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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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OK...so about a month ago I lowered my bike down by 1". This lowering has been very nice and for me makes moving the bike backwards much easier. The only issues I had over the first 3 weeks was scraping the pipes when leaving a parking lot and dropping down...nothing really bad and when I looked at the pipes...very minor scratches. So really no issue...or so I thought.

Last week on a trip to the Tail of the Dragon...traveling down some of the roads I would hit a pothole or a quick drop...the bike bottomed out (no air in the shock)....and IMMEDIATELY I would smell a burnt rubber smell for only a brief moment. At first I thought it was my imagination, but later in the ride I would hit another "BUMP" and again smell this burnt rubber smell...it always happened but ONLY after a big bump.

I think I know what it is...but I have only heard of people having issues with the tire rubbing the fender when their bike was lowered 2 or 3 inches....usually not on a 1" drop.

Anyone else notice this?

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You may not hear about people having problems with a 1" drop because most of them probably keep a little air in the shock. Put 10-15 lbs in the shock and see if that keeps you bike about the height you want and eliminates the rubbing. If that doesn't work play around with the shock pressure until you find a happy place.

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You may not hear about people having problems with a 1" drop because most of them probably keep a little air in the shock. Put 10-15 lbs in the shock and see if that keeps you bike about the height you want and eliminates the rubbing. If that doesn't work play around with the shock pressure until you find a happy place.
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I told you a month ago to put air in your shock when you were bottoming your exhaust.
Now your on a trip with what extra luggage in your saddle bags and no air in your shock.
All your going to do is wear out that $250 dollar tire quicker and maybe just maybe bottom out real good and crash.
You need a good slap a long side the head or you have had to many and should quit riding.

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There is more to this. I had mine lowered 3" for a short time with little to no air,and I never hit the tire on anything. Suspension bottomed out but the tire didn't rub. I think your plastic panel in the fender is popped out of the hole and rubbing or something like that. either that or you are a great big mofo! I'd bend down and look it over, it'll show you what's rubbing and where!

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That big hole in your fender may finally have a purpose. Pull your seat and you should be able to see what your tire is hitting. Look for rubber frag, a shiny spot on any metal it could hit, or a skid mark on anything it could hit.

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You may not hear about people having problems with a 1" drop because most of them probably keep a little air in the shock. Put 10-15 lbs in the shock and see if that keeps you bike about the height you want and eliminates the rubbing. If that doesn't work play around with the shock pressure until you find a happy place.
If you lower it an inch and then run 10-15 psi, you'll be back to about OEM.

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