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04-22-2013 08:52 PM
geolemon
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Originally Posted by Tom Schmitz View Post
geolemon -

The lowering links change the geometry of the rear suspension, effectively making it softer as they do the lowering.
I can agree with that.
I initially put the lowering links on in their 2" setting (and lowered the front forks 1" in the tree), and it feels real soft. I'm flat-footed on the ground.

Even with the shock tightened back up to the stiffest preload, it feels soft.
I will leave it here for now, but am planning to raise it back up to the 1" setting at least once I'm used to riding.
04-15-2013 08:14 PM
Spec
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Originally Posted by geolemon View Post
That sounds like I'd have to take the front wheel off... hopefully I can avoid that, I'm picturing its nicely aligned right now, the two tubes, relative to each other... but we'll see.

You'll want to take the front wheel off. It will be much easier to move the forks up one at a time than trying to work them back and forth.
04-15-2013 08:08 PM
650Stew
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Originally Posted by geolemon View Post
That sounds like I'd have to take the front wheel off... hopefully I can avoid that, I'm picturing its nicely aligned right now, the two tubes, relative to each other... but we'll see.
Nope, you don't have to take the wheel off, you can twist the tubes once the 8 bolts are loosened off. Just had to give them a little to get them going. Your's might slide better than mine as the previous owner of my bike torqued everything with a snipe I think . The really scary part is that his wife worked at a Kawi dealership and he helped assemble his own bike from the crate... Yikes!
04-15-2013 07:57 PM
geolemon
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Originally Posted by 650Stew View Post
I meant to make sure it's not wobbly cause they like to fall over .
I actually had to lower my bike on the jack and twist the fork tubes a bit to get them to slide up... Then did lots of measuring to make sure I got them both the same. Then 2 weeks later, raised it back up to stock. Lol!
That sounds like I'd have to take the front wheel off... hopefully I can avoid that, I'm picturing its nicely aligned right now, the two tubes, relative to each other... but we'll see.
04-15-2013 07:48 PM
650Stew I meant to make sure it's not wobbly cause they like to fall over .
I actually had to lower my bike on the jack and twist the fork tubes a bit to get them to slide up... Then did lots of measuring to make sure I got them both the same. Then 2 weeks later, raised it back up to stock. Lol!
04-15-2013 07:38 PM
justjeff
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Originally Posted by geolemon View Post
Yeah, exactly, that's why I was wondering if I needed anything more significant than the car jack. I think that with some ratcheting tie-downs to the rafters like I have now will be stable enough.
I was picturing loosening those fork bolts = instant lowrider bike.
Someone's done it, I'd almost guarantee it...
Should just stop when they hit the bars!
Justjeff
04-15-2013 03:58 PM
geolemon
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Originally Posted by 650Stew View Post
One more thing you have to do to slide the fork tubes up is to loosen the top clamps that hold the fork tube protectors on... Philips head I believe. To get to the screws on mine I had to pull the 4 bolts out of the fender and drop it down out of the way as well. Make sure it's securely supported before lowering it, they're top heavy beasts to start with...
Yeah, exactly, that's why I was wondering if I needed anything more significant than the car jack. I think that with some ratcheting tie-downs to the rafters like I have now will be stable enough.
I was picturing loosening those fork bolts = instant lowrider bike.
Someone's done it, I'd almost guarantee it...
04-14-2013 11:14 PM
geolemon Thanks, I appreciate it. It's interesting they are different.
I probably won't get to do this until later this week at any rate, but hoping to do it this week so I can ride this weekend...

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04-14-2013 09:28 PM
justjeff Hi Geolemon!
I just realized there is an additional torque spec you need. The one I gave you previously was for the upper triple clamp hex bolts. The spec for the allen bolts on the lower triple clamp is 22ft/lbs. I thought they were the same, upper and lower, but they are not. Sorry, my bad!
Regards....justjeff
04-14-2013 08:43 PM
650Stew One more thing you have to do to slide the fork tubes up is to loosen the top clamps that hold the fork tube protectors on... Philips head I believe. To get to the screws on mine I had to pull the 4 bolts out of the fender and drop it down out of the way as well. Make sure it's securely supported before lowering it, they're top heavy beasts to start with...
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