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I read in many threats that the maximum load for Vaquero is 397lbs. Is the same on the Voyager? I finally got the money and next month I will go to the dealer and order my bike (second hand). But my only concern is the maximum load.

My weight is 220lb, wife 180lb and we usually carry in the bags 90lbs. I already contact progressive shock and they told me that they don't have something for some much load.

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For your bike we only offer the one spring rate and that will be closer to our standard than the heavy duty spring. The shock should not bottom out till about 350pounds but I think that shock may be a bit too soft for the weight you are loading your bike down


If the voyager's shock are stronger I will go with that ( I like vaquero better). if are the same
Is there any aftermarket shock that will be strong enough? or the oem shock will hold this and not bottom out.


Thanking you in advance for all the help.
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You won't bottom out with the OEM shocks, and they're the same shocks on either bike. There's a rebound adjustment, and you add air using a lossless pump depending on load.

They're still low end low performance shocks though, and replacement will provide a significantly better ride. Most who replace using Progressive go with the heavy duty version of whichever model they buy. Works Performance Steel Trackers is another option used on 1700's, and I've had Íhlins shocks installed on my Voyager. Huge improvement, and no fiddling with air or rebound.
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Peg thank you for your help. Can you give me the Ohlins shock part number you have? I think the Voyager and Vaquero have different shocks (same strength but different part number. I think) , but I will try to contact them. Thanks again for the help.

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I got another email from progressive shocks and they confirm that they don't have heavy duty shock for vaquero. Is anyone here that have the heavy duty shock?

I already sent email to ohlin and workperformance. Waiting for the response.

Chad Becker <[email protected]>
Fri 4/26/2019 3:53 PM
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Hello,

That shock will hold up to what the capacity of the bike will hold set by Kawasaki.

You will have to refer to your manual, or Kawai dealer, but I think you are over the limit of what that bike will hold.

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You won't bottom out with the OEM shocks, and they're the same shocks on either bike. There's a rebound adjustment, and you add air using a lossless pump depending on load.

They're still low end low performance shocks though, and replacement will provide a significantly better ride. Most who replace using Progressive go with the heavy duty version of whichever model they buy. Works Performance Steel Trackers is another option used on 1700's, and I've had Íhlins shocks installed on my Voyager. Huge improvement, and no fiddling with air or rebound.
Peg I did some search in the forum and I could see that the model you have is the HD146 STX 36. is that model for Kawasaki or Harley? I search in the internet but couldn't find for Kawasaki?
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The HD146 is Íhlins' entry level shock for Harley Sportster. I didn't choose or install it myself - except for selecting the cheapest option provided to me by a very highly regarded local bike suspension specialist. Riders from all over NZ send their bikes to him to sort their suspension out, and after attempting & only slightly improving the OEM shocks myself... I found it was money very well spent.

Professionally fitted like that, I'm confident they're bushed and shimmed out correctly. They're not designed from the outset for the Voyager, but I trust the owner of the business to get it right.

He assembles each pair of shocks himself from a variety of Íhlins parts, selected to suit the bike they're being built for. So I couldn't even guarantee that the internals are what you'll find in that model shock off the shelf. If you bought and fitted that model shock yourself, your experience might not be the same as mine.

So my advice would be to buy the bike you want, and then if you don't find the OEM shocks to your liking - either find a shop that knows what they're doing to sort it out for you, or fit aftermarket shocks yourself to save a little money. Having a shop do it, like I did, certainly wasn't cheap, but it provided a little peace of mind knowing that I could take it back for fine-tuning until I was happy.

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The HD146 is Íhlins' entry level shock for Harley Sportster. I didn't choose or install it myself - except for selecting the cheapest option provided to me by a very highly regarded local bike suspension specialist. Riders from all over NZ send their bikes to him to sort their suspension out, and after attempting & only slightly improving the OEM shocks myself... I found it was money very well spent.

Professionally fitted like that, I'm confident they're bushed and shimmed out correctly. They're not designed from the outset for the Voyager, but I trust the owner of the business to get it right.

He assembles each pair of shocks himself from a variety of Íhlins parts, selected to suit the bike they're being built for. So I couldn't even guarantee that the internals are what you'll find in that model shock off the shelf. If you bought and fitted that model shock yourself, your experience might not be the same as mine.

So my advice would be to buy the bike you want, and then if you don't find the OEM shocks to your liking - either find a shop that knows what they're doing to sort it out for you, or fit aftermarket shocks yourself to save a little money. Having a shop do it, like I did, certainly wasn't cheap, but it provided a little peace of mind knowing that I could take it back for fine-tuning until I was happy.
Thank you for the help.
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Panayiotis if you find a shock that works please let us all know what you found. If you order the Ohlins shock and send them back please let us know why, what was wrong. I also was very interested in the Ohlins shock from information i received from Peg and hit a wall where no one can even tell me what size the bolt holes were on the shocks or the maximum weight of that shock so i'm on hold for now. I did how ever order shocks from Racetech because their web site actually says they will make a shock for the Voyager. They can't. After about 13 weeks and sending the shocks back to be reworked 3 times they threw in the towel and refunded me back my money. That was last year and they still have advertisement on their site for the Voyager! I should add that Peg was a great help in this area and has me headed in the correct direction if only the US dealers know a little more about the products they sell.
In case you haven't researched the Ohlins completely yet this is what i found. That shock is for a 1200 sportsteer that is less weight than the voyager and can be ordered with 3 different spring options. The heaviest spring will hold over 220 lb of rider weight and then you turn the preload adjuster one turn for every 25 lbs of passenger weight so maybe it will work but that's an expensive maybe. What i would really like to know is if the shop that fitted Peg's shocks actually opened up the shock and changed the internals. Keep us posted.

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Mike07-16 as soon as I find something I will post it. I email to some other companies also and I am waiting for their answer.
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Anyone knows if the shocks from Vulcan 1600 or mean streak 1500 can be install on vaquero/voyager with some modification?
Hagon shocks are building shocks for those models. I order from them a few years ago for my roadstar and I was very pleased with it. I send them my weight and wife's plus luggage and build one for me. I had the bike for 4 years and the new owner is very happy with it also.
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