Now that the front springs are done, it was time to bite the bullet and go for the rear progressive spring I purchased a couple of months ago from Pacific Coast Cruisers. I just couldn't ante up the big $ for a complete shock/spring assembly, but I had spring compressors and figured I could handle a simple spring change out. I was wrong on that one
The manual shows it being easy, and again, it is dead wrong. So many things need to be loosened or removed to gain access to the shock to get it out. Both side covers, seat, battery and battery case, seat release mechanism, remote gas tank (loosened, but not removed), wire loom harness, ECU, both saddlebags, drive belt guard. Getting that battery case out was quite the chore. My bike has extra wiring for the brake light modulator and a wire harness for the trailer hook up that added to the maze of wires.
Finally the old shock was out, and I quickly realized my old spring compressors were NOT up to the task (too large). After watching a couple of YouTubes (are some of these people for real?), I decided it was time to bring it to someone that could swap the springs safely. My local motorcycle service guy said he could work me in if I brought it right away, so away I went. It took them almost 1/2 hour to get the old spring out (while I watched) and the new one in. It took quite a lot of force to compress those springs. Glad I didn't try it on my own after seeing that! $40.13 total charge.
Got the shock home, installed it on the bike, and ran out of time before I could get anything else put back on. So I'll get back on it tomorrow AM and hopefully not have any extra parts left over when I finish. Will let you all know how much (if any) difference it makes. It is set at the softest setting right now.
I was initially disappointed in my front progressive spring install. When I went back to shorten the spacer, I found that I had one side fluid level set incorrectly. The spacers were shortened to 3" and siphoned fluid out of the one side to get it to 5.5" height. Made a big change! Now rides much better, but I may go back and go for 2- 3/4" depending on how the rear softens up. It did raise the front end up quite a bit from stock and will take some getting used to.
Sorry about the long winded post, but I haven't seen much written on rear progressive springs, or what it's like to get the shock off the 1300. Now you know