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post #1 of 8 Old 07-24-2012, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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1" Lift Kit

So I've seen a bunch of chatter about lowering a Wee, but what about lifting it?

I've added the Rick's peg lowering kit and my Airhawk gives me a 1/2" or so lift.

I'm generally pretty comfortable now. I'm 6'0 with long legs, but I can still completely flat foot the bike at stops. I wonder what having the 1' lift would do positive or negative?

It seems like it mostly helps compensates for the stock suspension with a heavier load, like you might have for touring. Any other benefits?

Lift kit for the V-strom

Does anyone have this on their Wee? How does it affect things?

I did a search and didn't see much on raising a Wee.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-25-2012, 02:43 AM
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Interesting.... I am 6'2" and have highway bars, so dont use the footpegs too much, but never really thought that I needed to lift it.....and, doing mostly highway riding, not sure that I want it higher..........mostly because of wind.

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-25-2012, 06:50 AM
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I have 1 1/2 inch lift on mine and all it does is wear the chain guide out faster and change the rake to 25deg (from 25.6) and the trail to 110 from 112...

Really **** all
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-25-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the links,

I see that as part of way more suspension mods than I'm going to be messing with.

Scratched off the list....I was just curious why you might need them and now I see.

Thanks for the replies.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-25-2012, 10:39 PM
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It's not just vertical lift:
The shock/ spring is attached to a triangular linkage which is attaches to the swingarm and the dog bones. The whole linkage assembly pivots, so changing the length of the dog bones changes the length of the lever arm acting on the linkage.

With shorter bones, the bike will sit HIGHER (the bike hangs from the dog bones). Happily for big dudes, the shorter lever arm means it takes MORE force to move the shock thru the same amount of travel - since you're reducing the mechanical advantage the dog bones have against the linkage.

LONGER bones will allow the bike to hang lower - closer to the ground - while also GAINING mechanical advantage against the shock linkage: the same amount of weight/ force will cause the shock/spring to deform MORE than the stock configuration.

I ran raising links on a KLR and a Vee (don't have them on Wee yet). I noticed a dramatic change in handling (for the better), but I don't know if it was an improved rake/trail, front-back tire weight distribution, wishful thinking, or the suspension voodoo working.

At any rate, it's one of the cheapest things you can try and it's easily reversible. If you try it and don't like it, I'll buy the links from you.
...unless I complete a DIY set between now and then.

Would love GW to stumble in here and comment on the accuracy of what I'm posting here.
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-03-2015, 10:56 PM
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Restore to stock height

If I bought a Vstrom that someone has previously lowered, anyone know where I can find "stock" length links? I don't want to pay big $$ for dealership parts so anything third party of decent quality will work for me.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-04-2015, 01:11 AM
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I purchased a pair of lowering links.
The standard hole centres are 140mm.
The lowering links have hole centres at 150mm and lowers the back about 30mm
I presume to raise the back by 30mm you would need hole centres around 130mm

BTW a riding mate had a look at my $85 lowering links.

He got hold of a piece of 30mm x 5mm steel and made his own for virtually free. It certainly is not rocket science.

The only issues I am aware of with raising/lowering is the behaviour of the centre stand/side stand and whether you need to compensate at the front (I raised my forks 20mm). I can't see how you can do the reverse.

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