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post #11 of 67 Old 02-04-2014, 02:32 PM
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Thanks for the advice guys. I am 6'3 and was planning on getting the footpeg lowering kit but I may get these as well as my legs felt really cramped in the month or so that I did get to ride.

It's funny how subjective it all is though. Coming from the Ninja 500 I thought it was PERFECT never need to change a thing. A few weeks later i'm wishing it had a higher seat height, lower pegs and maybe the handlebars a bit higher.

These links seem like a cheap alternative to a new seat.

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I have always wondered how hard these would be to install, and can it feasibly be done at home without a bike lift?

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I have always wondered how hard these would be to install, and can it feasibly be done at home without a bike lift?
It's easy with a center stand. Without one, the bike body needs to be lifted, not with a swingarm stand.

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Here is a link to our instructions for the raising and lowering links.

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post #15 of 67 Old 03-12-2014, 04:27 PM
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Just installed 146mm Stainless Lowering Links - Beautiful

I just wanted to publicly compliment RichlandRick on his products and customer service. As a new '13 650 owner and a recent relocation to Rick's backyard (turns out we live about four miles apart), Rick spent a great deal of time answering my questions about local dealers, services, etc.

After picking up the bike at Desert Valley Powersports in Prosser, WA (also great to work with) it became readily apparent that my 29 1/2"-on-a-good-day inseam was just a little too short to be as steady as I wanted at stoplights in this city where the wind never stops gusting. I needed lowering links and Rick happened to sell a really nice set of stainless ones. Rick let me arrange to pick up the links at his shop, then gave me a half hour discourse on how to set my bike up for long range riding and how to deal with everything from the wind to head buffet and beyond.

I installed the links the next day (Rick even offered to come to my place and help, but my schedule didn't mesh with his) Not having a centerstand, I got creative with two ratchet straps around the frame exposed when the seat is removed, then hooked to the tines on a conveniently available forklift. I took just enough weight off the rear tire without lifting the tire off the ground to get the bolts to slide free. All initial bolt loosening was done with the full weight of the bike on the rear wheel. The ratchet straps allowed me to even the bike up while I was lifting the rear.

The entire job took about fifteen minutes, including raising the fork tubes to match the lowered rear. The lowering links did exactly what I needed and I am no longer tiptoeing through the tulips.

Next is to install his fork brace to help deal with these cross winds.

Thanks Rick, your products are great and your customer service is superb.
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post #16 of 67 Old 03-13-2014, 03:07 AM
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I just wanted to publicly compliment RichlandRick on his products and customer service. As a new '13 650 owner and a recent relocation to Rick's backyard (turns out we live about four miles apart), Rick spent a great deal of time answering my questions about local dealers, services, etc.

After picking up the bike at Desert Valley Powersports in Prosser, WA (also great to work with) it became readily apparent that my 29 1/2"-on-a-good-day inseam was just a little too short to be as steady as I wanted at stoplights in this city where the wind never stops gusting. I needed lowering links and Rick happened to sell a really nice set of stainless ones. Rick let me arrange to pick up the links at his shop, then gave me a half hour discourse on how to set my bike up for long range riding and how to deal with everything from the wind to head buffet and beyond.

I installed the links the next day (Rick even offered to come to my place and help, but my schedule didn't mesh with his) Not having a centerstand, I got creative with two ratchet straps around the frame exposed when the seat is removed, then hooked to the tines on a conveniently available forklift. I took just enough weight off the rear tire without lifting the tire off the ground to get the bolts to slide free. All initial bolt loosening was done with the full weight of the bike on the rear wheel. The ratchet straps allowed me to even the bike up while I was lifting the rear.

The entire job took about fifteen minutes, including raising the fork tubes to match the lowered rear. The lowering links did exactly what I needed and I am no longer tiptoeing through the tulips.

Next is to install his fork brace to help deal with these cross winds.

Thanks Rick, your products are great and your customer service is superb.
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Good to know. When I find my bike I will be loading it up with Rick's products. I will also be able to swing by his shop and pick stuff up.

I've got about a 30" inseam. What links did you pick up that got your bike where you like it?
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I love the 1" raising links, great customer service

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Thanks for the advice guys. I am 6'3 and was planning on getting the footpeg lowering kit but I may get these as well as my legs felt really cramped in the month or so that I did get to ride.

It's funny how subjective it all is though. Coming from the Ninja 500 I thought it was PERFECT never need to change a thing. A few weeks later i'm wishing it had a higher seat height, lower pegs and maybe the handlebars a bit higher.

These links seem like a cheap alternative to a new seat.
I have a 32" inseam and have both Rick's peg lowering kit and 1" raising links. The bike fits me much better now, I love the little extra ground clearance... (If I ever put my Wee for sale it won't say 'clean and garage-kept' .

A note on customer service: When I ordered the raising links I got a quick email from Rick saying that it would take a few days before he can make and send the links. A few days later I emailed to inquire about the status and got a reply within 10 minutes. I still had to wait a couple of more days but I was very happy to get a quick update. Great customer service, great products!
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My appreciation to Richland Rick fore all the great products I have purchased in the past including fork brace, mirror extenders, and GPS mount. I had a local dealership instal my recently purchased 1/2" lowering links and lower the front the same amount and I finally feel like my 2012 650 Adventure is my true home.

With a Corbin seat, I can now flat foot at stops (31" inseam) and the concentration needed for maneuvering during parking or storing in the shed has greatly diminished, allowing for a stress free experience. I would never had realized the difference such a minor lowering would cause had I not driven my wife's with a 3/4" drop. I still hesitated for a year as I didn't need that much of a drop and didn't want to fork out the big bucks for Soupy's adjustables.

Thanks Rick for providing a quality product for an exceptional price. I painted the aluminum links black and they look great.

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post #19 of 67 Old 05-23-2014, 06:02 PM
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Another kudos to Rick. I got the fork brace, the over-the-dash shelf, and the 1" raising links. All work great, but the raising links are my favorite. I haven't scraped my exhuast pipe a single time since installing them. They were super easy to install and I can go just a little bit faster through the twisty stuff now without worrying about grinding hard parts.

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Rick, I asked this in another discussion on a different thread, but I want to repeat it here if I may:

So, with the 1.25" raising link will I actually see the unsprung ground clearance of 7.75"?

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