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Offline Angus

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Lowered Connie
« on: November 08, 2019, 08:36:27 pm »
I bought a set of lowering links from soupys they are adjustable. What they didn't tell me was you have to remove center stand. I also bought there adjustable side stand .I lowered the rear 1.5 inches which made a big difference Im scheduled for surgery next week so I will wait to lower the front and install side stand.When I feel better.
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 10:25:38 pm »
Waiting for Connie Rider to chime in here but there has to be a way to shim the Soupys links out to clear the shock which is the reason for the CS removal. I have the Soupys links on my FJR and still have the CS. The C-10 folks have the same issue when they install a ZZR1200 or C-14 shock. The links rub the spring. Like I said should be a way to remedy that.
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 11:36:41 pm »
The centre stand is useless when you lower it anyway unless you put the bike on blocks to raise it up when putting down the stand. I carry some small blocks with me when traveling in case I have to use it. I didn't have to remove it with the Muzzys links.

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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2019, 02:23:06 am »
Just saw this.
From Angus post, it seems that the C-14 Soupy's do clear the spring.
   Without having a set of Soupy's to try, I assume they are hitting the inside of the Center-stand and can't be spaced out?
    NOTE: On the C-10; spacer's were added to allow the Soupy's to clear the springs on the non standard shocks.
                                  this was possible because there was adequate clearance inside of the center-stand.
              Maybe after Angus is recovered from his surgery, he can look and tell us the possibilities.
               {NOTE: Angus, 1 1/2" is a lot of lowering. Mine is currently lowered only 3/4". To do this I built my own Lowering Links}.

Gsun/Angus; I removed 1" from my center-stand. Works great!
                     PM me if anyone wants shortening instructions, and I can send photo's.

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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 06:36:56 pm »
I talked to Soupy's they told my sorry there adjustable links will not work without removing the CS how much should I slide the fork tubes up to lower the front i'm thinking about half a inch what say you all.
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 08:03:07 pm »
I talked to Soupy's they told my sorry there adjustable links will not work without removing the CS how much should I slide the fork tubes up to lower the front i'm thinking about half a inch what say you all.

keep in mind, if you intend to slide the fork tubes upwards, there is little room to do this unless you have already installed bar riser blocks. A note of caution if you don't have riser blocks is make sure the tubes do not contact the actual bar castings, or rest against them, make sure there is clearance. We have seen people force the tubes upwards, and when they are in contact with the bar casting, it will eventually cause a breakage/fracture at the point of contact.

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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 08:36:42 pm »
I have bar spacer blocks there is room for 1.5 I only want to go half a inch.
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 08:42:40 pm »
 :great: :great:

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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 09:22:30 pm »
I went 7/8" and it seems to work fine. Was aiming for an inch, but....
I think half inch is not enough.

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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 10:11:51 pm »
This is the reply Hi Harold,

Yes with that model they do not work with the center stand.
from soupys
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2019, 10:31:45 pm »
how much should I slide the fork tubes up to lower the front i'm thinking about half a inch what say you all.

I have 2 inch risers.  I moved fork tubes up 0.6 inch and loved the change in handling (rear remained stock).  Totally no issue with side stand or bottoming out.  If I had it to do over again I go as high as I could have, based on what others had done without problems.  So I'd have done 0.8 or 0.9 inches from info in this thread.

My bolts holding the tubes were super tight from factory, so recommend 6 point socket rather than 12 point so less chance of rounding the head.
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2019, 10:58:41 pm »
 >:( >:( >:( >:( :)) :)) :)) >:D >:D >:D

nobody should own 12 point sockets... it should be a crime.

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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2019, 05:56:53 pm »
what is involved in getting to the bottom bolts on the triple tree.
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2019, 06:09:42 pm »
Short answer; Backstrain and a 12mm wrench.

ie; Place bike on Center stand, secure CC so it can't accidentally collapse, jack up front of bike, reach up from below the fairing, loosen 4 bolts.

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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2019, 10:02:59 pm »
I dont have a center stand.But thanks anyway what I wanted to know if I needed to remove anything to get to lower tree bolts.
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Re: Lowered Connie
« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 01:41:11 am »
The only thing I removed was the plastic plate below the lights.
Without a center stand will be more difficult as the forks are partially compressed.
For more room, try to find a way to take the load off the front.

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