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post #1 of 55 Old 06-30-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi all,

Just got a 2012 Wee-Strom Adventure; love the bike, but its seat height is a bit too tall for my comfort zone. I've even lowered the spring pre-loaded adjustment knob to the lowest setting and I'm still tip-toeing during a full stop.

I'm considering purchasing a lowering kit to have the bike lowered about another two inches. Your thoughts?

Those in favor of the kit: what brand would you recommend? How much should I pay for a kit? The dealership quoted me about $300. I searched on Ebay and a bunch of them showed up at much less than the dealer's quote, i.e. averaging $25-$50. Is the dealership ripping me off (very likely I would suppose)?

Those opposing the kit: pls provide reasons and suggested alternatives.

Thanks for your advice.
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The dealer cost is mostly for time. Do it yourself and the cost is only for lowering links. You can also lower the seat by cutting the blocks in half. The maximum for the lowering link is 1-1/8" though, not 2". Kouba lowering links, lowering the front 3/4" by moving the fork tubes up and cutting the seat blocks in half should get you in the neighborhood. If you do the work yourself, it wouldn't cost more than $75. It will be cheaper with generic links but don't exceed 1-1/8" and get steel or T6061 or T7075 aluminum alloy, not ordinary aluminum.

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I just got Soupy's lowering kit and it states a 2" to 4" reduction. Owch....is that correct? I haven't open the pack yet to see, but if 1 1/8" is max, hmmmm.
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There are links out there that can cause the tire to contact the fender. Apparently, there are also links out there that will cause the tire to crash into the fender. The stock link is 140mm between hole centers. A replacement link that exceeds 150mm can start to cause problems.

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I just got Soupy's lowering kit and it states a 2" to 4" reduction. Owch....is that correct? I haven't open the pack yet to see, but if 1 1/8" is max, hmmmm.
The up to 4 inch lowering with the Soupy's adjustable links is what's physically possible, not the maximum that should be done with a given bike model. You can use these to lower anywhere up to the 1 1/8 inch max for the 2012 V-strom, and can try different amounts to determine what works best for you - 1/2 inch, 1 inch, etc. I have mine set at 1 inch, which is very satisfactory after I had the seat foam shaved 1/2 inch (I have not cut the rubber pads on the underside of the seat yet).

In general I think the best method is to lower the bike as much as possible by seat modification and then use lowering links only to the minimum amount needed, thus changing the suspension as little as possible. The Soupy's links makes this easier.

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I used Kouba links (google them),,,they were around 71 bucks and very easy to install. They'll lower the back 1 1/8 in and you can lower the front by raising the tubes about 3/4 in....It was easy, cheap and perfect for me........TD AKA shorty...........
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Thx to all the replies and suggestions so far...

You all talk about "do it yourself" approach, but I know absolutely nothing about bike mods...plus I don't have any equipment.

So what would be the cheaper-than-dealership alternative?
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You could check with the Florida troopers group to see if anyone would be willing to help in some capacity. Florida Troopers - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Otherwise, just accept that the alternative to putting the time and money into tools and education to DIY is to pay somebody to do it for you. We all decide what things we want to do ourselves and what things we pay to have done for us.

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After you get the seat, rear, & front lowered to fit, readjust the front and rear preload to get the sag in the right position for your loaded riding weight. the sag adjustment gets you into the middle of the suspension range to minimize either topping out or bottoming out.
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If you can tiptoe the bike stock, there's no way you need to drop the back 2 inches. I could only put one foot down when I got the bike, and the 3/4" Kouba plus a matching adjustment to the front fork tubes did the trick for me.

1-1/8" is more of a drop than it sounds. The Kouba links are a bit more $ than some of the other options but they're purty :mrgreen:

Any decent moto mechanic should be able to put them on for you and drop the front end in about 30mins of labor.
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