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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! cheers
 

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lowering links

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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Lower

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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lower

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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wrench

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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I would pitch the anti-rub shield and pull the wiring harness over and tie wrap it to the frame rail.
Is the belt rubbing the guard, or the inside of your gear cover? The rub issue has to do with what year your bike is. The gear cover is different on an '09 and doesn't require any grinding on the inside. Earlier years will run into an issue with the belt rubbing on the inside of the cover, but can be filed down to fix.
 

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Air ride. :pcheers
I was able to adjust my shock with some vice grips on my last bike. If your looking for the correct wrench it's called a spanner wrench. Can probably get one at any bike dealer.
 

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I bought 1" lowering links over a year ago and never installed them because sometimes I scrape my swept pipes on hard right turns.
If I lowered it, they'd scrape every time.
I weigh 185.
 

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Go speed racer, go!!!!! I'm same weight and have 1.5 inch lowering links and have never come close to rubbing!!!!!


I bought 1" lowering links over a year ago and never installed them because sometimes I scrape my swept pipes on hard right turns.
If I lowered it, they'd scrape every time.
I weigh 185.
 

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Thanks for the pic. It looks good.

I said before that I have 1" links and haven't put them on. After looking at your picture, I measured the distance from my rim to the fender over the axle. It measures 1 1/4" and that's stock.

I think some of the older bikes were higher. Then Vic came out with the Low and now the Low is standard.
 

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lower

i just lowered mine this weekend.
couldn't be happier.
 

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Wow! That's right down to the rim.
Did you pull the wire harness out of the way?
 

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I was going to wait till my forks got lowered this week to post a picture but.. This is 1.5 links and a LOW shock for a total of 2.5. It sits like nyram's without my neighbor sitting on it.
 
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