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March 31st, 2015, 02:55 AM   #1
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lowering the front

i think i need to lowerer a little as i adjusted sag and back end looks to low compared to front, i've never done this, i take it i lower the forks somehow?
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You can loosen the triple clamps that hold the forks in place and raise them a little, just be careful not to over tighten them as it can cause them to bind.
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You can lower, but don't do it based on looks but rather on how the bike feels.

Lower rear or higher front = slower steering (to the point of not wanting to turn)

Higher rear or lower front = quicker steering (to the point of flopping over)

Has to do with rake and trail, i.e. front fork angle

(and there are further subtle differences )
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my bike has a much lower rear and front sits too high can tell just by looking at it, i did find it hard to steer aswell, will see what works best, thanks
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Don't lower the fork to much front tire might hit the fender when bottomed. Making you crash. check wheel travel from tire to frender.
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Originally Posted by Rainerio View Post
Don't lower the fork to much front tire might hit the fender when bottomed. Making you crash. check wheel travel from tire to frender.
good point - I'd advise looking up the spec for the front fork travel to have something concrete and easily measured


I really don't hope I don't come across as meddlesome!, but I'd advise checking if your sag is really right? iow it really sounds like there's a glitch somewhere ...

maybe it's in the rear, or maybe the forks are binding or something? and sit too high? I doubt that though, hmm


correctly set sag shouldn't really have that effect of making steering super sluggish or cause want for moving the forks much ... correct sag should make for close to just-right handling at the default position of the forks, which is with the yoke pretty high on the forks


truly, My apologies if I come across as an ass here!!
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Great use of the word "meddlesome" Kris .........i'm gonna meddle a bit now. Check your forks aren't pumped up with air, open the little screws on top of each leg and you should hear the air hiss out.
Also after you get off of the bike does the rear end come up to the static sag level straight away?......could be tight/dry shock/swing arm bushes or even really slow rebound.

Good luck,

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first of all, it took 20 posts for you to say what you ride - I know - I just checked.

so now we know that it is a FE450! but we don't know your sags. we don't know your weight. we don't know your springs. we don't know the preload, we don't know the clickers, we don't know which way round or indeed what TCs you have fitted, we don't know how much the fork legs poke out the top?

we don't know what kind of rding you do, or what skill level you have, we don't know the symptoms, we don't know where and how its going wrong?

what we do know is that aesthetically you don't like the way it sits.

if it helps, my 570 sits low at the back and handles beautifully. the reason is because it has 22mm offset TCs in it. and I have an anti-squat eccentric bush fitted in the eye of the swing-arm for the rear shock.

so without the correct information we can hardly be asked for concise feedback?

let's start with the most important things first: does it handle differently on a Saturday to a Sunday? and does it get moody once a month!
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Originally Posted by keyowne View Post
i think i need to lowerer a little as i adjusted sag and back end looks to low compared to front, i've never done this, i take it i lower the forks somehow?
thaks
also consider that it is possible to alter the preload on the fork springs, 07 and 08 have external adjusters, the rest need to be opened and have some spacers added or removed.

its not difficult and if it is something you'd like to try I can point you to some pictures of what to do.
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