Lowering can be required for a number of reasons. Touching the ground and geometry changes are the two main ones. In some cases, it is as simple as the addition of special spacers in both the forks and shock. In other cases, it is quite involved including changing or modifying springs and custom machining. We can lower your suspension whether it's off road or road.
Here is some key point to consider when lowering your motorcycle
- Suspension Lowering is available for rebuildable suspension. Note: some models are not rebuildable. This is more of a problem on the rear.
- We normally recommend lowering a motorcycle 25mm. You will be surprised how much of a difference this amount makes. The reason only 25mm is recommended is the loss of ground clearance and travel becomes more of a problem the further you go. However, we can lower the motorcycle up to 90mm on off road motorcycles. Keep in mind that the more a motorcycle is lowered the more likely it will be that new springs are required.
- Some street models are already lowered. On these models further lowering should be confined to show applications as ground clearance and therefore cornering clearance might be a problem.
- WE DO NOT RECOMMEND LOWERING LINKS! They do nothing to decrease the travel. This means the tyre can bottom out through the fender! This has the likely potential to stop the rear wheel from turning and if this happens, it is our belief, can cause a crash.
- Lowering the suspension is done internally using spacers. In other words, we are making the shock and forks shorter. Lowering is reversible so you can return the suspension to stock height if you desire.
In general, when lowering a motorcycle, both the front and rear end should be lowered the same amount.
- Shorter springs may be required for the reduced length of the forks and shock. This may be accomplished by modifying the stock springs or by replacement with shorter one or even modifying the replacement spring. When a spring is shortened it becomes stiffer. When modifying the stock springs this may or may not be beneficial. This will be determined on a specific application basis. We may need to see your shock and forks to find out.
We strongly recommend suspension be re-valved for reduced travel during this process. This will set the valving properly for the decreased travel, for your riding weight, ability, and type of riding. When the rear end is lowered the travel starts deeper into the leverage ratio curve and this affects setup.