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post #1 of 6 Old 04-13-2011, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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465 Shock?

Good morning everyone.
Ran across this this morning and seems like a nicely built shock. The one "review" I read was possitive, but lacking in detail. Any of you have two cents to share?

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-13-2011, 09:35 AM
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Been running a Larry Roeseler signature series short 420 for the past 20k miles, heavily loaded all the time.

No problems what-so-ever.

Good ride quality and have never bottomed it out.

Don't imagine that the 465 would be a step backwards in any way.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-16-2011, 09:05 AM
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Hey, I bolted up a 465 last week (at 46 miles) and have put about six hundred on it this week. Most of the riding has been 2-up (I'm 220 kitted up and the little missez is about a buck twenty-five... ) with a mixture of a little slab, two-lane locals, 2 track sand / gravel and maybe 35 miles of single track.

I haven't touched the settings. The damping action is very "progressive" indeed and the spring is spot on. We haven't had a hard bottom-out yet. There is no pogo, the suspension just goes about it's business. Off-road traction (with the stock tires) is noticeably improved when climbing in rock.

Overall I would say it exceeded my expectations. After reading everyone rave about the Moab and how it was worth the extra money over the 420 (Can't find any reviews of the 465 yet) I was concerned with my decision. Once it was here and bolted in I was all smiles... and quite proud of my frugality.

Progressive has been building vintage suspension for a long time... We are indeed on a vintage bike. The DMV just doesn't understand that.

Oh, it looks way cool to.

EDIT: It feels like a 400 pound evolution period dirt bike with a custom-application kitted shock, if that makes any sense.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-16-2011, 09:22 AM
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It is a good shock. I have had one on my bike for about 2k now and it does its job without you even having to think about it like we would with the stocker.. Great mod..
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-21-2011, 06:49 AM
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I installed one about one month ago and have been impressed. It's a solid piece. H-T sells them at a lower price than the MSRP shown on the link.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-21-2011, 10:58 AM
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It's a good thing we don't race these war-pigs... we are giving away a pretty big speed secret with this one

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