Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: West Coast, North Island, New Zealand
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.
Paul (Peg) Elliott
New Plymouth, NZ. '10 Voyager 1700
'02 Nomad 1500(sold) '97 VN800B (sold)
2 Honda's, 2 Suzuki's, 1 Yamaha (all dead)