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post #1 of 67 Old 01-23-2014, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Raising and Lowering Links

Is your bike too low, too high, or are you planning on carrying significant loads and need to raise the bike? If so, this may be your solution.

These links replace the stock linkage arms. The stock linkage arms measure 140 mm center to center. By increasing the length of the arm the back end and seat is lowered. By decreasing the length the back end and seat is raised.

We offer raising and lowering links in both 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 aluminum. Our 6061-T6 aluminum links are 3/8" thick and come with new 10 mm longer grade 8 bolts and washers. Our 7075-T6 and stainless steel links use the stock mounting hardware. Both are stronger than stock and come in a wide range of lengths to lower or raise you bike right where you want it.

They are equally strong and both stronger than the stock links. Some people just have preference so we offer both.


Raising Links

134 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 5/8 inches

133 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 3/4 inches

132 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 7/8 inches

131 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 1 inch

130 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 1 and 1/8 inch

Lowering Links

145 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 1/2 inch

146 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 5/8 inch

147 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 3/4 inch

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

We will endeavor to keep most these in stock ready to go.

The links can be ordered on our webiste Raising and Lowering Links - AdventureTech, LLC.

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post #2 of 67 Old 01-27-2014, 11:19 AM
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Just ordered a set of your lowering links.. If they work as well as your Fork Brace
and mirror extenders I know I'll be Happy!

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I am still a bit confused by these. I understand you raise the rear end up, but when you sit on it does it not just go back to normal as the suspension sags?

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No the links change the height where the bottom of the shock rides. Without making any other changes, since the shock is still the same length, everything the shock supports either rides higher or lower depending on whether you use a raising or lowering link.

This is a much better way of adjusting height of the rear end than tightening or loosening the preload on the shock spring, because, compared to changing spring rates you shock performance is relatively unchanged.
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I am still a bit confused by these. I understand you raise the rear end up, but when you sit on it does it not just go back to normal as the suspension sags?
The seat will lower, but not as much as it would with stock links. The shock spring supports the bottom of the shock and lower link bolt to the same position regardless of the links used.
The links are part of the suspension system. Longer links cause the swingarm to be higher, lowering the bike. Shorter links do the opposite. The links change the height of the bike after the compressed shock length is determined. The compressed shock length does not change regardless of link length.

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How does raising the rear effect handling etc? I am 6'5" and would love some extra height as I can easily flatfoot this bike.

Would I be right in thinking that raising the rear has the same effect as dropping the front? The prev Owner dropped the front about 3/4-1" so if that's correct i could raise the rear and front and it would ride the same?

Please point me to a good resource for this if anyone has one.

If it has no downsides then I will be putting in an order for these plus a fork brace and a shelf soon.

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I use 5/8" raising links on a 2012 Vee. I am 6' 3". I have a SW-Motech center stand and I can use up my tires and not drag anything except the outer edge of my boot. I did notice slightly less stability when balancing at a standstill with feet on the pegs in extremely slow stop and go traffic where you are going so slow you can hardly ever let the clutch out. I got used to that and forgot about it. My forks are all the way out. Center stand and side stand still work fine, but my bike is still pretty new, so my side stand is about as straight as it can be. I've never experienced the aerodynamic instability that people drop their forks for before installing the raising links.

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Roughly speaking of course, yes by returning your front forks to stock height and adding raising links you would experience handling similar to what you have now. It depends on how much you raise the back end.

These handling differences are subtle. They are far less than switching from a sport bike to an adventure bike, to a cruiser.

The difference in height though is substantive. there are a few feedback posts here. Raising and Lowering Links by Adventuretech

and since you are 6'4" you might want to check out the foot peg and control lowering kit. You would probably find nirvana raising the rear end and lowering the pegs and controls.

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Vees and Wees benefit aerodynamically from lowering the front or raising the rear. Owners report more stability because of less front end lift and more agility due to the decrease in rake and trail.

Glees are already a little higher in the back due to a longer shock and don't have the ramped plastic piece under the headlights that causes lift. Some people still like the increase in agility from raising the rear but others find it twitchy.

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Ack, what size to pick!? Haha.

I will do some research on what size and get ordering.

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