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Old 07-12-2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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1. Is there any harm in adding lowering links?
2. Would this change my handling?
3. Is this an easy do it yourself mod?
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i am not sure if it is possible to lower a 650 ninja.
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i am not sure if it is possible to lower a 650 ninja.
let the air out of the tires...
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Well that would be a quick fix
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The 650 doesn't use rear suspension links. The shock is length determines the height only.
I'm not aware of a safe / prudent manner to lower the 650R currently.

As far as other bikes go, be careful how much you lower them:
In the front, the forks on many models neck down from 50mm to 48 mm. If you lower them more than 1/2" or so, your clip ons will no longer have much to tighten down around.

On the rear, many bike can have their shock reservoir hit by the top of the swingarm at full compression, like hitting a bump. and can damage or destroy the housing, releasing shock oil all over the rear tire.
Not a good thing.

I don't care that the link manufacturers say; "can be lowered 3"" the truth is they have a disclaimer that it's for "show use only"

IMO, most bikes should not be lowered more than an 1" in the rear in order to avoid any potential problems.

My 2 cents, YMMV
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The 650 doesn't use rear suspension links. The shock is length determines the height only.
I'm not aware of a safe / prudent manner to lower the 650R currently.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawas...QQcmdZViewItem


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oldman650r has a lowering link on the back and the forktubes lowered in the front rides pretty good for a dropped bike
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1. Is there any harm in adding lowering links?
2. Would this change my handling?
3. Is this an easy do it yourself mod?

1.no
2.yes, drastically
3.if you have stands and floor jack


dont do it!
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check ebay there is a link that moves the shock up and with that it lowers the bike 1 3/4 inch in the back
when you do this it changes everthing about the bike and you will have to drop the front
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Remember... license/tail section clearance, brake line clearance and choke routing in the front, chain adjustment and headlight aim.


Some of us go up and down alot(i do in the rear of bike) between cornering(up) and ankle problems/drag racing(rear 2" down.)
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oldman650r has a lowering link on the back and the forktubes lowered in the front rides pretty good for a dropped bike


Thanks for the links, I wasn't familiar with them.
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one thing to keep in mind the bike rides very stiff with the link when the shock is moved up
i would save the $$$$ and buy the shock from shop650.com
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Isn't that link just relocating the mount for the shock?
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Forgot; readjust the suspension when lowering...
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Thanks for the opinion guys. I think I will just keep the bike the way it is and not lower anything. I'd rather be safe than broke and sorry.
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You could change out front springs and do the lowering link mentioned above for the 650 and be safe... its a matter of preference and what you plan on doing with it.

The Katana sits an inch off the ground why? The people that ride it are vertically challenged and cornering low is not a consideration right now.
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