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post #1 of 12 Old 08-23-2012, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Glee Lowering links Question!

Trying to lower my 2012 Glee--before I get into any more specifics, I have a quick question: to lower the bike should the new dogbones be longer or shorter than the stock?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-23-2012, 06:15 PM
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to lower the bike should the new dogbones be longer or shorter than the stock?
Longer. For every one mm longer than the stock 140mm, the seat is lowered about 2.8mm.

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Yep, thanks greywolf--I figured it out; it's counter-intuitive. Do I need to use a torque wrench to retighten nuts.bolts?
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You know how educated your arm is better than I do. It's up to you.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Wil I die if I don't use Loctite?
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They are locking nuts. One more question before you put your hands on it and you may die.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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not sure the US spec, but on my Australian delivered model the nut is a "jam nut" (is that the correct term) - i have undo and redo at least 10 times in the last 4 years with my suspension work - never have to lock-tite

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-24-2012, 04:37 AM
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lowering your strom ?

could someone please explain the advantages of lowering the v-strom
apart from the obvious ,short people being able to tip-toe terra firma.
do they handle better in the twisties? the trade-off being compromised clearance in the rough stuff.
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i only have a 30inch inseam measuring crotch to bottom of feet. if i shift my bum to get one foot completely flat, the other one is hanging in the air. - i can barely all my toes down both feet. - my bike is effectively raised 5 mm in the front and 15mm in the back - flat footing is fairly over-rated - i lowered mine by 10mm at the rear tyre when i first have the bike. Causes all sorts of clearance issue.

A change of vstrom's attitude, either through lowering the front or raising the rear (or a combination) compare to stock gives better handling - and for pre L2 bikes, -hi speed stability up to a point.

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if you lower, you should lower front and back the same amount. getting the front lower will feel more responsive but it will also be less stable...think sportbike here. many sport bikes need a steering stabilizer because of this maneuverability. tank slappers could become an issue with the lowered front. lowering the back and not the front will slow the steering..not sluggish, but kinda sluggish. lower the bike properly, but will also reduce clearance meaning pay attention to lean angles.

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