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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-15-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Lowered, yes another lowering thread. Job done

Okay so just a quick review not that there aren't enough threads on this but will kinda do a quick summary.

My level of wrenching is a 8.5 out of 10, I almost do all my own mechanic work yet I know I am not professional. Important I think, I have a full 2 tier roll away tool box so my point is if I need it I usually have it or can certainly improvise.

In another thread mentioned seeing a lot of clearance as I have aftermarket Cobras, there was NO need to remove exhaust, very easy access, no issue at all.

Took me about 1 hr. 20 mins. Only thing I will say is a must for this job is a low boy floor jack, my 2 ton never would have worked that well, I would have fought with it. So I had 2 other jacks to use that worked perfect plus jack stands.

#1 learn right off the bat that you will be moving the rear tire up and down in turn moving the suspension over and over to remove and install. I laughed because when I got in the position where both bolts holding the brackets we're out then the bracket per instruction should just fall out, NOPE not for me had to raise the rear higher so that then it would fall out so again, just be prepared to go up and down for positioning on the complete job, very easy mind you just very necessary. LOL

So it was truly a very easy job, 5 out of 10 on the mechanic scale at worst.

Outcome, great feel to the bike, now I am only running a 200 right now so there is still space and the bikes in most the threads are based on the 230 with a 2" lowering. But I will say again the feel is tremendous and totally different. My bike was set on #5 shock position and here it comes :-) damn my luck I could not move it into position #6 which I wanted too(no correct tools). I do not have the factory tool and I hoped to just be able to lift the suspension then use a punch and hand sledge to move it, Nope, was not budging so I bailed out on it ASAP, was not going to worry, nor fight or screw anything up. I have not seen any mention by anyone in any thread how they move their shock position or should we say what tool other than a factory wrench they use very curious what others use.

So there is my take, did not go into a bunch of detail because seriously it was very very easy and the outcome was very very good !!!

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Pics before and after would be appreciated.
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will work on that, have the before but not after just yet. Again I will totally admit that even with the over sized 200 that the 230 makes the deal. I look at those bikes and they look awesome, my opinion, not that I am not very proud of mine just saying the 230 completes the filling of any gaps.

But just the lowering kit made a huge performance improvement.

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2009 Vulcan 900 Custom
Mustang Day Tripper w/upgrade insert
Cobra Swept Exhaust
Kuryakyn ISO Grips with throttle boss and Stiletto Ends
Kuryakyn Stiletto footpegs front, ISO Wings Rear
Irate Flame grill and regulator cover
Xelement Saddlebags and Tool Bag
Aftermarket Flame Mirrors
Custom Speedo Dial (R.I.P. w/respect to the creator)
Adjure 7" Ventura Flame with Skull lens
Barron 2" lowering kit, GenMar 2" Risers
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Out of sheer ignorance, I've got to ask. What is the purpose of lowering a 900?
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never a stupid question

For me it was seeing the 230 + 2" lowering threads and reading through them. What I found is kind of what I stated. The looks improved by taking up more gap space, but much bigger difference in the ride for sure. Positioning feel mainly.

P.S. I feel like the idiot, I have the OEM mechanics manual and does not state the shock adj. tool is within the kit that comes with the bike. Talk about doing a bit more research to find out we all can be Mechanic IDIOTS at time. Hell I can laugh at myself on this one, DUH !!!!

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Mustang Day Tripper w/upgrade insert
Cobra Swept Exhaust
Kuryakyn ISO Grips with throttle boss and Stiletto Ends
Kuryakyn Stiletto footpegs front, ISO Wings Rear
Irate Flame grill and regulator cover
Xelement Saddlebags and Tool Bag
Aftermarket Flame Mirrors
Custom Speedo Dial (R.I.P. w/respect to the creator)
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Barron 2" lowering kit, GenMar 2" Risers
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Does this place the frame that much closer to the ground?
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Yes, you are lowering the rear by 2", so you feel like your sitting a bit back(good thing for most aftermarket seat especially)

be reminded however if you get away from the stock 180 you will gain some, not much but some as you go into your 200 and/or 230 from the increase of diameter, remember you only pick up 1/2 you overall diameter increase

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Cobra Swept Exhaust
Kuryakyn ISO Grips with throttle boss and Stiletto Ends
Kuryakyn Stiletto footpegs front, ISO Wings Rear
Irate Flame grill and regulator cover
Xelement Saddlebags and Tool Bag
Aftermarket Flame Mirrors
Custom Speedo Dial (R.I.P. w/respect to the creator)
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both the wife's 900 and my V2K hit the floorboards / pipes with little effort, I'm curious if anyone has ever "lifted" either bike to help avoid that issue.
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The big advantage of lowering, for those with short inseams, is they can easily flatfoot the bikes when they have to stop, thus being easier to hold up at stops. Disadvantages are less ground clearance, easier to scrape hard parts.
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Instead of lowering the wife's 900, I bought her some really thick sole leather boots, end of problem.
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