Progressive 412 Shocks For Harley Sportster 2004-2018
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Progressive Suspension 412 Series Shocks For Harley Sportster

The 412 Series shocks are simply the best value shock the Progressive offers. The 412's simple, durable design means they will be an improvement to your motorcycle's suspension performance for as long as you are riding it. The double-wall steel body construction with nitrogen charged, multi-staged velocity-sensitive valving gives you smooth, consistent damping. A five position cam-style preload adjuster lets you dial in your ride whether you're a light rider or heavy hitter. Step into suspension that works for you.


  • Nitrogen-charged
  • Cam-style preload adjuster
  • Sold as a pair
  • Made in USA


  • Depending on model, your stock shock length is 11" to 13"
  • Shock lengths are measured fully extended, eyelet to eyelet on centers
  • A change in height at one end of the bike may require a change at the other
  • Changing ride height can potentially change the trail and mechanical trail
  • Heavy Duty shocks are recommended for bikes operated at or near the OEM maximum load rating over 50% of the time
  • Prior to purchasing shocks that are different than your OEM length, please verify that wheel and suspension travel can be altered without causing clearance issues to the swingarm, axle, frame, tire, fender, chain/belt and guard, and exhaust


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This Product Fits:
Harley Davidson
Sportster Custom XL1200C 20042018
Sportster Custom XL883C 20042009
Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X 20102018
Sportster Iron XL883N 20092018
Sportster Low/SuperLow XL883L 20052018
Sportster Low XL1200L 20062011
Sportster Nightster XL1200N 20072012
Sportster Roadster XL1200CX 2016, 2017, 2018
Sportster Roadster XL1200R 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Sportster Roadster XL883R 20042012
Sportster Seventy-Two XL1200V 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Sportster SuperLow XL1200T 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Sportster XL883 20042009
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Best investment I've made for my sporty!
Stock shocks on my bike were 11", so I went with the 12" Progressive 412's as I wanted my bike to sit a little taller (problem with kick stand dragging on left turns). Took me about 40 minutes to put on, and boy do they make a huge difference. The bumps/pot holes that use to throw me off my seat, no longer do. I don't know why I waited so long to get these!

2009 Harley Nightster XL1200N
June 1, 2015
over 2 years ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Completely new bike
I ride an XL883L and found that with the stock suspension that every time I leaned the bike for a turn I was scraping something against the ground. I bought the 13 inch heavy duty spring and installed them on my bike. Not only is the ride much smoother, but it also raised the bike enough that I can actually lean for my turns without scraping. I would highly recommend this product, even if you are fine with the stock ride height, just for the smoother ride.
May 30, 2016
1 year ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
This product is an significant improvement at a reasonable price.
I commute everyday through the pothole infested streets of NYC on my iron 883. I ride 2 up about 50% of the time so when a pothole is unavoidable the stock rear shocks would bottom out making it unpleasant for the passenger and myself. The 11.5" progressive 412 shocks allow enough travel without sacrifying the look or handling of the bike. I also chose the heavy duty spring because of the extra weight i carry with a passenger but if you plan on riding solo most of the time a standard spring should be fine.
June 22, 2015
2013 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron XL883N
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Great improvement over stock shocks
Stock shocks road very hard and would bottom out too often, I weigh 175 lbs, wife weighs 110 lbs. After installing the 412 and finding the middle adjustment worked fine, the bottoming out issue was solved and the ride was greatly improved. These were installed on a 2015 HD Sportster Custom. Thank you Progressive for making a great shock, and Thank You Revzilla for the quick delivery.
October 15, 2015
1 year ago
2015 Harley Davidson Sportster Custom XL1200C
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Sportster 2015 Superlow - Installed rogressive 412's
Changed the stock shocks to progressive 412's as the stock shocks were killing my back. Originals were 11.5 inch I think. Changed them out for 12.5 inch. Raised the ride height a little, but no noticeable change in the look of the bike. Ride is greatly improved. I don't have to stand on my pegs anymore when I go over rumble strips. A great buy.I would recommend them .
January 14, 2016
1 year ago
Bang For The Buck
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Great so far (800 miles on em) on '07 XL1200C
Much better shocks for my '07 XL1200C. The factory ones were 11.75" and were on the 4th preload to keep from bottoming out. For my new shocks I went with the 12.5" standard weight springs. The extra little bit of height made the bike sit level. And the extra height keeps my short shots from scraping as easily. Overall I love the new shocks, only downside I see with them is the shim and bushings that come with them. Given the shocks mount fine and install easily, im not a fan of the shim setup because the shocks are meant for multiple harley applications. (I am o.c.d. about fit and aesthetics) Despite that dislike they are great. I have mine on the second preload setting for solo riding and im 230 lbs, haven't had a bottom out yet. Also has more feel in the corners without being rigid. I would recommend these to anyone. I'd really like to try a set of the higher end progressive shocks. Although at this cost, I see the 412 shocks being very, very hard to beat.

Currently have 800 miles on the 412 shocks at time of review.
October 25, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Huge improvement/15' 883iron
I am 6' 190 & was not happy with the ride of the stock shocks, I liked the lower look,but not the ride. These look great & I no longer bottom out.
July 21, 2015
2015 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron XL883N
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
They are good!
I purchased the 13" PS shocks, Standard. I weigh 210 lbs. and the stock ones presented the following behavior: medium setting was smooth, but they bottomed out, even when I was alone, in some street depressions of Rio de Janeiro; stiffest setting was rough even when I carried my 125 lbs. son (he complained) – stock shocks have only three steps.
Immediately after the PS installation, I tried the medium setting of PS shocks (third step – they have five!), but they were too stiff for my taste. The day after, I have adjusted them to the lightest setting and they seem OK for me. I have passed by some street depressions and felt no risk of bottoming out.
They are brand new: 20 miles ran. Well, I guess they have a softening period of around 150 miles, and maybe I have to set them a little stiffer in the future, maybe one step.
I do not recommend the Heavy-Duty ones for you if you weigh equal to or less than me.
Bike: Harley Davidson 2010 Sportster XL883R – the tall one.
November 28, 2014
2010 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Roadster XL883R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Great improvement
I ordered these to replace the stock shocks on my XL883C. These seemed to be the common replacement unless you went through the effort of swapping in some road king air shocks. I considered the air shocks but decided against it in favor of these because the air shock swap had mixed reviews and I prefer spring shocks. These shocks are a massive improvement and my bike is now much more comfortable to ride. I did move up from stock 11.75 inch to 12.5 inch shocks. The increase in height improved my cornering abilities and overall rear travel. This for me was well worth the cost. Some additional height at the seat was just a bonus making the bike more comfortable at red lights and stop signs.
September 8, 2015
over 2 years ago
2006 Harley Davidson Sportster Custom XL883C
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Overall a decent rear shocks - wished I had bought the 12" or 12.5" for my 883 Iron (instead of the 11.5" that I bought)
The bike still bottoms out at preload setting of 3. It's set at 4 now (2nd stiffest preload setting) to minimise the chances of bottoming out - I ride solo and weights at 70kg.

Installation was a straight forward 30mim job at my local workshop.

Ride safe.
June 29, 2015
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sems to be best value buy for harley
Jeroen V on Aug 25, 2017
Brand name recognition and referral.
Bill C on Aug 13, 2017
sems to be best value buy for harley
Jeroen V on Aug 25, 2017
Recommendations through the internet review make a decision.
Cheolho K on Aug 24, 2017
Brand name recognition and referral.
Bill C on Aug 13, 2017
the reviews and the price
john h on Jul 18, 2017
Smoother ride on iron 883
Michael T on Jun 22, 2017
tired of bottoming out.
David M on Jun 2, 2017
Easy install, I am 280 pounds wife is 150 pounds (don't tell her I told ya'll) and set it to 5 and have yet to bottom out. I may even set it to 4. Great shocks!
Ernest R L on Jun 1, 2017
It started with a recommendation from a HOG friend. What sealed the deal is Revzilla did a good job of answering all my questions confirming I was buying the right item.
Bill H on May 17, 2017
Looking for a way better ride over the factory shocks, on a budget.
Micael E on May 8, 2017
I'm low and wanna get high.
John P on Apr 29, 2017
Changing the look and feel of my sportster.
A C on Apr 18, 2017
I needed stiffer shocks for a race bike
David D on Apr 17, 2017
These are reasonably priced shocks that were said to improve the ride while providing the opportunity to add ground clearance. They did both.
Daniel Y on Feb 25, 2017
fit and finish, price!!
Troy V on Dec 31, 2016
I really felt it would make my bike ride much better.
A C on Nov 26, 2016
The OE rear shocks do not have a good rid for me unless i have an extra 40 or so pounds on the back. I hope this helps.
Schemm79 on Oct 22, 2016
because a motorcycle mechanic told my husband that progressive shocks were some of the best he has seen and that he recommends the to alot of his customers.
Kim H on Oct 20, 2016
Riding with my wife, the default shocks are way too soft (even in the hardest setting). The tire hits the fender. These will take care of it according to a local H&D dealer.
F I on Aug 8, 2016
Good reviews
John S on Aug 2, 2016
Friends recommendation.
H E on Jul 4, 2016
HD Forum advice
Lawrence B on May 9, 2016
My 2005 Harley Sportster XL1200C has way too hard of a ride for my Wife on the back. Hoping these will soften the blows!
Colin C on Apr 23, 2016
Because progressive have a good reputation for making quality suspension products , and I have used their fork springs before on my Harleys .
Philip C on Apr 23, 2016
Reviews from customers, Revzilla's online video and outside sources.
Michael H on Apr 1, 2016
help smooth out ride
greg s on Mar 21, 2016
Highly recommended from reviews. I'm very glad I purchased.
flakbait on Mar 9, 2016
Inexpensive way to improve the rear suspension of my bike.
David O on Jan 26, 2016
Convenience and price
Steven B on Nov 15, 2015
Quality and price equal VALUE1
M C on Nov 3, 2015
Description and ease of web site good feed back in forums
Steve A on Oct 29, 2015
recommend by a friend also called Progressive for suggestions on shocks to purchase and they were very polite and helpful.
HowardS on Sep 22, 2015
good value!
Nicholas B on May 9, 2015
Better ride and good cost
Christopher S on Oct 12, 2014
Replacing 11" shocks from previous owner. Want to improve ride quality.
Erwin A on Aug 13, 2014
I bought these because of my past experience with Progressive shocks on my 86 sportster. They are excellent shocks and the ride difference is unbelieveable.
Jeff C on Apr 26, 2014
Recommendations through the internet review make a decision.
Cheolho K on Aug 24, 2017
the reviews and the price
john h on Jul 18, 2017
Hello, I am Sohan Ranade from Bombay India, I own Iron 883 2014. I want to replace my stock rear shocks with progressive 412. I have some queries in this regard:

1) Which type should i buy? Normal, heavy duty or cruiser?
2) What length of shocks should I buy?
2) Will it affect the ride quality / posture on negative side if replaced with longer shocks like 13"?

My weight is 236 lbs + my wife's 140 lbs, I ride solo 70% of times and mostly on highways. We have bad road conditions in our country, un-leveled tarmac, sudden pot-hole lurking are pretty common. My budget is up to $300.
Please help.
Sohan R on Oct 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I recommend Heavy duty. Try using at softest stage: the first step, spring less stressed.
As you did not write your present shock height, I cannot recommend if 13" will be a good choice, but long heights represent more confort. Talk to your moto service man, if your bike can withstand such height.
I have a quandary. I'm 5'6" 170lbs. I commute with my '04 883 but on weekends 2up with the wife. She is 5'6" 190lbs. The bike rides like crap 2 up and bottoms when you hit holes in the pavement. Which one of these shocks would you recommend? Heavy duty? 12", 12.5?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I went 12.5 honestly because i was tired of scraping pegs on every damn turn, but ive ridden with a passenger of combined weight about 320 and it rode just fine. They are way softer ride than the factory rocks it came with lol
To anyone who has purchased these: Do you ever feel like changing the front-fork springs also?
Ernesto M on Nov 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought rear and front springs at the same time but put these rear springs on first and took the bike out immediately. The improvement in the ride was excellent. The front was noticeably lacking with these installed so I changed the front springs and with the improved ride in the front it was like riding the bike it was designed to be. Great impovememts in feel, handling, and comfort. I also raised the rear height by 1 inch with the rear shocks which was an understated but awesome improvement.
Hi I have a 2011 sportster 1200 custom, I find the ride a little rough, I also have short legs and the bike fits me nicely, can you make a suggestion of what shock and size I should get to improve the ride, and not raise the bike more than 1 inch? I am considering the Sportster comfort flex rear shock or the progressive 412 series, I'm not looking for a lot of bling, just a good smooth ride that won't raise the bike to much.
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: When I removed my stock shocks from my 2008 Sportster XL 1200C the measurement from eye to eye was 11 1/2". I went with the 13" shocks due to the fact that I am 6' 1" with a 32" inseam and 195 lbs. Great ride quality!! Progressive puts out a great product!
I want to either raise or stiffen the rear shocks for my 2012 XL sporty. Any good suggestions?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I fitted the 12.5" shocks on my 2009 custom, they made a very significant improvement, in handling and shock absorbing. Riding solo (90kg) I set the preload on 3, with two up, I have to raise it one notch.
However if I bought again, I would probably go with the 13", more travel would definitely be better. Also I would probably upgrade the front springs, to progressive rate ones, as the lift in the back places more shock load on the front forks.
The front forks really need to have a soft initial movement, at the moment, because of the added weight bias now on the front, they are too stiff to absorb sudden shocks.
It doesn't affect me too much as I only ride occasionally, but if I was riding on a regular basis, I would definitely upgrade the front springs.
Just my opinion, hope it helps
I have a 883 Iron 2015 I am in Australia now for some reason the standard shock over here is 13" as it is 11" in the USA. I am 5'8 and 200 lbs my bike is a bone jarrer and just on joins in the roads. I do have a single saddle seat which probably does not help. I like the slammed look but worried it might not help the ride quality. So I suppose the question is Do I stay at 13" or could I go shorter???
A shopper on Nov 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Going shorter will definitely degrade the ride quality. Even with 13" inch shocks the ride height is 1.8" total. Lowering it will reduce the travel making the bike look great but you will feel every road imperfection. Being that 13" is the most you can fit to the Sportster, consider replace the stock shock with Progressive units. The build quality of the valving is superior to the OEM units and the spring rate is progressive instead of a straight rate. You'll appreciate the improved ride quality much more than sacrificing it.
I ride a 2013 Iron 883, and I'm thinking of going with progressives 412's or 444's. I like the stock height and how it looks a bit slammed, but its a harsh ride. I was told that if I installed 12" progressives with a lowering block kit I will maintain that slammed look as it shifts the lower end of the shock 1" to the back, so technically the shock height becomes at 11" which provides the better comfort and performance combo with the slammed stock look. I also ride 2 up with the wife occasionally on weekends on my stocks, the ride is a bit crappy but tolerable. Therefore, my question is... what I was told about the lowering kit and 12" shocks combo a good idea or should I go 11.5" without the lowering block..any suggestions? And in my case, should I go 412 or 444 (Is there a game changing difference between the two?). Thanks!
Turk S on Oct 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have the progressive 412 13" and I love them...! If you want to keep the look that you said you like, I suggest you go with the 11.5" without the block. You will be happy with it....
Hi there,

I have a 2007 XL1200 low that is currently smashing my coxis to pieces. I'm looking into these 412's however what is this 11/11.5/12/12.5 all about? I'm not over fussed about adjusting the rear ride height higher from what it is now.

A shopper on Jun 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The longer the the shock the more travel you get. Better performance and ride quality. Just remember the higher you go the more gap you get between the tire and fender.
what is OEM ?
A C on Sep 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Original Equipment Manufacturer
what is oem ?
A C on Sep 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: short for original equipment manufacturer