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    Harley RL Ride Control Question

    On a 1936 RL;
    Is it possible /advisable to install a ride control unit if the stamped steel fork spring guard is also installed.
    Just curious.
    Thanks in advance.
    Mark

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    Re: Harley RL Ride Control Question

    Yes,look at the early 45" WLs in Palmers book.They have ride control & the spring cover.The ride control sits on top of the tin cover at the top[under spring top nuts] & bolts to the perches for the horn mounts on the bottom like VL.What you don't see is a servicar with the ride control.You also see '36 VLs with both[different tin spring cover for '36VL]
    Last edited by duffeycycles; 02-06-2019 at 10:08 AM.

  3. Re: Harley RL Ride Control Question

    I have a 36 VLD which also has the one year (for V series) spring cover. While it is possible to have the ride control and the cover both I was advised that is a real pain in the butt to fit one over the other without issues or some damage to the cover. Since I had just finished the paint job, I was hesitant to say the least. I rode a friends 35 which has no cover but did have the ride control and in my opinion the minor difference in the operation and feel of the springer made it not worth it to me. I haven't regretted it to date ( some 5k miles). Hope this helps......Smitty

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    Re: Harley RL Ride Control Question

    Thanks to both of you.
    Smitty, That's why I added the "advisable" in my initial question. I seemed to remember hearing about the ride control and the cover rubbing or interfering some how.
    Mark

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