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Old 03-11-2005, 10:12 PM   #1
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Lowering Your Bike

well i have an idea on how i want my bike to look. i want to get there the quickest and least expensive way.. i want it be dropped as far as it can get in the back with a mortons 7*rake kit.. i cant get it all at once so i was thinking droppin it this summer but i dont know what to do with the front since the back would be lowered and the front wouldnt.. would i want to lower the front until i got the rake kit?? how low can i "safely" go with struts? basically.. what should i get and what order should i get it in... thanx a lot
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:40 PM   #2
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To lower the front

Jack the bike to take the weight off of the front suspension.
Remove the fork caps on the triple tree. (Careful there's a BIG spring in there)
Pull out the metal spacer in the fork.
Get yourself some 1" PVC pipe and cut it 1 1/2" shorter than the metal spacers.
Clean off all the shavings.
Insert the PVC in place of the metal spacers.
Reinstall the fork caps (Carefull it's easy to cross thread them)
That's it. You're done with the front.

If you want lower cut the PVC shorter, higher remove less than the 1 1/2"
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:43 PM   #3
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I am not an expert, but I know a little about struts.
I would recommend that you dont go lower than 9.5" however there are folks here that have gone with 9" and one crazy copper who is running 9" struts WITH a lowering kit.
They have had good luck with it, but others havent been so lucky. The 9" struts are very low, to the point where if youre not thinkiing about it, and take a turn to fast, you'll scrape frame and dump the bike (just ask Fegs).
I am running 10" struts on mine. I went with that size because of the billski taillight mod. Any lower and it wouldnt fit under the fender. I have about .25" clearance. I also didnt lower the front end at all, and it looks good and level to me.

As far as the raked trees go, I looked at them, but I dont think I am gonna do it. Ive read some stuff that shows how it can effect the trailing, and the dangers of the trailing being incorrect.

Hope this helps,....just my .02
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:03 PM   #4
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if i get 9.5 will i need my forks lower?? or will it look dumb if i dont?
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Dumb is in the eyes of the beholder. My personal preference is to lower it evenly. But other people prefer having the front a little higher. It's your call
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:32 PM   #6
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http://photobucket.com/albums/v148/H...ikeOnGrass.jpg

that is how i want my bike to sit:) any thoughts on how he did it?
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:38 PM   #7
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Hard to tell other than the struts. I think I've seen that on the spirit world in someones sigpic.
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Old 03-12-2005, 12:02 AM   #8
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hmm... well lets see.. if i go with 9.5 struts.. how low should i drop the forks to make it even??
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just a guess here,....
mines pretty level with 10" struts so I think 1/2" lower in the front should work.

when I say its level, Im judging that by the bottom of the frame.
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oh yeah, thats Buck's bike from TSW. I am pretty sure he does have the raked trees.
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