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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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I purchased the 1.25" lowering links from witchdoctors.
After installing them on the bike the rear fender is just below the top of the rim. Bike looks awesome and feels great but i have some concerns. For now i put back the stock links until i figure all this out.
With the bike lowered i can hear the rear tire rub the rear fender when riding. it is rubbing on the wire harness protector i installed. How much should/can i tighten up the rear spring to correct this issue. The rear spring is almost all the way at the soft setting now from the factory. Can i go half way with it. I am 240lbs. i just don't want to make it so stiff that when hitting a bump in the road the rear end kicks up and out. I am not even considering just leaving it at the stock height as to not cause any issues. i also noticed that when it is lowered the belt sometimes rubs the belt guard that runs the length of the bike.
anyone have any suggestions.
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Adjusting the spring preload won't make the bike ride stiffer or softer... you're simply adjusting where the shaft is in the bore at static ride height. That being said, and you being a good-sized guy (i'm only 20# lighter), having the spring in the "soft" position is probably lower than it should be for shock functionality, regardless of having lowering links or not. Adjust the spring preload up 1 turn at a time until you are happy with the ride height.

If the bike does seem to start riding rougher after adjusting preload, it is most likely from adjusting the spring too far "up", which limits the shock's range from static to full droop. Hope that helps!

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so basically put the lowering links back in and then adjust the ride height until i can ride the bike normally without it bottoming out??

will this also help with the belt issue rubbing the guard??
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so basically put the lowering links back in and then adjust the ride height until i can ride the bike normally without it bottoming out??

will this also help with the belt issue rubbing the guard??
Yep and yep... within reason, of course.

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what is the default or factory setting for the spring. Like i said mine was almost all the way turned out. maybe 4 or 5 threads left on the top. how far can you go down with it generally before you start running into other issues.
so i guess my bike sat a little lower to begin with and after putting the other links in that is why the top of the wheel disappeared into the fender and caused me all of those issues.
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I'll have to look at my bike, but i'm guessing the combination of the spring turned down and your size had you were sitting lower than most with stock links. The main thing is to sit on your bike and have the shock in the middle of its travel at static... that will allow you to you the full range of your suspension as it was designed.

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I'm glad I opened this. I'm getting ready to purchase some links and was looking at 1.5". It sounds like those would be too low.
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i am going to mess with it this weekend. I will put the lower ones back in and then adjust the spring. when i did it i did not have the wrench to adjust it so that was part of the issue too.
where do most of you guys have the spring adjusted to that have the lowered links installed?? going one turn at a time seems like it will take forever to figure out where it needs to be.
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i am going to mess with it this weekend. I will put the lower ones back in and then adjust the spring. when i did it i did not have the wrench to adjust it so that was part of the issue too.
where do most of you guys have the spring adjusted to that have the lowered links installed?? going one turn at a time seems like it will take forever to figure out where it needs to be.
And what type and where do I get the wrench??? I had one a few years back for a sport bike but it's long gone...
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not sure. my buddy has a few different wrenches so hopefully one will work, if not i will go and buy one.
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