tGLIDE Stuff LLC
3105 West Godman Avenue
Muncie, Indiana 47304
765 748 5369
Innovative Parts for Your Tri Glide
Quality, Function and Fit
I manufacture Shock Lift Brackets and Tour Box Rails to both level out your Tri Glide and improve comfort for both you and your passenger.
I do not buy & re-package parts to sale. I Design, Make and Use what I sell.
There is a difference. If you buy here, you know I designed and made the part here.
If you call or e-mail with a question, again, I answer all phone calls and e-mails.
Just a one man shop.
Stock 2011 T Glide / 50 PSI in Shocks /
1.25 Lift Kit / Tour box lift / 30 PSI in Shocks
2014 Tri Glides. Tri Glide on Left has
1.25 Shock Lifts and Tour Box Lift / Relocation Rails
Tests Made to compare different heights and locations of shock mounts
For several years I have been making the Tri Glide Lift Brackets originally thought up by Jerry Lenard. Based on his design concept (getting rid of the rear sag) and my testing of different lift heights and bottom shock locations. All starting out just for the “more level look” of the Tri Glide. Then the ride testing for how it handled and “felt” on the road. I did not advertise the improved ride and handling qualities part but it was immediately reported through the forums and testimonials I received. There are several lifts sold today. Some sold as providing a softer ride. I as well as others have tested all types. From our test, A "lift is a lift", this is not rocket science.
The looks part is very obvious, the ride part, at best is subjective. My “butt o-meter” has told me that ride quality and handling was greatly improved. To this point I was only guessing to why and wondered about how much if any, the weight was transferred on the TG. Today I decided that I would do a few back to back test.
My test: I set up three race car scales to weigh my TG at all three tires. Then I took two sets of rear shock brackets. Stock, and tGLIDEstuff 1.25 Lifts.
Test riding each set (butt o-meter test) and weighing at each tire for comparison.
Results: I did not remove anything from bike between tests except some gas was used so weight of overall bike varied a couple pounds.
Stock brackets: Total Bike Weight 1270
Front Tire: 348 / 27.40%
Right Rear: 460 / 36.22%
Left Rear: 462 / 36.38% Frt 27.4% / Rear72.6%
tGLIDEstuff 1.25 lift bracket: Total Bike Weight 1272
Front Tire: 348 / 27.35%
Right Rear: 461 / 36.25%
Left Rear: 463 / 36.4% Frt 27.35% / Rear 72.65%
With me on trike, static, weight distributed real even front to back.
When I weighed trike with me on it / 182 pounds
Front Tire 403
Right Rear 523
Left Rear 528 Frt 27.72% / Rear 72.28%
(Just a little movement in seat changed rear side weights only)
This was done at David Parkhurst shop. David has years of experience fabricating and setting up race cars. When he saw what I was going to do, he stated that I would see little to no change on “static” weight distribution with just changing rear height. This type of setup shows itself in movement and handling. What I call “butt o-meter”. But I had to know. Glad I am not a betting man, I would have lost the ranch!
Back to stock: Sags like a loaded down sow. WOW, after more than 30,000 miles with lifts, it was night and day. A slight low speed wobble over bumps. Stock is so hard to steer going into corners, accelerating out, rear seemed lighter, reverse of what I would have thought. Weight in motion, needed to experiment and feel to believe. I think I also felt every rock on road, like going from a Caddy to a Vega.
tGLIDEstuff 1.25 lift: Looks great with rear lifted. Corners like it is on rails. Sitting position better. Ride night and day different from stock. Smoother and no sudden or unexpected steering movements. No slow speed wobble over bumps.
I had been through allot of testing before, both height and shock placement. As I have always stated, I found my original brackets just right but I felt handling was better because of front being loaded more. It may be in motion but not static. Lifts do not change the overall static distribution percentage of weight. But ride it and magic happens!!!!! We all like magic, right?
Why 1.25 inch Shock and 7/16 inch Rear Tour Box Lift?
I started looking at how a Tri-Glide sat low in rear while reading a forum on Internet. Jerry Leonard out of North Carolina had flame cut some replacement shock brackets for his trike. Looking at pictures of his trike, I liked the new look of it being level.
Having experience with designing and cutting parts on a water jet machine, I saw this was a perfect part to use with this type of technology. Speaking with Jerry I learned he had ran both 1.5 and 1.25 inch lifts. I drew new designs for a 1, 1.25 and 1.5 inch lift and cut test sets. I found location of shock mount was critical and adjusted design. I have ran all three sizes on my personal 2011 Tri-Glide.
I found the 1 inch brackets did not raise Trike enough for the look I wanted. (at the time I did not test for ride quality as I was only going for "looks") Thinking more is better, I installed the 1.5 inch set. I found the look was very appealing, trike looked like one would think it should look and tested it for 3000 miles. What I found was low speed handling was improved, sitting position seemed more comfortable and overall appearance of trike was more pleasing. The down side was at highway speeds, I found the steering much more sensitive to rider input. Even after 3000 miles I felt uncomfortable with steering, not unsafe, but thought it was too much lift.
I then installed the 1.25 inch lift, thinking that with only .25 inch less lift it would not make allot of difference. I was proved wrong. This size lift, I feel, was the perfect compromise in both appearance and handling of the Tri-Glide. Ride felt softer and it goes through curves like it is on rails.
Fast Forward to 2017: For testing of a 1-2 lift I make for the 2017 models, I have installed a set of 1-2 lifts on my personal 2011 TG. Do not have a lot of miles on them yet but I will say this: Handles the same as the 1.25 and 1.25-2 lifts as far as I can tell. Not a noticeable difference in appearance. As a qualifier for my statement, I have over 60K on this same TG I am testing on.
The Trike with a 1.25-2 or 1-2 lift still leaves the Tour Box and its lights sitting a little low in rear. I found that a lift at rear of box finished off the leveling of trike for appearance. I also wanted the ability to move Tour Box back for more passenger room. I found that the box could be moved up to two inches without any wiring modifications. After three test fittings of rails, I found the 1 inch wide aluminum rails both fit the application and kept material at a reasonable cost. I believe the overall design, fit and finish of these rails along with the reasonable cost, makes raising both the trike and Tour Box affordable.
6 Years of designing and making parts for the Tri-Glide
NEW for the 2017 Model Tri-Glides
With HD moving the CAT back further as well as pipe diameter change, some were finding they could not get the “traditional” lift bracket to fit without messing with the exhaust system. Working with a few testers, I redesigned my lift brackets. They now have (2) two bolt locations. Testers found that with using either bolt location, they can fit up the 1-2 brackets on a 2017 TG with no exhaust modifications. These lifts are called 1 – 2 lift. They lift the mufflers at the rear up 1.25 inches. (1- 1/4)
I have also designed what I am calling a 1.25 – 2 lift. These are also a (2) two bolt lift. These lift the rear muffler tips 1.5 inches. (1 - 1/2) Testers have found these fit but are a task to install on the 2017. Two HD Dealers could not get them on due to new (very large weld by HD) at back of CAT. They did get the 1-2 Lift on.
Testing is on-going with the 1 - 2 lifts on a 2017. Tester has both types and has decided he wants to test these further. He states he likes the seat height, windshield height and overall stance of 2017 TG with the 1 - 2 lift. At this time he also states they have the same benefits in handling as the 1.25 - 2 lifts.
As both of these new style two bolt lifts also fit the older TGs, I will keep my present 1.25 one bolt lifts on sale and phase them out when they are all sold.