Richard I wonder if your improved ride was as much from replacing worn shocks as it was going to HDs?
I like the idea of a bit firmer ride but I think I'm going to take the "safe" route and stick with the original Bilsteins. And I will take the advice to replace all four as well as the swaybar bushings.
And unfortunately I'm going to pay to have it done at an independent shop... I live in Minnesota and significant DIY projects are limited to summer months. I'm getting too old and creaky for worming around on frozen concrete.
I'll report back when completed, thanks again for all the input.
PS -- Any other wear items that should be replaced at the same time?