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post #1 of 7 Old 05-29-2017, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Raising the rear....

Anyone know of a way to maybe raise the rear of the bike an inch or so??? Without loosing suspension travel??

Hope to improve ground clearance a little, and with 35" inseam, height is no worry.....

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See Gen 2 DL1000 - AdventureTech, LLC. for exactly what you want.

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See Gen 2 DL1000 - AdventureTech, LLC. for exactly what you want.
Anyone running this, and if so, how is the kickstand working out. Any reviews from the 7/8 or 1 1/8? To many choices man...LOL!

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Anyone running this, and if so, how is the kickstand working out. Any reviews from the 7/8 or 1 1/8? To many choices man...LOL!

This mod has been on my bike for most of its over 3 years. I used the 1 1/8" solution, put on a SW Motech bash plate and it has more clearance now than without bash plate stock.
Standard centre stand (or maybe SW Motech, can't recall now) and no issues except now was a little short.

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I did manufacture a solid rubber block about 30-35 mm thick and screwed it up into the bottom of my sidestand to get the lean angle I wanted for parking. It leans too far otherwise.
The centre stand holds the bike up but ideally needs 3/4" attachment to each side of the centre stand (or a piece of floorboard temporarily under where the centrestand contacts the ground) or the wheel isn't off the ground enough to spin freely when lubing the chain.

See my photos

P.S. I also lowered the forks through the triple clamps about 6mm. They sit slightly down from the top of the clamps now.
If the steering head angle is now slightly different it certainly hasn't made itself noticed in the handling department. It still corners quickly and with confidence and tours beautifully

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OK, will look at ordering one then.... what did you pad the kickstand with, and do you have an added foot?? If I don't want to drop the forks, do you think I should go with the 7/8"?? I am 6'6" and 280 ish... but I notice when I sit on the bike the front sags way less than the rear. so wanting to make that up.

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Maybe run a higher profile rear tire.
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OK, will look at ordering one then.... what did you pad the kickstand with, and do you have an added foot?? If I don't want to drop the forks, do you think I should go with the 7/8"?? I am 6'6" and 280 ish... but I notice when I sit on the bike the front sags way less than the rear. so wanting to make that up.
Go the 1 1/8". You don't need to drop the forks - i just did what I could to grab every bit of lift while wanting the forks to remain safely locked into the clamps.
At the same time I bought the footpeg lowering kit from the same place. They not only open the leg angle a little but they move the pegs slightly forward which helps put my calf muscles a bit further back from them when standing at the lights. Add to that the bar risers from SW Motech and I have the nice upright riding position I like to adventure ride.

I padded the kickstand with a chunk of high density rubber block cut just oversize compared to the stand footprint. then I countersunk the block and drilled upwards into stand foot and used 3 self tappers and just slightly ground the sharp points off after they were in place. It actually spreads on its base a bit when it's down so gives a more secure footprint in softish ground

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