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Pete,

I was out of town when the shocks were delivered. I took today off to get ready for a trip to see our grandsons but had time to pop the new shocks on and put about 50 miles on. I can't honestly say the noise/vibration is noticeably any different than before the shock replacement. It seems replacing the Final Drive made the biggest difference for me, so far. Maybe I'll have to try the Universals. I am just not looking forward to replacing them though.

The noise is probably no big deal but I am the type that if something isn't "right" I have a hard time ignoring it.

Thanks for documenting and sharing all your experiences, you have been unbelievably helpful.

Take Care and Ride Safe!
Max
I'm sorry Max, I feel bad that you spent the money and it didn't resolve it for you. I understand completely about that feeling. As you know from the dozens of posts that it almost sent me to the nut house. Before you invest in a different universal let me upload a short video clip with the sound to YouTube so you can compare it to what you're experiencing. I'll let you know once I figure out how to get it up there. Meanwhile enjoy your grandsons :)

Update: The video of my VTX vibration. Standard laptop speakers don't do it justice. You need external speakers to really "appreciate" the sound... Sorry for the sideways image
 

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Pete,

No need to feel bad at all, I have really good shocks now!:laugh:

The noise in the video that you posted is more severe and of a different pitch than what I have experienced. In the video, it seemed that your noise sounded more like vibrating metal pieces. My noise is a lower frequency and not as loud. The duration seems about right though.

Thanks for the help, it's been an interesting journey.... I'm starting to have dreams about Harley's!
 

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Listening to the video... I agree! Sounds like metal on metal.

I had a meanstreak that created same noise and drove me nuts.

It was in the headlight and I stuffed everything but the kitchen sink in there to quieten it down.

My last bike was a victory vegas. Same problem but this time the PO had installed aftermarket LED tail/brake lights. I eventually put some two-way tape between the plastic part and the metal fender. This worked.

No one knows our bikes like we do and when we have a irritating noise, we can't really enjoy the ride until we get it fixed.

I hear the pipes, the engine, the shaft drive, but no continuous irritating noises yet. :smile2:
 

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I just changed my timing on the rear cylinder and it got smoother at 60 to 80 indicated
 

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Same vibration

I have the same Vibration I think.
I found it shows up from 25 to 30 MPH. It does it when engine is off coasting down to and past 30 MPH. Feels like something in the driveshaft but sounds more forward of that. I am about to take it in somewhere to have it looked at. It came on mild and is now louder. Doesn't seem to hinder performance. It was hard to pinpoint but now that I know it is between 25 and 30 MPH I can reproduce it every time. I have never taken off the drive shaft so I might look up on youtube to see if its something I want to try and tackle.
 

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Metzler me888 rear tire creates a weird harmonic on de-cel between 30 to 27 mph that seems to cause shock
Covers to vibrate.
 

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Metzler me888 rear tire creates a weird harmonic on de-cel between 30 to 27 mph that seems to cause shock
Covers to vibrate.
This is exactly my experience. EXACTLY. 04 1300 C. I changed nothing other than switching to the Metzler.
 

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Hey, lets dont be knocking the Metzlers.......lol. I have ridden them for 63000 miles so far, they make a humming noise at slower speeds, more so as they age, less with lower tire pressure. But to me its a hum, a noise not so much a vibration I feel, as the sipes edge out I think it is more pronounced. Cupping makes it louder.......got a new set waiting to go on......soon.
 
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Hey, lets dont be knocking the Metzlers.......lol. I have ridden them for 63000 miles so far, they make a humming noise at slower speeds, more so as they age, less with lower tire pressure. But to me its a hum, a noise not so much a vibration I feel, as the sipes edge out I think it is more pronounced. Cupping makes it louder.......got a new set waiting to go on......soon.
As one of the guys adding to this Metzler theory...I'm not "knocking" the tire. It just FREAKED ME OUT right after I put new Metzlers on the front and back and I got a new slight decel vibration at 30ish MPH! Just glad to hear other people can support my hypothesis.
 

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Steve its no big deal, Metzlers have been so cheap and work well for me.... Hans I have noticed it on all sets of Metzlers and could never really tell the difference in either tire. The 880 or the 888. Still the same mileage and noise. I have about 14 on them now.
On another note, now I got to go put the bike on a stand and see what mine sounds like.............
 

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Got tired of the noise coming from the right Shock, i changed the bushings to the green ones and it still made the noise although not as bad.
Ordered the Progressive 412's, should get them 8-2-17. Looking forward to that annoying noise being gone and a better ride.
 

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Ordered the Progressive 412 shocks, should get them 8-2 UPS.
The spring was buzzing inside the sock, changed the bushings to the green ones for the 1800 and the noise improved a bit but still there.
Looking forward to not having to put up with that and the ride improving.
 

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I know this is old, but i have this exact issue and it's been bugging the crap out of me for a year now!

Just to verify, how to i make sure i have the 1800 suspension? i got it used so no idea what the previous guy may have done
 

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Please excuse me if I missed the (Final) Resolution to this issue. But I've not seen ANY mention to what the bottom line to My Final Fix was to this. My Honda mechanic asked me to put my X up on my lift, and hold onto my grips and lift and push down to check for ANY kind of play against the Steering Stem. Then, put the tire strait and let go of the grips. If the Steering fell to one side or the other, and did not stay right where you released them, you had one of 3 problems that would cause this 30 to 45 mph heavy vibration. 1) A worn Steering Stem Bearing. 2) To many Bottom-Outs against to the Tripple Tree causing flat spots on the Steering Stem Ball Bearings, to need replacement necessary. And 3) (which mine was) A simple Locking Nut Adjustment.
 

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Please excuse me if I missed the (Final) Resolution to this issue. But I've not seen ANY mention to what the bottom line to My Final Fix was to this. My Honda mechanic asked me to put my X up on my lift, and hold onto my grips and lift and push down to check for ANY kind of play against the Steering Stem. Then, put the tire strait and let go of the grips. If the Steering fell to one side or the other, and did not stay right where you released them, you had one of 3 problems that would cause this 30 to 45 mph heavy vibration. 1) A worn Steering Stem Bearing. 2) To many Bottom-Outs against to the Tripple Tree causing flat spots on the Steering Stem Ball Bearings, to need replacement necessary. And 3) (which mine was) A simple Locking Nut Adjustment.
Hi MaxMan,
The other two solutions mentioned in this thread are
  1. Replacing the shock absorbers (which was my solution)
  2. Changing from the Metzler tire. (worked for others)
 
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