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Old 09-22-2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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Returning a lowered ninja to stock height

So I bought a used '02 zx6 without realizing it was lowered. It's got a dog-bone looking thing connecting the swingarm to the rear shock with 3 bolt holes to adjust the rear ride height.

A guy at cycle gear told me the top hole should take me back to stock height and that doing that will improve handling in the corners. It looks like a simple enough procedure if I could get the bike's weight off the rear wheel but I'm not sure how to do that.

I've got front and rear stands. It looks like I might be able to get a hydraulic jack up under the bottom of the rear shock and possibly under the oil pan but neither option looks like it would be particularly stable.

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Old 09-22-2006, 09:04 PM   #2
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if you make it down to clear lake, i got a motorcycle jack you can borrow
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:06 PM   #3
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If you have a garage, use ratchet straps to secure the bike to the door track. Pull up on it slowly - and with an extra pair of hands - to make sure the bike stays level L to R. You just need to take it high enough to clear the rear wheel off the ground.
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i rigged my garage up cuz im to cheap to buy a biek jack or stands..

i secured the bikes front end with bike straps to two pillars in my garage..

jackeed the bike up by the shock..

and put 2 automotive stands on each side of the swingarm...


just my .02 on how u can jerryrig somethin
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If you have a garage, use ratchet straps to secure the bike to the door track. Pull up on it slowly - and with an extra pair of hands - to make sure the bike stays level L to R. You just need to take it high enough to clear the rear wheel off the ground.

^^^ now thats Mcgyver ish right there :notworthy
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awesome i didn't even think about using ratchet straps. thanks!!!
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^^^ now thats Mcgyver ish right there :notworthy
That's nothing - I've rigged luggage for my bike out of ammo cans, rigged a power socket under the seat from WalMart parts, and generally rig anything I can because I'm poor but creative. :icon_bigg
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luggage out of ammo cans... never heard of that before... i have used luggage in *place* of ammo cans. =)
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do you jack up a bike by the oil pan?
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:43 PM   #10
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luggage out of ammo cans... never heard of that before... i have used luggage in *place* of ammo cans. =)
Pics are at home, but it's pretty neat. They lock onto the Givi luggage rack with sliding door locks, and are held in place with hockey pucks and steel.

On the SV we jacked up, there was a luggage rack on the back. We used the hooks from the ratchet straps on them. I suppose you can use soft ties on the grab rails, but you want to stay near the top of the bike to keep the weight evenly distributed. If you try for something like the rearsets the bike is libel to flip on ya.
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If you have a garage, use ratchet straps to secure the bike to the door track. Pull up on it slowly - and with an extra pair of hands - to make sure the bike stays level L to R. You just need to take it high enough to clear the rear wheel off the ground.
be careful about using the rails of your garage doors to do that with, not all garage doors are the same, diffrent companies use diffrent products, some rails are not that good in quality, if you bend the rail the wrong way, it could knock the rollers out of the panels thus the door could fall on your , new rails with labor would probably cost you about 150 there, new door (if its a 16x7), you can get a cheap one for about $600.

just giving you warning, garage doors are what i do for a living.
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Good point. If yu have a crawl space above the garage, you can also span a 2x4 across the opening and run the strap up and around that.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:05 PM   #13
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Just make sure to raise the front end too if it was lowered also.

If you're still not comfortable doing it, we'll raise the front and back up to stock height again for $30.00.
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thanks for all the info guys. i just finished it up.

first i put her up on front and rear stands and then *slowly* jacked her up with a hydraulic car jack under the oil pan. both the fork and the rear shock raised up quite a bit so i put some ankle weights on the front wheel just to ease my nerves.

once one side of the swingarm came a few millimeters up off the rear stand i scratched my head for a while trying to figure out how to make the bolt come out easily and also making sure i was sure the damned thing wouldn't fall over on me when i did it. =)

i ended up having to lift up on the swingarm a little bit because its weight was resting on that bolt. once i did that it came out pretty easy.

then i slowly jacked her up little by little until i could line up the holes, then bolted it up and lowered her back down onto the rear stand.

man... it made a bigger difference than i expected. i'm 5'11" and it feels like my feet are barely flat on the ground.

i can't wait to get it out and see how she handles the turns now. =) =) =)

patrick, how much do you guys charge for doing a basic suspension setup for a particular rider's weight - sag, preload, etc. ?

thanks guys!!!
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Glad you got her worked out.
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Glad you got her worked out.
We charge $25.00 for a suspension set up.
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Take it to patrick, after they set up my suspension the difference was like night/day
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like Patrick said, make sure you raise the front too.
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Yeah, the front appears to be stock height. The fork tubes just barely meet the top of the triple tree. I'm about to take it to Patrick for some suspension tuning.
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