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Want to lower a 2004 fxdl from the stock 12 inch , i have a set of progressive shocks 11 inches eye to eye. will it rub on the fender?

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I don't think it will. I have a 2002 FXDWG and 1 inch shorter than stock shocks and plenty of clearance.

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