Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Innisfil, Ontario Canada
HOW TO Lower with lower linkage plates
I purchased the lowering links (1") from AdventureTech. Question: How do you gain access to the bolts to remove? Looks to me, I am probably wrong, that the exhaust would need to be removed to gain access. I have an '18, but I imagine it is identical between the 16' and 18 1000.
I do not see how I can get a wrench long enough to get the leverage needed to loosen two of the bolts.
Went through the instructions again on the AdventureTech site. You will find it necessary to remove the bolts from the Left side of the bike. It took me about 45 minutes to install the new plates. Easy install, just make sure you follow the instructions on the AdventureTech site. In order to remove and reinstall the bolts, just use a jack on the rear bobbins, or bobbin holder and you only need a little bit of pressure on the jack for the bolts to move freely out of the OEM plates. When it is time to install, again, it will only take slight pressure on a jack.
So after going through all that, I decided I did not like being THAT low. With the low seat installed, there was really no point in the lowering plates. Nothing wrong with the lowering kit from AdventureTech, I just thought it wasn’t for me. Also, having the dilemma that the side and center stands would need to be modified did not impress me to keep the lowering plates on. So put the stock plates back in, albeit with a good cleaning first, and decided that the extra 15mm I need to feel comfy will be done with boots instead. Ordered a pair of Milwaukee Trooper Boots. That will do the job I believe.
2018 V Strom 1000 XT
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Last edited by dwayneh; 09-24-2018 at 07:28 PM.