When I had my VTX I lowered it an inch and put on a 6* rake as well. Really improved the looks. I'm not short ( 6'-1" ) but I really like the lowered ( to a point ) look. Anyway I have found the lowering rods in different lengths as well as adjustable. First I wanted to see how these bikes looked after being lowered. So if you have done this can you please post a side pic and let me know how much you dropped it? Also if you had any regrets whether they be you should have went lower or that it didn't make that big of a difference.