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    Okay,
    so my current setup is as follows;
    2005 with HD bags, EdSeat and full stereo fairing with double din head unit, amp and 6x9’s.
    I currently have a Progressive 465 shock in the rear with max preload and a set of progressive (not lowered) springs with 6.5” preload (suggested max) in the front.
    Though the progressive setup is far better than stock, it’s never been quite good enough to keep up with me.
    I’m switching to a RoadWing rear soon and thinking about going to RaceTech for the front.
    I may consider installing emulators as well.
    So, what I’m looking for is thoughts and advice regarding if, with my setup and riding style, Race Tech springs will be more satisfying and, if so, they suggest a 90-95/mm spring and I’m wondering if, with the fairing I should go with even heavier springs.
    thanks

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    • #3
      I would suggest you ask Racetech. They may ask the weight of the fairing with all of the audio equipment, so take a guess. I have the Racetech w/ golden emulators and sometimes use a fairing, but I don't have any ausio equipment in it...I use the speaker and stereo holes for storage (gloves, glasses, maps(batteries for them not needed and far less expensive if you lose them!)

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      • #4
        when i ordered mine i added the weight of the fairing (estimated) to my weight and ordered the springs for me.
        my Wallet is Getting dangerously close to spontaneous combustion

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        • #5
          I emailed them and told them my riding style, weight and that I have the full fairing and lowers and they suggested a 1.00/mm spring.
          Now I’m thinking about it, I forgot to mention the lowers.
          I will email them again and see if that suggestion changes.

          Now I have to try to determine if I’ll be happier with their springs than the Progressive ones I have now.

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          • Smokescreens
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            i went from progressive to racetech and was amazed

        • #6
          Best setup you can have is the race tech springs, emulators, and the Road Wing rear shock. And a better set of brake pads, especially in the front. I rode this setup (with a fairing and stereo and all that) for many miles. Rode it as hard as you can ride a Roadstar and was happy with the handling and the stopping and all that. The bikes limits become the issue after all this. Lack of power and lean angle are the reasons I ultimately sold the Roadstar and went a different direction. And the vibrations at extended, high speeds (nature of the beast, is what it is).

          But, all the mods listed above are a world of difference from the crappy stock stuff. It won’t be as drastic an improvement for you since you already have upgraded suspension parts, but still worth it if you’re planning on keeping your bike for awhile.

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          • #7
            Thank you Smokescreens and Deerkiller those are both really helpful comments and make a huge difference to me trying to make the decisions and avoid wasting time and money.
            I know now for sure that I want the RaceTech springs and emulators after I get this RoadWing installed.
            cheers!

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