Lowered VN800B rear tire rubbing
OK got a 2002 800 Classic, lowered it using Tweek's method of extending the trailing link or also know as the Tie Rod by Mamma Kaw as Tweek put it, but only went for the 3/8 inch rather than the 1/2 inch extension, and I did not drill the shock clevis for additional lowering, so I am guessing 2 1/2" lowered from stock, also replaced my chain with a new one at same time. Today I removed the rear fender to install a fender rack because I couldn't get my hand in between the fender and tire to secure the forward bolt for the fender rack, I put the bolt in from the bottom side and put an acorn nut on the top to make sure I didn't create more interference between the tire and fender at this location (running a solo mustang seat so rear fender looked bare and decided to install a luggage rack), when I removed the fender I found the rear tire is rubbing on the electrical for the taillight in the front where it passes through the fender to the battery area, had worn through the black sheath and started to wear the insulation off 2 wires, easy fix with some heatshrink and new sheathing, I am just wondering if anyone else had a similar problem after lowering. I am suspecting the new chain moved the tire forward a bit and that along with lowering the rear caused this interference, also the inner part of the fender shows some clean spots at the top of the arch, no paint damage just much cleaner than the rest of the inner fender surface, and a few small random nicks (not continuous like it would be if in constant contact) in the tire only on the right side which is the side the electrical is on, don't want to go back to stock as I love the way the bike looks and drives. My chain indicator is about mid way on the notches in the trailing arm, and the chain is properly tensioned, and my shock is at position 7 . Not sure what to do next to resolve this issue, any help is appreciated.
2002 VN800B, 6" DYI forward controls, EPA system removed, baffles removed, DYI lowered 2 inches in rear , 2" riser, mustang solo seat, re-geared to 18T/42T, scooterized and re-jetted carb, chrome rear fender rack, led headlight, old school leather saddlebags, billet chromed foot pegs, ISO hand grips
Last edited by jfl1960; 05-14-2016 at 03:44 PM.