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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!
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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. :)

 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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Looks like you lost one of your grease zerks at one point.
 

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Im thinking of building my own lowering bracket also. From the pics it looks like the longer the arm is the lower it goes. Also I guess the holes are offset for the different heights because the holes would be on top of each other. My guess is a half inch longer gives about a inch of lowering. Thanks in advance.
 

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i have a stock, 2" & 3" lower kit on my classic and i have the long vance and hines pipes. when i go around right hand corners or out of driveways the tip of the bottom pipe drags. so the lower you go the less ground/cornering clearance you get. have no problem with the kick stand. it still sits really good.
 
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