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Old 12-04-2008, 10:55 AM   #1
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Lowering a bike.....

What is the best way to lower a bike? Lowering links in the back and what about the front? I lowered the front of one with straps one time and it sucked. Not sure if I'm gonna lower my bike or not just wondering what everyones thoughts were about doing it.
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unless you're a drag racer or a midget, lowering a bike is gay. However....if you must....jsut drop the forks through the triples. Straps are only for temporary lowering, like for a night at the drag strip.
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jsut drop the forks through the triples. Straps are only for temporary lowering, like for a night at the drag strip.
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If you have a front stand and some calipers it isn't hard and doesn't take very long. Just make sure that you lower each fork the same distance. In addition, the distance that you lower the front depends on how much the rear was lowered and what type of handling you want. Hope this helped.
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unless you're a drag racer or a midget, lowering a bike is gay. However....if you must....jsut drop the forks through the triples. Straps are only for temporary lowering, like for a night at the drag strip.
Yup straps are only for the track. They take out all of your suspension up front. Cheap and easy way is to bring forks up through tripples. More expensive, but better way is to have the forks lowered internally.
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Correct! I'm a drag racing midget! Not sure why I feel like lowering it. I guess just to change the look of it. I don't want to slam it.
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Correct! I'm a drag racing midget! Not sure why I feel like lowering it. I guess just to change the look of it. I don't want to slam it.
Well, now you know how
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Yup straps are only for the track. They take out all of your suspension up front. Cheap and easy way is to bring forks up through tripples. More expensive, but better way is to have the forks lowered internally.
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heat up the springs!!!!!

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push the bike over in the grass and put lowering links on.............
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i was.....and if you get links for the back get the actual dog bones with the different holes. It is still adjustable you just gotta move from hole to hole. Stay away from the fully adjustable ones that you can screw up and down. They are eiser to adjust because all you do is turn them but if you ride hard they have been known to snap
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Dont forget to reaim your headlight if lowering just the front.

If you lower the back, readjust your chain, it will get tighter as you sag the body.

Do not lower more then an inch on most bikes in front by sliding forks in the triples; structure is lost. Springs inside the forks can be replaced to keep proper fork securing but provide lower stance.

Consider readjusting suspension so in the case of a hard wheelie etc the wheel/fender doesn't contact the upper fairing stay.
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lower seat... Pam is in the 5's on a stock height SV650...

options:

1) shave the seat or buy a corbin. Lowers the seat height to the ground.

or

2) lower the bike.



Lowering a bike:

What it does: plants the bike... The bike is no longer 'top heavy' as before. The front forks are slid through the triple no more then an inch for safety. Rear dogbone replaced to lower the rear(fork spring replacement in the front is an option too.) Now, the suspension height stays the same, but the frame/body drops... like a loosened hammock.

Can it be compensated for when riding? Absolutely....

What will be effected? Ground clearance, turn in, wheelie prevention... Dangers include coming down hard on wheelies or riding 2 up w a heavier passenger. Peg height will be lower, on harder corners there is a potential for the pegs to hit earlier along w the plastics as well.

Lowering just the front: puts more weight on the hands and can cause an uncomfortable ride. On a heavier bike could allow more control when cornering w the legs.

Considerations:

dont strap the front... that is for drag strips only... doesn't allow rebound in the system and prevents rack movement for steering.

Get the highest grade aluminium dogbones for the rear as possible.
dont lower the front by sliding the forks over 1"

Get the suspension set up afterwards; sometimes needs to be tightened to prevent bottoming out; depends on rider weight/riding aggression. Lighter riders will have to settle or replace rear springs due to higher spring rates.

When lowering, do not forget to adjust the chain, headlight aim etc. most rear dogbones will have stock and 2".... that means the front will be up higher... you will blind peeps w your headlights. Make sure the clutch cables, brake lines etc are not binding.

Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited does amazing work and can offer additional information and prices for work performed
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lower using a triangle or dog bone. it does give a more aggressive stance. here is a lowered zx10


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it does give a more aggressive stance.
Thats opinion.
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