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post #51 of 67 Old 03-05-2018, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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I don't know if it the frame taller or not or not, but the bike sits higher. the extra height could come from a a number of parts.
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It did seemed like it's taller. A bit late to figure it out. Bought new boots with thicker soles, maybe that will help. Thanks for the info.

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Just ordered a set of your links, Rick (and your GPS mount as well, which I also had on an earlier Strom) for my 2017 650.
I don't have a center stand or overhead hoist, however, I used *this* method on a previous bike (Versys), and was wondering if there would be any issues you'd know about, with using it for the new V-Strom (yep, that's a car jack, and I applied just enough pressure to keep the shock up, and a bit more to get the kit on -- worked well):


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Just an update for anyone considering the lift links, I love them! I raised the rear 1 1/8, and raised the front as much as safely possible, not only was the bike more comfortable, but it handled better (for me at least). The front doesn't raise nearly as much as the rear can without extending the fork tubes, which I believe (don't quote me) accounts for the slightly quicker steering that I experienced.

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post #55 of 67 Old 04-12-2018, 04:37 PM
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Rich, do you have anything available to lower a new 1000 more than 1". I'd like 1.5".
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post #56 of 67 Old 04-17-2018, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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There is a clearance issue on the new 1000s that limit how far you can lower them. On the older bikes it was the tire against the fender that result in a hole in the plastic lower fender section On the newer bikes it is a metal to metal limit involving the swingarm.

So the best you can do is lower both the front by sliding the fork tubes up and back with the 1" lowering plates, along with using less aggressive tire tread patters like the stock tires instead of tall knobs.
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I have a 2013 Wee that I just ended up dropping today because I am short and had issues maneuvering with my feet. If I use lowering links will i have to replace the kick stand?
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post #58 of 67 Old 05-01-2018, 07:49 PM
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I have a 2013 Wee that I just ended up dropping today because I am short and had issues maneuvering with my feet. If I use lowering links will i have to replace the kick stand?
I had a 2013 Wee that I lowered as well. At that time, I bought a Soupy's adjustable kickstand. Worked very well for me. Without it, the bike didn't have enough lean on the OEM stand.
I now have a 2017 Wee. I've just recently lowered it 3/4" using Rick's (Adventuretech) 147mm links (also dropped the triple tree 3/4" to keep the same bike geometry, as I did on the 2013). I love the difference it makes -- better handling, easier to duck-walk it around -- everything you lower a bike for. Btw, I'm 5'9" 29-30" inseam.

Strange thing is, with the 2017, I don't seem to need the Soupy's kickstand. It still has adequate lean on the stock. And, of course, I went out and pre-bought the Soupy's kickstand in anticipation.

So, my advice is lower your 2013... Decide if you think you need to swap out kickstands. If you do, and you want a Soupy's, you can have mine for 50% off -- it's brand new, never installed it...

Let me know.
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Definitely interested. I sent you a private message about.
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Well, I pulled the trigger on lowering links today. Thought I could get by with the stock height but found I could not get traction in sand, gravel etc. So I ordered some from Rick. As soon as they get here and installed, I get to figure out what to do with the kickstand! I sure appreciate the knowledge and insight on these boards.

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