Progressive’s Touring Link Install - Baggers Magazine
 Here’s what comes with the Touring Link Chassis Stabilizer: A) transmission mount, B) new swingarm mount/bracket, C) connecting rod with precision rod end bearings, D) and all mounting hardware.
01. Here’s what comes with the Touring Link Chassis Stabilizer: A) transmission mount, B) new swingarm mount/bracket, C) connecting rod with precision rod end bearings, D) and all mounting hardware.
02. The rear of the bike was raised with a jack to unload the rear wheel (but not off the ground). The stock swingarm bracket will be replaced with the Progressive unit. After removing the passenger floorboard, Dan had to loosen up the right-side exhaust to provide clearance so he could remove the lower mounting bolt (arrow).
03. With the two bolts removed, Dan was then able to remove the stock swingarm bracket. The chrome center cap was removed so that it could be pressed into the new mount.
04. Depending on the year of the bike, Progressive provides a frame mount locator key and pin. The new swingarm mount comes with this lower pin (red arrow) already installed for ’93-02 FLH/FLT models. For ’93-later bikes, a secondary pin (yellow arrow) has to be pressed in for the locator key. Dan used his bench vise to press the pin in.
05. Once again using his bench vise, Dan pressed the locator key onto the two pins.
06. The locator key will fit in the slot in this rubber mount.
07. Next, with some thread locker on the stock bolts, the new swingarm mount was bolted in place. The chrome cap was popped into position and the brakeline clamp was secured to the mount.
08. Looking at the back of the transmission, the rear corner bolt and both bolts on either side needed to be removed from the trans pan.
09. The transmission mount comes with three new bolts, two ¼-20x1¾-inch bolts and one ¼-20x13⁄8-inch bolt.
10. The two 1¾-inch bolts were installed in the rear two holes (red arrow) and the 13⁄8-inch bolt was installed in the front hole (yellow arrow). The bolts were torqued to factory spec.
11. After following the manual’s procedure for checking proper alignment, Dan used the supplied bolts and washers to secure the connecting rod to the two Touring Link mounts. The instructions point out that the washers must sit between the mounts and connecting rod and that the male end of the connecting rod has to be secured to the transmission mount. If you know about the birds and the bees, you’ll know which is the male rod end.
12. In about an hour, Dan had the Touring Link installed and hit the road. There’s a pretty good sweeping turn on one of the transition freeways he rides daily, and the bumps in the turn always seem to upset his bike. After hitting the turn several days in a row, Dan found that he was able to breeze through at much higher speeds and the bike held it’s line perfectly without any feedback or wobble from the rear. He’s become much more confident in the performance and ride quality of his bike.
Nothing will make your backside pucker up like the rear of your bagger doing the backside wiggle just as you hit the apex of sweeper at 50 mph. Shimmying and shaking through the rest of the turn, your heartbeat goes into panic mode as you try to get the rear of the bike in check. Many of you pre-’09 (before the frame change) bagger riders most likely know exactly what we are talking about: the dreaded bagger wobble.
There are several things/combination of things that can cause the wobble, such as low rear tire pressure, poor tread on your rear tire, worn motor mounts or swingarm cleveblock bushings, overloaded or improperly loaded bike, and/or lateral movement of the rear of the drivertrain/swingarm. Our friend, Dan, experienced the wobble on his ’05 Road Glide and after everything checked out ok, he decided to address the lateral movement of the drivetain by installing a Progressive Suspension Touring Link Chassis Stabilizer ($199.95, PN 30-2000) onto his bike.
Designed to fit ’93-08 H-D touring models and comprised of a new forged steel swingarm mount, a transmission mount bracket, connecting rod, and the necessary hardware, the Touring Link Chassis Stabilizer secures the rear of the drivetrain to the frame to help keep the drivetrain/swingarm assembly aligned with the chassis. Follow along as we show how easily the Touring Link can be installed. B
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