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February 10th, 2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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Lowering Suspension - Yes/No???

Has any one had the front springs cut down & rear shock lowered????

How much did you lower it . How do you like it . How did it effect the handling


Thinking about lowering my FE450 - Suspension guy can lower it 1-2"
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February 10th, 2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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RE: Lowering Suspension - Yes/No???

I found a deal on a 03 FE400 that had been lowered, I like the low seat but the rest of the ride sucked. It bottomed out on any large hill and my legs were sore after every ride. I am 5'6" and had Dick racing put it back to stock and it rides great now. I would say don't do it.
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February 10th, 2009, 10:56 PM   #3
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RE: Lowering Suspension - Yes/No???

c337b

come on mate, pull your finger out!

you don't leave your name!
your nik is flippin code!
because you don't describe your bike at all in your signature we don't know if it's an FE converted to FS or what?
we don't know where you're from although i can guess....

so all in all you're a non-descript article on my screen, not very good so far is it? hey! or do you think that this is an acceptable way of asking for help?

no please, no thank you for your help in advance?

hasn't tried the search feature?

so come on dude, let's try again hey!

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February 11th, 2009, 07:36 AM   #4
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WOW!!!!

I thought this forum was so you could get help. Not crapped on for asking a question. I have stated my information in other posts. I am a member of many other forums and have never been treated like this. NOT A VERY WARM WELCOME

FYI - C337B = Cessna 337 Skymaster B Model which I own & fly

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February 11th, 2009, 08:20 AM   #5
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Hey frank ! Is there a particular reason you want to lower it ? i wouldnt do it for the sake of just doing it. You'll reduce your ground clearance (a problem for the offroad guys ?!?) for a start and i presume it would reduce your travel.
If its just a handling issue im sure some springs and oil and a proper set up would be just the ticket !

Or are you wanting to reduce it for road riding ? Are you thinking of fitting road tyres and converting it.

For a proper helpful answer maybe a bit of background as to why you want to do this, or what you're trying to get out of it, then we've got something to go off.

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February 11th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #6
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I am 5Ft 8 and am tip toe when sitting on the bike with dirt wheels. I want to get my feet a bit flatter on the ground . We do lots of hard core single track. Its not high speed so I think a little less travel would be OK. If I stop and put my foot down I will end up dumping the bike. I have a DRZ400S and it spends some time on it side.

FYI - I also have a set of sumo wheels for it.

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Frank,

Don't worry about Taffy, it's just part of his charm. He really is a good guy, he's responsible for the Owner's Doc and many other helpful threads on the site.
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ah right ok, well first thing i'd personally do is look at a lowered seat, i think these are available to buy (anyone??)
maybe drop the forks through the yokes a touch ?
can see where your going now so hopefully someone will be along to answer your question soon

and yeh dont mind taffy, he's actually a really nice guy ! vague (sp) questions seem to annoy him the more details the better !!!
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Originally Posted by c337b
I am 5Ft 8 and am tip toe when sitting on the bike with dirt wheels. I want to get my feet a bit flatter on the ground . We do lots of hard core single track. Its not high speed so I think a little less travel would be OK. If I stop and put my foot down I will end up dumping the bike. I have a DRZ400S and it spends some time on it side.
My girlfriend is 5'3", and we lowered her ktm250 for technical (idaho) singletrack. The suspension actually works BETTER than stock because we had someone qualified (trailtricks) do the work and a revalve.

At 5-8, if that's your real height, i probably would stay away from lowering.

many people just remove the seatcover, shave and sculpt the seat foam lower, then re-staple the seat cover.

i'm 6-2, so i have the opposite problem. I put a tall seat on my fe550 so i wouldn't be all folded up.
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an inside leg measurement may help, then if someone has a lowered seat and the same bike, they can tell you their leg measurement. it will give you an idea as to whether the lowered seat would solve your problem, and potentially save you money.someones height can be misleading !
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