PREMIUM RIDE, HAND-ADJUSTABLE TOURING SHOCKS
J064442018-01-16
GENERAL
Kit Number
54000159
Models
For model fitment information, see the P&A Retail Catalog or the Parts and Accessories section of www.harley-davidson.com (English only).
Installation Requirements
Separate purchase of LOCTITE 243 MEDIUM STRENGTH 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)
WARNING
Installation of any accessory suspension components can affect cornering clearance. This could distract the rider, causing loss of control and death or serious injury. (00431b)
NOTE
This instruction sheet references service manual information. A service manual for this year/model motorcycle is required for this installation. One is available from a Harley-Davidson dealer.
Kit Contents
See Figure 2 and Table 1.
INSTALLATION
NOTE
Both OE (Original equipment) 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.
1Preload adjustment knob
Figure 1. Preload Adjustment Knob
1.
Remove rear shock absorbers. Refer to the service manual.
2.
NOTE
  • See Figure 2. Install right shock absorber (1) with the rod end up.
  • Install right shock absorber with thicker end (3) of bushings facing frame.
  • Install left shock absorber (2) with the knob topside and facing forward.
Install the flat washer to the lower shock bolt. Apply threadlocker to the bolt threads.
3.
See Figure 2. Install the shock absorber (2) on the left side of the vehicle with the preload adjustment knob toward the front as shown in Figure 1. Start the bolt into the rear fork mount.
4.
Install flat washer to the upper shock bolt. Apply threadlocker to the bolt threads. Install upper shock bolt into frame.
5.
Tighten the upper and lower shock bolts to.
Torque: 85.4–95 N·m (63–70 ft-lbs)
6.
Repeat previous steps for the right side shock absorber, oriented as shown in Figure 2.
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. Reduce the preload if carrying less weight.
  1. Remove the left side saddlebag if installed.
  2. See Figure 1. Rotate the preload adjustment knob counterclockwise until it stops. This position is the minimum preload.
  3. See Table 2 for models with Tour-Pak ®. See Table 3 for models without Tour-Pak. Rotate the preload adjustment knob clockwise the recommended number of turns to increase the preload for the total weight. This weight includes the rider, passenger, cargo and accessories. The knob will click after each half rotation.
  4. Turn the knob half turns to fine tune the ride if desired.
  5. Install the left saddlebag if removed.
KIT CONTENTS
1Right side
2Left side
3Thicker end toward frame
Figure 2. Manual Adjust Shock Absorber
Table 1. Service Parts: Adjustable Touring Shock Absorbers
Item
Description (Quantity)
Part Number
1
Shock absorber, right side
54000114
2
Shock absorber, left side
54000113
Table 2. Suspension Preload Table: Low Length Shocks - Models with Tour-Pak
Additional Weight of Passenger, Cargo and Accessories
lb
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
kg
0
5
9
14
18
23
27
32
36
41
45
50
54
59
64
68
73
77
82
Rider Weight
Full Turns of Knob
68 kg (150 lb)
0
0
0
1
2
3
4
6
7
8
9
10
11
13
14
15
16
17
18
73 kg (160 lb)
0
0
0
2
3
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
13
14
16
17
18
19
77 kg (170 lb)
0
0
1
2
3
5
6
7
8
9
11
12
13
14
15
16
18
19
20
82 kg (180 lb)
0
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
10
11
12
14
15
16
17
18
19
21
86 kg (190 lb)
0
1
3
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
13
14
16
17
18
19
20
21
91 kg (200 lb)
1
2
3
5
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
95 kg (210 lb)
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
10
11
12
14
15
16
17
18
19
21
22
23
100 kg (220 lb)
3
4
5
6
7
8
10
11
12
13
14
16
17
18
19
20
21
23
-
104 kg (230 lb)
3
4
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23
-
109 kg (240 lb)
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
12
13
15
16
17
18
19
21
22
23
-
113 kg (250 lb)
5
6
7
8
10
11
12
13
14
15
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
-
118 kg (260 lb)
6
7
8
9
10
11
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23
-
122 kg (270 lb)
6
8
9
10
11
12
13
15
16
17
18
19
20
22
23
-
Table 3. Suspension Preload Table: Low Length Shocks - Models without Tour-Pak
Additional Weight of Passenger, Cargo and Accessories
lb
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
kg
0
5
9
14
18
23
27
32
36
41
45
50
54
59
64
68
73
77
82
Rider Weight
Full Turns of Knob
68 kg (150 lb)
Min
1
2
3
4
6
7
8
9
10
11
73 kg (160 lb)
Min
2
3
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
77 kg (170 lb)
Min
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
11
12
13
82 kg (180 lb)
Min
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
10
11
12
14
86 kg (190 lb)
Min
2
3
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
13
14
91 kg (200 lb)
Min
1
2
3
5
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
15
95 kg (210 lb)
Min
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
10
11
12
14
15
16
100 kg (220 lb)
Min
1
3
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
13
14
16
16
104 kg (230 lb)
Min
1
2
3
5
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
15
16
16
109 kg (240 lb)
Min
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
12
14
15
16
17
18
113 kg (250 lb)
Min
1
3
4
5
6
7
8
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
118 kg (260 lb)
Min
1
2
3
4
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
15
16
18
19
20
122 kg (270 lb)
Min
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
12
13
15
16
17
18
19
20