Lowering kit effect on suspension? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Duanesburg, New York
Posts: 240
Lowering kit effect on suspension?

If one uses a lowering kit, adjusts the front suspension for the difference in height, how does this effect the overall bike suspension?

Mr. Pete----->
aging hippie
mrpete64 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 08:25 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
It lowers the center of gravity and very, very slightly softens the effective spring rate on the rear.

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
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informa...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 09:02 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Capt_phun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 262
And makes you less likely to drop the bike! Especially if you are vertically challenged. Lowered my Glee & while I miss the ground clearance, I've saved numerous "oh crap" moments by getting both feet down.
One thing I did for the suspension was to increase the rebound & preload when fully loaded & 2 up for moto camping.

Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App

DL650 Adventure Trax Box Carrying Handles/Lashing straps. --> click link to view info & how to order: [url]https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-2012/80136-trax-box-carry-handles-lashing-straps.html[/url]
Capt_phun is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 09:47 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Eastern Kansas
Posts: 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
It lowers the center of gravity and very, very slightly softens the effective spring rate on the rear.
The actual spring rate may need an increase as much as 15% on the rear. The needed increase in preload for proper rider sag will leave less than ideal free sag.

--_--
Owner, G-Baby Racing Endurance Team
2013 ASRA/AMA Team Challenge Endurance GTL National Champions
2015 US National Endurance Series LW National Champions

Last edited by grasslander; 10-13-2013 at 09:51 AM.
grasslander is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 10:25 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
If a stiffer spring rate is needed for a proper sag setting, it probably would have been needed for the non lowered bike too. I'm moving this thread to the general forum as it applies to all V-Stroms.

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
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informa...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 11:13 AM
$tromtrooper
 
tmcgee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Braintree, Massachusetts
Posts: 8,025
The right way to adjust rear bike height is to shorten or lengthen the shock. If you do it by changing the doggones, you prolly won't be able to dial in enough preload. BTDT

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

This message and images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. http://creativecommons.org
tmcgee is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 11:54 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
randyo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Farmington, New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 10,196
the bike bottoms out a whole lot easier





Never pay again for live sex! | Hot girls doing naughty stuff for free! | Chat for free!

RandyO
IBA# 9560
07 Strom 1k (8x,xxx miles)
99 SV650 (135,006 miles)
82 XV920R
A man with a gun is a citizen
A man without a gun is a subject
www.gbhsurvey.com
randyo is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 09:25 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
teevee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Miami/Managua
Posts: 1,322
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by randyo View Post
the bike bottoms out a whole lot easier

or at least your suspension does.

'08 DR650, '07 DL1000
"And anyways, if they don't have motorcycles in heaven, I'd rather go to hell. I'm pretty sure they will have loads of them there." (deelip, 2016)
teevee is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 11:10 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Francisco CA
Posts: 63
Lowered my K7 DL1000 3/4" and couldn't be happier. The only difference in handling that I've noticed is that the bike turns in a little easier, which I like.
Sfvstrom is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 10-14-2013, 08:17 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Whitehall, OH. USA
Posts: 1,048
slightly softens the effective spring rate on a already soft rear. plus the loss of ground clearance = dragging hard parts in the curves. drag hard parts even in the straight away, if i rode across a speed bump. as far as lower center of gravity is concerned, i could never push my bike hard enough to find out before dragging hard parts. i actually had to slow my overall riding speed down vs stock set up.
JRWalker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome