Finished my Suspension Upgrade Project:
-Progressive 11-1126 front suspension
-All Balls fork seals and dust wipers
-All Balls bushing kit (don't remember All Balls part number, but STG parts number is TR417017)
***All Balls provides several extra O-rings and washers in their kit, and of different sizes! Be careful to use the correct copper washers for the bottom bolts, and O-rings for the fork caps! The fork cap O-rings in the kit are of very similar sizes, so use the one the fits tightly.
-10w fork oil from local motorcycle retailer
Other Stuff Done
-New brake pads on front and rear
***shame on me. Wore pads down to the metal and didn't even know it
will look into replacing rotors soon, but brakes still work as they should...maybe I got lucky
-Old fork oil was BLACK AND SILVER!!! So glad I replaced all of it!
-New Progressive springs ended up being the same length as the stock springs I pulled out. Maybe if I had just replaced the oil and filled the forks to the level, the stock springs might have been ok to keep.
-Day 1 = very rough ride in the front! Also, turning feels harder to do now. I find myself leaning the bike more than turning the bars to make a turn. Also, I used to watch the forks move up and down while the bike would glide down the road. But now, I really don't see them moving, if at all... BUT, NO MORE ROCKING HORSE WHILE BRAKING AND STOPPING!!!! And that's what matters most!
-Day 3 = SO MUCH BETTER while riding 2-up! Turning and handling is much more controllable. Forks are still a little stiff, but feel like they're loosening up. Handling in the twisties while 2-up with luggage feels like riding solo! Ground clearance has increased, so no more scraping the frame on right turns
Day 5 = Yup, front end is breaking in nicely now. I can see the forks moving up and down better than they did on Day 1. I still may remove a little fluid to soften the ride a touch.
About the Rear Suspension:
-McMaster-Carr bushings are WONDERFUL! No more butt-spanking when riding over an unexpected pothole or bump at freeway speeds.
-It makes the backend quieter.
-Also, the rear suspension preloads actually make a difference now.
In the end, no regrets!!! (except for not paying attention to my brake pads)