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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, I'm looking for some input regarding:

lowering links- those of you with the 2" drop links, have you had any bottoming out? I'm a fat boy but would like to drop the bike but don't want to be bottoming out every time I hit a bump ( which there are a lot of in Louisiana).

Chromers - I'm looking to have the wheels chromed anyone had experience with Excaliber plating in Fulton, CA? Any suggestions ?


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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 11:36 AM
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Just how big a boy are ya'"

Smedlin can advise you on the chrome, he's had enough done to cover a third world country.
I've done the homemade drop kit with the 1/4" steel plate and I tightened up the shock almost all the way up. The only time I've bottomed out is hitting a goodly sized chug hole 2 up with gear. We probably had around 400lbs on it at the time give or take 20. When I'm by myself, even with gear I've not had a problem. Took a 875 trip in August with no issue. At the time I weighed in at 195 but I'm down to 189 as of Tuesday
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post #3 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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lets just say I am heavier than you but less than 400 LOL
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I've got the 2" lowering link . Has its pros & cons.
I'm 195 and have also ridden with a passenger = 300 in total
Pro's....looks
Cons..... shitty over-all ride.

I've played with the spring set-up and dampening adjuster and it still rides like shit.
Shit in the sense of... rough roads it feels like your riding a rigid.
Bumps translates to your ass coming off the seat.

On smooth asphalt rides.... great.
But I've learned to love and accept it.
Not to bad considering most of my riding is on smooth roads.

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here is where i did my chrome rim exchange , no issues.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KAWASAKI-VUL...c8e57b&vxp=mtr

dont have a lowering kit so i cant say on that one. but i would like to know if you bottom out
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if your getting chrome rims you might need a chrome pulley to match. I have one for sale if you looking.

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post #7 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 09:48 PM
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here is where i did my chrome rim exchange , no issues.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KAWASAKI-VUL...c8e57b&vxp=mtr

dont have a lowering kit so i cant say on that one. but i would like to know if you bottom out
mine where done same place as sarge.

I have the 2 inch drop kit on mine. I never bottom out (and I'm not a small guy).

Even ridding 2-up with the wife, I don't buttom out unless I hit a speed bump. And the wife is almost as tall as I am..

Yes, I'm a Chrome Whore.

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Where did you guys the 2" drop kit? I see Kyrocket made his, but who manufacturers the kit?

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Mean Cycles offers it.
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Where did you guys the 2" drop kit? I see Kyrocket made his, but who manufacturers the kit?
Ditto on Mean Cycle.
I previously made the same 1/4" thick homemade ones and I discovered that they twisted a bit under the weight of the rear going over uneven surfaces over a 5000 km stretch I had them on for.
So I yanked them and bought the Mean Cycles ones.
I found the ride a bit more better with the new ones on as well.
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