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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-05-2014, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Default 2" lowering kit, CCT.. be forewarned

Well, 14,000 miles has proven that you SHOULD NOT lower your CCT 2" if:

1) you don't want to over inflate your shock (too stiff)
2) It will affect cornering, even on flats, more on hills
3) You will scrape the cones on your pipes on some dips (such as gutters)
4) You will scrape the frame on road dips if shock set too light
5) And.... lastly... you will prematurely wear out your $585 Shock!

Slowly I've had to add more air to my shock, starting when new 15 lbs., now this week road about 500 miles and had to set it on 40 lbs.

Yep, 1.5" ordered and NOT from the vendor who swore I'd have no issues with 2 or even 3 inches. New shock on the way too.

So, looks like a new link, and possibly new shock for me. Turns out even Coastal Vic (HotVic) won't install 2" lower anymore.

Anyone want to buy a 2-3" used HMD lowering link? As far as I am now concerned, great for around town only, and shows.

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Sorry about your issues, but you should have been aware that most of that, besides the shock issue, would be trouble. try going from a 10' long 4" ground clearance chopper to an xc, you feel like your floating in the clouds.

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Yup. Practically no mod comes without a tradeoff and modifying frame geometry always does. Some riders can put up with the tradeoffs. Pop can't anymore. I have enough leg to reach all the way to the ground so I can opt out of lowering.
A lowering link can end up a multithousand dollar mod (after all the additional odds and ends get done to offset it) and the result is not as good a ride as factory which often is the single thing that sells the bike to begin with.
I like to wear out as much of my tires, sidewalls inclusive, as the laws of physics allow. Lowering links force me to ride within the confines of motor vehicle laws, at least in the twisties. Hell, at the speed I'm carving on a hawg, I could just as well be piloting the family truckster.
I don't like the profile of the Cross bikes stock as much as I like the lowered ones. Too high visually. Fortunately, the visuals mean nothing to the operator, only the passersby. Passersby who didn't pay for it. I did.
Not that many will heed your wisdom from experience but they would do well to since this list of miseries ain't a newly reported result of lowering, Vics or otherwise. You know that crate where you throw stuff that was on your bike and you took it off for whatever reason thinking that you or somebody might use it again. Those crates often have lowering links, struts, and short shocks down in the bottom.
After peeps restore the original suspensions it's not unusual to have a Doh!, what was I thinking moment. Nobody uses them again, and nobody gives them to people they like.
But hey. Some folks go years replacing floorboards and tips, scraping bag rails and bars, rewelding cracked exhaust pipes, pogoing on kickstands, highsiding, leaving mama home, trying various aftermarket shocks, many which find a home in the crate, and so it goes. These are the guys who swear lowering is the best thing they did to their bikes.
I tell my daughter to stay away from those guys and date somebody more stable, like maybe a holocaust denier or Nigerian internet loan specialist or an insurance actuary.

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Default must have been high, to go so low...

i agree the xc sits high and would love to lower it... but learned my lesson from bastardizing my roadglide and it basically took the joy out of riding for me. roll in the new bike and im feeling the urge, but posts like this remind me why its not a good idea. we are basically junkies that left to our own devices cant leave well enough alone. "lord please protect me from what i want!"
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Well i have mine lowered 1 1/2" and like it. In part due to the avon tire that raised it 1/2" over the undersized stock bumflop.

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got pics? im weak...
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Not right now no, pics are on my phone, and the app isnt working right so i cannot post or see most pics.

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what type of lowering kiis it? is it both front and rear? who sells them is it a victory part. my glide was 2" low and was a prob, 1" is a waste , 1-1/2" is right as long as its not a ride losing , bump rattleing,setup...
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Which Avon you running DT?

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My lowering link is the adjustable, and i am running avon cobras.

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