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Lowering Links & Seat Height

Hey all,

Dropping the rear end of my bike 3" with a set of John's lowering links. Just wondering if there's a 1:1 correlation between the length of the link and the amount my seat height will drop. Or will the seat drop to a lesser extent than the fender? TIA.

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I just removed my 2 inch drop in the rear. Hated it. Bottomed out way too easy and kept me at a bad riding position. Not to mention the rougher ride. Im too old for it i guess.
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Hey all,

Dropping the rear end of my bike 3" with a set of John's lowering links. Just wondering if there's a 1:1 correlation between the length of the link and the amount my seat height will drop. Or will the seat drop to a lesser extent than the fender? TIA.

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I made my own lowering links to drop it 2 inches.

I found that the main rider seat went down about 1/2 of what the fender dropped.

I turned up the spring adjustment on the shock and it rides fine with the 400 pounds of passengers plus the luggage we took on a month long bike trip......

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I found that the main rider seat went down about 1/2 of what the fender dropped.
Thanks Gene. I expected there to be some disparity between the two numbers.

I'm at the point with my VL1500LC that I'd love to fit a higher set of hangers on it. I have no spare length on my cables due to the 10" ape bars already on it so I can't get them to go any higher without some significant costs, and I find the fender height in the rear to look a bit off, especially for someone who likes lower bikes and doesn't ride 2-up. I'm thinking the 3" lowering kit will check a couple boxes for me. Not a perfect solution, but I don't plan on pumping a bunch of money into this bike at this stage.
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Thanks Gene. I expected there to be some disparity between the two numbers.

I'm at the point with my VL1500LC that I'd love to fit a higher set of hangers on it. I have no spare length on my cables due to the 10" ape bars already on it so I can't get them to go any higher without some significant costs, and I find the fender height in the rear to look a bit off, especially for someone who likes lower bikes and doesn't ride 2-up. I'm thinking the 3" lowering kit will check a couple boxes for me. Not a perfect solution, but I don't plan on pumping a bunch of money into this bike at this stage.
Yes, so far as the lowering links go, the bike frame pivots around the fulcrum of the front wheel much like a wheelbarrow - a class 2 lever...

You have to move the handles (rear fender) quite a ways to get the load to lift or lower a little bit....

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DJ drive --- mustang 3 piece seat --- CW Tach
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Finally got around to lowering the rear. Went with a 3” kit from John’s Kits. The stock bolts on the bones gave me some trouble, but a buddy with an oxygen-acetylene torch came through. Really digging the look and feel so far after a couple short spins around the block trying to hit as many potholes as possible (weather is still garbage on the east coast of Canada). No bottoming out as of yet, and my feet still feel comfortable on the boards. So far so good.
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I lowered my C-50 2" with bones.
Then I added the Ultimate seat which lowered things even more.
Then I got boots with a nice thick sole.
This vertically challenged rider (midget) now has a nice purchase with the ground.

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I'm 6 ft tall. Did roughly the same on my 04 Volusia. Lowered my center of gravily. Love it.
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I had 2" lowering links. Hated them. Bottomed out with the shock adjusted up ant the wife on board. Bottomed out so much that the tire rubbed thru the wiring harness while on vacation. It was no fun trying to rewire the brake and turn signals on vacation without a lift.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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I'm 6ft tall also and lowered my bike 2 and 1/2 in, Cobra exhaust, ran a solo seat. After about a year I really enjoyed the look but I got sick of the sound and the ride. Put my original exhaust back on raised the back of the bike back up. Installed a fats windshield with a set of lowers sissy bar and saddlebags and I now love my bike more than I did before. Live and learn.
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