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Offline StillKickin

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Lowering the C14?
« on: June 09, 2018, 11:25:12 am »
I just bought an 08 C14 and with my short legs, it's gotta come down a couple inches.  I'm not sure where to find/buy lowering links, any recommendations?  Old posts mention that Muzzy links might be best,but I'll be darned if I can discover where those are available?  A company T-Rex manufacturing, is out of stock and I haven't found another source.  Suggestions?
I will lower the seat in addition, but still need the links.  TIA,  Bill  (StillKickin!)

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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2018, 11:42:28 am »
I used these, I think they wee a 3/4" drop. Threaded links are available that allow for a fully adjustable setting, but you lose the centerstand.

http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=85

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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2018, 11:50:12 am »
Thanks for the info.  I'd like to save the center stand if possible, don't know if I can have both?  Again, I've heard that using Muzzy links might accomplish that, but don't know where to come by Muzzy.  I'll save the link you sent, Thanks again!

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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2018, 12:31:52 pm »
I'll assume your lowering the front to match the rear?
If not, the geometry will not be the same...

Some mfg's sell Links that allow different amounts of lowering. (have multiple holes)
Not sure how well they work, never liked the design. But can be found on Ebay/other.

I have the Muzzy's and {as I recall} they dropped the bike 1 1/2".
Work with the center stand.
   (NOTE: Muzzy is no longer in business).
I also have a lowered seat.

The T-Rex seems to be the best current design.
   Works with the center stand.
          One was installed by another member recently and he reported a 1 1/4" drop.

Another option is to buy ZX-14 stock Links.
     Their longer than your stockers, available on Ebay, inexpensive, and will lower the bike about 2 1/2".
          I think 2 1/2" is too much as I have clearance problems with a 1 1/2" drop....

NOTE: The only way to accurately measure the drop; is measure from frame to axle before and after the install {with the bike on the center stand}.
          Many try to measure the drop; with bike off of center stand, frame to ground.
           This is not accurate as the springs sag differently.
           Because of the different spring sag, the bike will set lower than the measured drop.

Another note: After you get it lowered you will need to change the stands to match.

Ride safe, Ted

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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2018, 05:09:30 pm »
Thanks for the info.  If Muzzy is out of business, no wonder I can't find them....  Guess I'll go with another brand.  I doubt I'll go more than 1 1/2" drop with the links.  If I can save the use of the center stand, I want to.
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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2018, 05:18:51 pm »
I modified my Center stand to work with the lowered bike.
Takes a little planning, but doable.
Not sure where you'll find a link that only lowers it 1/2".

Ride safe, Ted

Update; Did a little research; I typed "Kawasaki Concours 14 lowering Link" into Ebay and found several.

This one is supposed to give you options from 0" - 4" drop.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/06-18-Kawasaki-0-4-ZG1400-Concours-14-Adjustable-Lowering-Links-Kit/321929708245?fits=Make%3AKawasaki%7CModel%3AConcours+14&hash=item4af48182d5:g:hMwAAOSwviBZyf1z
They also sell adjustable side stands..

Not sure how knowledgeable you are about lowering links?
  The longer the Link {or the greater the distance between holes},,, the lower the bike sets.
           So, to get 1" drop you might use the 1st hole {farthest from the end}.
           Unfortunately, this Link only has 3 holes, so I don't know if 1" is an option?
    You will have to note them and ask..
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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2018, 05:36:06 pm »
I have the Projectd, dropped about 1 inch. You will have trouble with the kickstand after. There are adjustable ones available or the original can be modified. The bike is much safer to ride now. I live in the city and all the stop and go just to get to the highway was hard for me. Sometimes no matter my best plan, the bike leans the opposite way.

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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2018, 05:45:17 pm »
I put a set of Soupys on my C10
Cant speak to the C14 but website does say you lose the C stand but you have stock to -4" adjustability
http://soupysperformance.com/kawasaki/concours-1400/concours-1400-kickstand-side-lowering-links-combo-kit.html
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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2018, 07:45:13 pm »
Call TRex, online said out of stock. I called and they had them available.
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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2018, 10:51:35 pm »
"Now",, why didn't I think about that??   :-[

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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2018, 10:59:14 pm »
Black Path also makes an adjustable link for the C-14. Check their website to see if theirs keeps the C stand. I have the Soupys links on my FJR  and I love them. Here is the ebay link for the BP links.
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F332594106733

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Re: Lowering the C14?
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2018, 12:05:19 am »
Any Link that is straight and has spacer's at the bottom will not work.

You made me think, so I just looked more closely at the various stands that have been mentioned.

The lower portion of the lowering Link's must be narrow where they attach to the rocker.
ie; See stock links;
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Concours-14-ZG1400-2012-Rear-Suspension-Link-Arms-Knuckle-Tie-Rods/122956653177?epid=6014519307&hash=item1ca0c9a279:g:69gAAOSwU91ae7Uo

The only Links I see that work with the center Stand are the Project D and the T-Rex.
Both have a bent appearance.. This bend at the bottom is what gives clearance for the center Stand.
I'm pretty certain that these links give a 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" drop.

I think a Lust, and Pingle Link may also work, but the Pingle says that it fits ZX-14, and is a 3" drop, which is too much drop.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Concours-14-ZG-1400-Lowering-Kit-2007-2018-Links-Lust-Racing-Linkage/332632734982?epid=8018589066&hash=item4d7274bd06:g:qVQAAOSwJjZa4cj1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pingel-Lowering-Link-3-quot-62028-Kawasaki-Ninja-ZX-14/231773498100?fits=Make%3AKawasaki%7CModel%3AConcours+14&epid=171235289&hash=item35f6c6eaf4:g:ncIAAOSwkh9aYSmB

There is a chance the Black Path Link's that I posted earlier will work, but looks doubtful because of the design.
"If" it will clear the center stand, it supposedly offers a 0" to 4" drop {???}

Ride safe, Ted
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