Well I guess I will have to research the rear also and find out if this is within my budget right now. We have a trip planned for the first week in June. I am trying to justify it with it being a huge difference vs stock ride.
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I put the progressive 416's in the rear of my 97, and it made a noticeable difference. I later went with Race Tech springs for the front, but I think I need to add some more preload (Race Tech includes a piece of Schedule 40 PVC pipe as a spacer - you cut it to the right length to put the correct amount of preload - mine has more static sag than I like, so I'll probably bump up the preload with a longer spacer.) I can't really comment much on the front, since I think I don't have it setup optimally, but as it is, it's definitely better than stock.
I'd say if you're doing fork seals, you might as well do the springs at the same time, but as Dave mentioned, you won't get the full appreciation for the front unless the rear is done as well. The rears are about $400 (USD), whereas the front springs are about $115. When I did my seals, I did the bushings as well - not much more $ while you're in there.
On the progressive front springs, I don't have personal experience (since I went with Race Tech) with them, but I've heard there's more preload than stock and it's very difficult to get the fork caps back on with the progressives unless you have the special tool (or make one, there's a few threads on making your own tool on the forum.)
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