How low can you go? - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
PhoenixBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 18
How low can you go?

I just completed a lowering arm for my 900 custom. I noticed there has been a lot of discussion about several manufacture's products (which hole/slot lowers it how much?).

I like the challenge of building instead of buying. Check it out here

If someone wants to donate their factory original, maybe I'll do a detailed write up on how to do it.

Ride Low and Safe!
PhoenixBike is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 01:57 PM
Top Contributor
 
Helek_52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Tan Valley, AZ
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
Displacement/CC's: 900
Color: Black
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,223
Garage
Sweet. I really like the looks of the tire tucked into the fender like that. How much stiffer did you have to make the shock to keep it from bottoming out?

Keep the Shiny Side Up!
'09 900 Custom SE on the Darkside
"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien
Helek_52 is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
PhoenixBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 18
I have not made any mods to the shock yet. I'm riding it on the 2" position and purposely went over some train tracks that have a large bump. Sailed right over them at 60+, no problem. BTW I weigh about 230, probably quite a bit more with all my gear on.
PhoenixBike is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
PhoenixBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 18
I just added this pic to the post on my website. Two inches is a big difference. I had to check the seat of my pants to make sure they were not dragging on the ground.

PhoenixBike is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 02:49 PM
Top Contributor
 
Helek_52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Tan Valley, AZ
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
Displacement/CC's: 900
Color: Black
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,223
Garage
I agree. I bought mine with a dealer installed lowering kit that dropped it 2". It's a huge difference and really makes you feel like you're seated "in" the bike. I like it a lot.

Keep the Shiny Side Up!
'09 900 Custom SE on the Darkside
"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien
Helek_52 is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
PhoenixBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 18
I'll bet your SE looks really good down in the weeds. Ride Low and Safe!
PhoenixBike is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 08:41 PM
Member
 
azpostal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 52
Wow! That looks great! I think I would tear up my classic lowering it that much!
azpostal is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
PhoenixBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 18
I'd have to check, but I assume the clearance is the same for the Custom and Classic. If you look closely you'll see I have a pilot hole for a 1" option too. I just did not bother finishing it because I knew I wanted 2"+

The great thing is I can always put it back to factory height without tacking everything off again and changing the arm out. I just need to remove one bolt, lower the rear tire and put in back in the factory location.

<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>
Ride Low and Safe!
09 900 Custom
PhoenixBike is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 12:20 AM
Top Contributor
 
V Twin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 711
By looking at the pictures it looks like you hammered down the trailing link arm and then you drilled two holes right?
And then it looks like you hammered the middle bar so the shock would clear right?

Good thinking!
Give us a little more details so some of us can get a better understanding. Tks


Gitty Up & Go!

2007 VN 900 Custom modifications:
Corbin Young Guns Saddle*OEM Classic Gel Flame Saddle (when 2up)*OEM Light Bar*National Cycles Shield*OEM Ribbed Handlebar Grips*OEM Classic Rear Fender*PC III*V&H SCS Pipes (Modified)*Comet Milled BAK*Engine Guard*Genmar Risers*Clear Alternatives Integrated Tail Light*Kury Magnum Plus Mirrors*Kury Cruise Control*Upgraded Horn*Metzler 90/90/21*Avon Venom 200/70/15*Both SW Pulleys.
V Twin is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
PhoenixBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 18
No hammering. I fabricated additional pieces of steel and welded them onto the factory arm.

<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>
Ride Low and Safe!
09 900 Custom
PhoenixBike is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
no go....then go real fast..then no go mercman Vulcan 500 18 06-10-2016 08:08 PM
If you could go back in time would you still buy a VN900 or go to bigger bike. choco Vulcan 900 37 11-15-2014 10:07 AM
Once you go black you don't go back WaterfowlWidowMaker Vulcan 900 4 09-01-2012 11:43 PM
How low can I go tincup616 Vulcan 900 6 09-03-2011 09:40 PM
Why is the V2K-LT "light"? How far can you go? studiocarter Vulcan 2000 11 02-05-2011 08:46 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome