Lowering links

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Lowering links

Post by clutchspring » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:13 pm

Hi, I have recently purchased a 2019 v Strom 1000 which came fitted with lust racing lowering links and I'd like to know if the front forks need to be lowered slightly to keep the handling / geometry the same !.

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Re: Lowering links

Post by Tonibe63 » Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:21 pm

If you only lower the rear then the steering head angle will be wrong. This might not be noticeable on the straight but on the bends where the rear may squat (especially if carrying a pillion and/or luggage) it will make the steering head angle even worse and potentially push the front end wide. Dropping the front to match the rear drop will help with preventing this.
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Re: Lowering links

Post by Billy Bananahead » Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:56 pm

It's going to depend on what the rider notices.
I lowered my Tiger 800 with some lowering links, didn't touch the front end, and to be honest the bike feels better to ride all round.
Originally my bike was an 800XC with the 21" front wheel which i swapped for the 19" front from the Roadie as it's known, i then dropped the forks as i thought there was a noticeable difference in handling. But as i said, after lowering the rear with the 19" wheel it feels better.

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Re: Lowering links

Post by scaley » Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:47 am

As Tonibe63 says, lowering the rear without adjusting the front will slow the steering. The bike will be more stable in a straight line , but will be harder to turn into corners.
On my XT1200 I lowered the rear by 30mm and raised the forks 13mm through the yokes. This was as much as I could get away with due to the shape of the forks.
It would be best to check the fork height on a 'standard' bike JIC adjustments have already been made.
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