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Old 02-21-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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does lower links mess with a bikes suspension? I have been looking to buy and some bikes have lowering links. I would obviously take them off however would having the links on there before affect the suspension after I took them off? thx
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
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does lower links mess with a bikes suspension? I have been looking to buy and some bikes have lowering links. I would obviously take them off however would having the links on there before affect the suspension after I took them off? thx


What exactly are you asking?

yes, lowering links will effect the handling of the bike...if that is what you are wondering.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:35 PM   #3
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your looking to buy a bike with lowering links installed? is that what you mean?
If you put a bike with lowering links back to stock riding height by removing the links...the bike should handle as stock. It should not effect the ride just because lowering links where installed at one time.

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Old 02-21-2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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I was confused at first as well. Just re-read it and you will get it. I was gonna respond but didn't believe I could give a true answer supported with facts. However, I imagine that it makes no difference Bobby. . . .
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Bob,
It changes both the geometry and the swingarm angle / linkage ratio.
I don't recommend them for track use, but for average daily use it's not too big of a deal.
Give me a call Tuesday if you'd like to discuss it further.
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It changes both the geometry and the swingarm angle / linkage ratio.
I don't recommend them for track use, but for average daily use it's not too big of a deal.
Give me a call Tuesday if you'd like to discuss it further.

Hey Patrick, for my edification, when guys / gals install lowering links, do they simply lower the front end by sliding the triple tree down as well or do some folks install shorter fork springs too? Just curious.

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Most just lower the tree, however you need to be careful on a lot of the newer bikes because the forks actually decrease in size from 50mm to 48mm, leaving nothing for the clip ons to actually clamp to.
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I understand the whole rake issue and handling issues.

I guess what I was asking is, "can having lower links cause permanant damage to the suspension?"

Amd should I be worried about suspension issues for bikes that have them and if I remove them could there be damage to rear shock?

Thanks for the responses. Sorry about not articulating the question...
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I guess what I was asking is can having lower links cause permanant damage to the suspension?
It's okay Bobby, I understood your question. I wouldn't think it would, but like said, I can't support it with technical facts. . .
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I guess what I was asking is can having lower links cause permanant damage to the suspension?
That's pretty unlikely. Damage to the forks would typically come about if they were continuously bottoming the front suspension. Given the type of folks that lower their bikes, it's doubtful that would be occurring as the simply won't be riding the bike that hard. Check the forks for any leakage as well down where the lower fork tubes slide into the upper fork tubes. That can be caused by slamming the front end down after a wheelie. It blows the seals out of the forks and they will leak.
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Thanks.

Going to pick up a new bike in the morning...its not lowered but some of the others Ive been looking had been.


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