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Lowering kit installation
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:35:31 pm »
Hello, this is not another thread about if or not to install those but rather how to!? Can a guy not espcially good with tools install these without any professional or special tools!? If so which brand ?? Thank you
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Re: Lowering kit installation
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2015, 10:31:30 pm »
 Michel,

I'm assuming you are planning to fit a Lust Race lowering kit?   In which case you will have no problem.  I put one on when I first got the bike and managed it in 30 minutes with ample tea breaks.   I had the bike up on a lifting table which saved my poor old back and had to wedge a plank of wood under the rear wheel to support the wheel. yuou may need a second pair of hands to waggle the plank up and down in order to line up[ the bolt holes.   Er?  :174:  I've just made it sound more difficult than it actually is.   If you can tell the difference between a hammer and a screw driver, I am sure you will have no problems fitting the kit. 

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Re: Lowering kit installation
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2015, 10:35:24 pm »
Thanks a lot Phil , you are reassuring me a bit....although I havent decided which one to install ( lust or soupy's) hopefully I will now hear from someone who installed Soupy's .
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Re: Lowering kit installation
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2015, 12:05:55 am »
The Lust is an easy install, and you may want to reverse the upper bolt when you do so it's easier to remove later without dropping the muffler if you decide to go back to stock.  There are some reports on other forums about the Soupy's adjustable ones breaking, so I wouldn't use that type.  Lowering the front (raising the tubes in the clamps) some is a little more involved to get them exact on each side, but it's not that difficult.  Just be sure to make minor adjustments to see if you have changed or dislike the handling difference.  I can't see a lot of change on mine with the front 12.5 mm lower than stock with the Lust links in back.  There is a good front end U-Tube video out there you can find with a search like "lowering the front forks on a motorcycle".
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Re: Lowering kit installation
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2015, 01:50:37 am »
*Originally Posted by trophied [+]
The Lust is an easy install, and you may want to reverse the upper bolt when you do so it's easier to remove later without dropping the muffler if you decide to go back to stock.

Dropping the muffler!?  If I read correctly , its required to drop the muffler only to uninstall , not for initial install!?
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Re: Lowering kit installation
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2015, 09:35:45 pm »
If the upper link bolt on yours is put through from the muffler side it will not come out far enough to remove the stock link and install the replacement.  It's very easy to remove the muffler and then you can put the bolt in from the other side and never have that problem again.
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Re: Lowering kit installation
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2015, 07:32:42 pm »
Thanks again
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Re: Lowering kit installation
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2015, 10:26:08 pm »
*Originally Posted by trophied [+]
The Lust is an easy install, and you may want to reverse the upper bolt when you do so it's easier to remove later without dropping the muffler if you decide to go back to stock.  There are some reports on other forums about the Soupy's adjustable ones breaking, so I wouldn't use that type.  Lowering the front (raising the tubes in the clamps) some is a little more involved to get them exact on each side, but it's not that difficult.  Just be sure to make minor adjustments to see if you have changed or dislike the handling difference.  I can't see a lot of change on mine with the front 12.5 mm lower than stock with the Lust links in back.  There is a good front end U-Tube video out there you can find with a search like "lowering the front forks on a motorcycle".

What size link did you use in the back to counter your 1/2 inch in the front?
Did you have to make any kickstand changes?

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