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post #21 of 67 Old 06-01-2014, 04:13 PM
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Links move the rear of the bike. The added clearance tapers off as you go forward.

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...and I knew that.......

Ok, new (hopefully better question)....approximately how much difference in peg height will I see then?

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The pegs are closer to the rear wheel. It looks like the pegs will raise about 2/3 of what the links are rated for.

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Probably not. The raising and lowering links raise the back of the bike. Since the front is staying the same you get some increase in height in the middle, but not the full effect felt at the back.
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New style raising and lowering links

We are transitioning to a new style of economy link.

They are similar to the ~$80 Kouba links, but stronger and at our usual "less than 1/2 the price."

Remember the story about the million dollar pen that writes in zero gravity and the pencil?

We solved the problem of the limitation imposed by the stock bolt length. Links made of 6061-T6 need to be 3/8" thick to be equal in strength to the stock links. Others have machined a relief into the links to reduce the thickness at the bolt head to 6 mm (a little less than 1/4"). Their design allows use of the stock bolts, but means the strength in this area is less than stock.

We just supply longer Grade 8 bolts with the links. Simple, better, cheaper.

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Hey Rick, i have a friend who needs to lower his 08 vstrom 650. I found him a set of used 3/4 lowering links but they are not enough, he's looking for at least another .5 lower if not more.

I noticed that you don't offer more then 7/8" if I am looking at the website correctly? Any reason why? Other brands offer up to 3" (i'd like to buy from you)

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Any more than 21mm in front and 28mm in back on a 2005 Wee can allow the fork legs to crash into the lower triple clamp or the rear tire to crash into the fender. If lower is needed, the fork and shock travel need to be limited somehow.



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Yikes! His bike is an 08, I take it that's the same?

28mm = 1.1"

"148 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 7/8 inch"

so that would still leave a bit more room to be lowered further?

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The back limit is the same on all Wees. ABS Wees with fork braces have a 10mm limit in front due to the brake plumbing under the lower triple clamp, 7mm if the brace is a Superbrace. The maximum safe rear lowering is 1 and 1/8".

Also, aerodynamics are best if the front is 10-15mm lower than the rear stock positions. Otherwise, high speeds cause front end lightening. Lowering the seat without lowering the bike may be a better way to go.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Greywolf nailed the reason why I limit the range of lowering links. I have had shops call me on behalf of customers wanting extreme lowering, but turned them down because of the possibility of damage to the bike and a less than desirable riding condition.

I can add 1.125" lowering links to our selection and will do so in the next few days.

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