I would pay extreme attention to riding off road loaded with lowering links, the suspension is already soft, lowering links makes it really soft especially loaded down for an extended trip loaded up. If you don't plan on riding aggressively you should be fine, just be aware you will bottom the rear shock a lot more than with stock links. I would advise relocating the plate, you just might end up leaving it in colorado if you ride off road there.
That being said ... I've ridden cross country on my '02 a couple times now, other than what's been mentioned I would recommend a good seat like the corbin, if you got the dished saddle, you could ditch the lowering links all together. I've put several 900+ miles days on mine and no complaints from the back side. A good seat makes a world of difference.
you may want to consider a more road oriented tire. Both the Kenda 761 and the pirelli scorpian st are good choice, they do decently well off road if you air them down around 15psi and they handle extremely well on pavement, you can expect about 8k miles from the kenda and 10k+ from the pirellis.
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Last edited by gunny; 04-12-2009 at 03:26 PM.