. Works on most forks.

RPT-1 (Not shown) Replacement patches. RC-2 (Not shown) Threaded CO2 cartridges - 16g RCN-3 (Not shown) Non-threaded CO2 cartridges - 12g RPK-3 (Shown at right) Replacement plugs and cement.

TRC-2 for tube type tires TRCL-2 for tubeless tires Compact kit in rigid plastic box, complete with patches or plugs, glue, adapter hose & CO2 cartridges.


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Harley Davidson is a registered Trademark of the Harley Davidson Motor Company Inc., Milwaukee, WI. Progressive Suspension is not affiliated with Harley Davidson速or any other motorcycle manufacturer. COPYRIGHT 2012 PROGRESSIVE SUSPENSION LLC 7100-2012

Progressive Suspension 2012 Catalog  

Progressive Suspension 2012 Catalog