Tezza
I'm a member of a few Indian websites and there are a lot of discussions about the Scout shocks.
I have a 2016 built Scout purchased in 2017 and I found that the shocks weren't real good. I fitted some 2018 Bobber shocks in 2018 and found that the ride was a bit better.
I did a 2000 klm rally in March this year and wasn't happy with the comfort of the ride, especially on bumps. Even bumps on the freeways traveling at 110 klm/hr were ball breakers.
When I got back home and cleaned the bike I searched the net for replacement shocks and read numerous reviews. Cost was an issue but I found that some owners had no problems with their shocks.
I got the handbook out and looked at the specs for the shocks and found a section on how to set preload on shocks. I've never had to set preload on my three previous bikes (Suzuki Intruder and Boulevards) and thought I'll do the setting.
As per the book, I followed the instructions and found that I had to adjust them by 12mm.
Since then I have done a few rides with some on rough country roads and I was impressed with the improvement and comfort of the ride.
The question I'd like to ask all Scout owners, is how many owners have actually set the preload on their rear shocks.
When I purchased the bike new from Ashfield, there was no mention of setting preload during the instructions on bike features.

This could have been a simple remedy for many Scout owners.

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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Dr.Shifty
I bought a Scout in 2016 and tried setting mine right through the range. Our local roads won. I got Gazi shocks from Brisbane and they made them according to the bike, my weight, and what I had when loaded up for touring. They were a great improvement.

I rode the Scout around Tassie with forum members and it was perfect for those roads. However, on the ride back home the road (M1 motorway) got worse and worse and somewhere between Sydney and Newcastle I decided I'd had enough. The next day I was in the shop looking at a Springfield.

The new Scouts have better shocks and might not be so troublesome, or perhaps more responsive to preload settings.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Tezza
Thanks Kim,
I thought about upgrading but I have my C50T Boulevard that I use for our annual Wild Hogs 6 day ride. It is perfect on all roads and I've never had a problem with it or the suspension.
The Scout is great for local and weekend rides and I'm happy with it now that the preload is set.
I'm waiting now for more comments from other riders.

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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7thLife
Hey Tezza, I have same bike as you - 2016 Scout purchased 2017. I put up with the original pogo stick shocks until last month. I got a good deal on Fox shocks and went for a 1500 km test. Best $800 spent on bike, on par with S&S aircleaner. I found the damper adjustment on the Fox's easy to get happy place with comfort and ride handling. I am annoyed that I was too cheap to replace the original trash shocks earlier. I feel like I have a new bike, even if I haven't touched the front forks. I know the limitations of the scout and don't expect to be the nest handling of most comfortable bike. Replace the original shocks.....cheaper than replacing your Scout. Cheers
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Tezza
Did you set the preload on your rear shocks before you installed the Fox shocks? if so, did you notice any difference?

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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7thLife
Yes, found that they were uneven length out of the shop. I did adjust the preload to my weight, but didn't seem to make any difference to the death wobbles over bumps when under hard acceleration. After changing to Fox, even though there are probably better shocks out there, my regular ridden roads can be taken without handling issues and a bit more comfy.
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Tezza
I looked at the Fox shocks but thought that while it's handling ok so far, I'll stay with the Bobber shocks. Also, I have a Mustang seat which makes the ride more comfortable.

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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7thLife
Cool. The bobber shocks are probably way better than the original trash anyway. I have gunfighter duel seat which is ok.
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Tezza
Enjoy and ride safe.

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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Mon
Same bike 2016 model first rego in 2017 which I bought beginning 2018 still with original shocks. Tried every adjustment and gave up eventually putting Progressive shocks on rear and new progressive springs in front with heavier oil. Was a bit of compromise on price but happy with the result. Sure I read somewhere also the Bobber shocks are a bit shorter than the Scout ones which may effect handling as well.
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Dan
2018 scout here, I found that if I adjusted the preload as per the manual which gives a bolt to bolt length when sitting on the bike it was way too soft and bottomed out and scraped pegs too much, trial and error found the right setting for my weight but I still have to adjust when I have a passenger which is a pain in the butt but that's just how how it is.
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Tezza
I think that the design is inferior on the Scouts. I've never had to adjust my shocks on my Intruder or Boulevards whether I had my wife on or not.

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
Never lose your sense of humour.  [smile]

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Croc
Haha, got no problem, bought my Scout as a single seat bike.  Still is!  I love the bike but can't ever see me carrying anyone else on it.
Maybe due to the fact that I rode a lot of larger cruisers, still, I have even been running my Chief as a single seater, looks way cooler
& still has the passenger pegs if someone will sit on the back fender sans seat! Hm, that sound selfish??  Can set up things for the missus if needs be, but she's got a car anyway.   ðŸ˜‚😂😂
I'm Not Completely Useless . .
I Can Be Used As A Bad Example!

Kwinana W.A.

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Muchos Motos
I have a 2016 Scout and have fitted Ikon rear shocks from Dark Scout. Highly recommended.
"There’s a place out on the highway
Where I go to spend my time"
Willie Nelson "The Highway"
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Nooscout
I have a first delivery, June 2015 Scout. The original Indian suspension was lethal at speed, plus the fact that I carry my wife regularly.  After 2 months, I soon got tired of adjusting the anal, micrometer adjustment rear shocks between rides. What with taking 10 minutes per shock and skinned knuckles due to the lousy Indian C spanner. I looked and sourced Ikon (used to be  Koni) made in Albury. They took all mine and my pillion details and possible luggage details and supplied me with step adjustable preload and damping rear shocks and custom, progressive front fork springs. Dark Scout (thanks) helped me with my set up about 18 mths later (he wasn't on the scene when I upgraded my suspension, otherwise I would have used his). I run 20 weight fork oil.
The difference the Ikon setup made was well worth the money (around $900 at the time). I have never regretted it as the ride improvement and the great handling (especially at speed) have made it for me these past 5 years. Some 69,000 kms on. 
I love my Scout and would only replace it with another one. (If ever Indian brings out cruise control on a Scout). 
I am running Pirelli Night Dragons, which are only the third set of tyres on the bike and only half worn after 14000ks. Previous were the original Kenda, Indian branded tyres (23000ks), and then long wearing (32000ks) Michelin Commander lls. The Michelins were lethal in the wet, which I ride in quite regularly. I would not reccommend them to my worst enemy! (Bloody dangerous). The Pirellis are great in all conditions. I am not a commuter and my Scout is used mainly for longer distance day rides with Ulysses.
Only mods apart from suspension are short reach bars, cruising throttle lock and self made heel shifter. Touring pillion seat, Indian bags and modified after market leather sissy bar bag which I use for day rides.
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Tezza
Thanks for your comment Nooscout. If I can continue riding as is without having to spend big dollars on shock conversions, then I will be happy.
I love the Scout and I'm happy that I have had no problems with it. My mods are Crusher exhaust, beach bars, engine guards, cruiser pegs, my own clutch and brake pedals, Gort floorboards and Mustang seat.

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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Pistol660
I adjusted the preload on my 2018 Scout after my first ride. It took a few rides to get a happy medium but I haven't changed it since. 
2018 scout
UK 
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