PREMIUM RIDE, HAND-ADJUSTABLE TOURING SHOCKS
J054212012-05-28
GENERAL
Kit Number
54000008
Models
For model fitment information, see the P&A Retail Catalog or the Parts and Accessories section of www.harley-davidson.com (English only).
Additional Parts Required
Separate purchase of LOCTITE® 243 Threadlocker and Sealant - Blue (99642-97) for proper installation of this kit. Loctite is available from a Harley-Davidson dealer.
WARNING
Rider and passenger safety depend upon the correct installation of this kit. Use the appropriate service manual procedures. If the procedure is not within your capabilities or you do not have the correct tools, have a Harley-Davidson dealer perform the installation. Improper installation of this kit could result in death or serious injury. (00333b)
NOTE
This instruction sheet references service manual information. A service manual for your model motorcycle is required for this installation and is available from a Harley-Davidson dealer.
INSTALLATION
NOTE
Both OEM shocks must be removed before installing the shocks from this kit. To remove both shocks, place the motorcycle on a center stand with the rear wheel raised off the ground.
If you choose to save the air shocks, never lay the shock absorber down. Always keep the shock absorber upright to prevent oil from draining out through the compression fitting. Any loss of oil requires replacement of the shock absorber. The fitting can be sealed with a screw plug.
WARNING
Use caution when bleeding air from the suspension. Moisture combined with lubricant may leak onto the rear wheel, tire and/or brake components and adversely affect traction, which could result in death or serious injury. (00084a)
1Screw
2Air shock bracket
Figure 1. Remove Air Shock Bracket
1Preload adjustment knob
Figure 2. Preload Adjustment Knob
1.
Refer to Rear Shock Absorbers in the service manual to remove the air suspension system and the air shocks.
2.
See Figure 1. Remove screw (1) from the air valve bracket assembly and remove assembly. Save the air valve bracket assembly if you plan to reuse the air shocks. Install the screw to the frame rail and saddle bag support and tighten to 20.3–27.1 N·m (15–20 ft-lbs). If wire harness is secured to air shock bracket with a cable tie, remove cable tie. Install a new cable tie around wire harness and saddlebag support.
3.
Install the lock washer to the lower shock bolt and then the flat washer and apply two or three drops of Loctite 243 to the bolt threads.
4.
See Figure 3. Install the shock absorber (1) on the left side of the vehicle with the preload adjustment knob toward the front of the motorcycle, as shown in Figure 2, and start the bolt into the swingarm mount.
5.
Install lock washer and flat washer to the upper shock bolt and apply two or three drops of Loctite to the thread bolts.
6.
Tighten the upper and lower shock bolts to 47–54 N·m (35–40 ft-lbs).
7.
Repeat steps 3, 5 and 6 for the right side shock absorber, oriented as shown in Figure 3.
NOTICE
Wipe all fingerprints off of exhaust system components after installation and before starting engine. Oil from hands can leave permanent marks on exhaust system finish. (00346a)
Shock Absorber Preload Adjustment
NOTE
The shock absorber preload can be adjusted for the weight the motorcycle is to carry. Increase preload to accommodate the total load on the motorcycle. Reduce the preload if carrying less weight.
  1. Remove the left side saddlebag if installed.
  2. See Figure 2. Rotate the preload adjustment knob counterclockwise until it stops. This is the minimum preload position.
  3. Refer to Table 2. Rotate the preload adjustment knob clockwise the recommended number of turns to increase the preload for the total weight of the rider, passenger, cargo and added accessories. The knob will click after each full rotation.
KIT CONTENTS
1Adjustable left side shock
2Right side shock
Figure 3. Adjustable Touring Shock Kit
Table 1. Service Parts: Adjustable Touring Shock Absorbers
Item
Description (Quantity)
Part Number
1
Shock absorber, left side
Not Sold Separately
2
Shock absorber, right side
Not Sold Separately
Table 2. Recommended Preload Settings
PRELOAD TURNS FROM MINIMUM
Without Tour-Pak
PRELOAD TURNS FROM MINIMUM
With Tour-Pak
LB
KG
LB
KG
0
Under 220
Under 100
0
Under 170
Under 170
1
220
100
1
170
77
2
230
104
2
180
82
3
240
109
3
190
86
4
250
113
4
200
91
5
260
118
5
210
95
6
270
122
6
220
100
7
280
127
7
230
104
8
290
132
8
240
109
9
300
136
9
250
113
10
310
141
10
260
118
11
320
145
11
270
122
12
330
150
12
280
127
13
340
154
13
290
131
14
350
159
14
300
136
15
360
163
15
310
141
16
370
168
16
320
145
17
380
172
17
330
150
18
390
177
18
340
154
19
400 to GVWR
181 to GVWR
19
350 to GVWR
159 to GVWR
Load includes the total weight of the rider, passenger, cargo and added accessories.