I recently installed 3/4" lowering links out back, and dropped the front end the same 3/4". Working great, feet now flat on the ground and a bit easier to mount and dismount.
But the side stand is holding the bike up too high. There is lean, but I can literally tip the bike over on its right side by simply pressing down on the right saddlebag, or getting on the bike with a bit too much vigor- almost lost it one day just getting on! (Haven't let it fall, but it takes very little effort to get it to go over.) I've got Pelican 1440's out in the back, total system is estimated to be putting another 55 pounds onto the rear end. Just that weight compresses the suspension a little bit, which compounds the bike wanting to lean back over to the right with such little effort as the side stand stands the bike up farther as the suspension is compressed. (Would adjusting the rear shock to firm it up help me here? What would I be adjusting, and where- knob or shock body?)
I need to shorten the side stand. I'm going to search for a second hand side stand and modify it. I want to keep the stocker in stock shape, just in case...
Now, outside of simple arithmetic, I can't do any advanced math. At first blush, I'd want to shorten the side stand 3/4" just like I did for the suspension, but something in my brain is telling me 3/4" off the side stand would be too much.
I need a math brain out there- if you were shortening a side stand, how much overall length decrease would you shoot for to obtain approximately the original lean as was delivered to me by the factory?
Read message 7 of this thread- he went 3/4" shorter. Thoughts?
Thanks in advance!