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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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lowering?

I have an '09 900 custom. I was looking into lowering it, just to get the fender a little closer to the tire. The best thing I have found is the l.a. customs lowering bracket for going down 1 to 2 inches. I was wondering if 1 inch is possible without dragging pegs.? Often my wife is on the back, but when she is I do not ride to aggressively. On my own is a little different story. Or if there is a better way to get the fender closer to the wheel without lowering it. Thanks for your help and advice in advance. And sorry if this question has been asked a thousand times, just couldn't find it.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 08:29 PM
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Call it 1001!

I have the Barons kit (BA-7500-74) on my 2012 Custom, with the rear dropped 2". I was dragging the pegs now and again at stock height (shock preload at "4" from the dealer)...so it is all about how you ride, your preload, and how much weight you plan on carrying. You can also firm-up the VN900 uni-shock by cranking up the preload...this can help when riding 2-up. I'm on "6" now, and almost never ride 2-up. You have to face it, the bike will be lower. So will the pegs and exhaust. Also, if you only lower the rear, the bike pivots down in the rear, but the front remains stock...so do the geometry...the pegs drop about 1/2 of the rear-only drop...give or take...(theoretically, if the pegs were exactly 1/2 way between the front and rear contact patch)...you get the idea.

Yes, the fender / tire relationship is better.

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Thanks for the help. It is appreciated. I guess let me rephrase my question, does anyone on here have a lowered bike that rides 2 up?

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Yes, two up on occasion, mine is lowered 2", shock in the middle on preload. When momma's on I stiffen it up 1 notch. No problem. I have drug the tip when turning right, but was a dip in the middle of corner at intersection and I wasn't babying it around the corner either.

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I had my Classic lowered 2" with the shock set on the 2nd stiffest setting. It would bottom out occasionally riding 2 up. The wife & I weigh just over 300# combined. Sometimes it sounded like the shock bottoming, and sometimes like the tire hitting the plastic splash guard (don't know how similar this is on the Custom). Switched it to 1" and the stiffest setting and it never happened again.

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thanks a lot for the help. I just ordered the kit and cannot wait to get it installed now. especially with the weather starting to warm up, getting the itch to go out.

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1" Drop

Okay call it 1002, if I may hijack, but what about the progressive rear shock (lowers bike 1")? Is there a difference in ride quality vs the lowering kit?

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Alright, this might be a stupid question but what does call it 1002 mean?

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Keep in mind your exhaust, especially if you have long pipes, you dont want them scraping more than just a light tap at most, can very easily put you down if the rear tire starts to loose grip. I KNOW!!
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Call it 1001!
I'm trying to find the advantage/disadvantage of going with the Progressive rear shock which lowers the bike 1 inch, over going with a lowering kit. As you probably already know, you can drag the VN900 pegs in stock configuration. I did it just to see what it would take to do it. Also ridden 2-up (280 lbs between the 2 of us) in some fairly twisty backroads with no scraping. It's in how you ride. When this rear tire wears out, I'm almost convinced to go with a 200/70/15 and lowering 1" in some manner. Curious about whether the bigger tire would somewhat offset the drop in peg/pipe height (dragging).

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