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Links move the rear of the bike. The added clearance tapers off as you go forward.
 

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...and I knew that.......

Ok, new (hopefully better question)....approximately how much difference in peg height will I see then?
 

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The pegs are closer to the rear wheel. It looks like the pegs will raise about 2/3 of what the links are rated for.
 

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Discussion Starter #25 (Edited)
New style raising and lowering links

We are transitioning to a new style of economy link.

They are similar to the ~$80 Kouba links, but stronger and at our usual "less than 1/2 the price."

Remember the story about the million dollar pen that writes in zero gravity and the pencil?

We solved the problem of the limitation imposed by the stock bolt length. Links made of 6061-T6 need to be 3/8" thick to be equal in strength to the stock links. Others have machined a relief into the links to reduce the thickness at the bolt head to 6 mm (a little less than 1/4"). Their design allows use of the stock bolts, but means the strength in this area is less than stock.

We just supply longer Grade 8 bolts with the links. Simple, better, cheaper.
 

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Hey Rick, i have a friend who needs to lower his 08 vstrom 650. I found him a set of used 3/4 lowering links but they are not enough, he's looking for at least another .5 lower if not more.

I noticed that you don't offer more then 7/8" if I am looking at the website correctly? Any reason why? Other brands offer up to 3" (i'd like to buy from you)
 

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Any more than 21mm in front and 28mm in back on a 2005 Wee can allow the fork legs to crash into the lower triple clamp or the rear tire to crash into the fender. If lower is needed, the fork and shock travel need to be limited somehow.


 

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Yikes! His bike is an 08, I take it that's the same?

28mm = 1.1"

"148 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 7/8 inch"

so that would still leave a bit more room to be lowered further?
 

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The back limit is the same on all Wees. ABS Wees with fork braces have a 10mm limit in front due to the brake plumbing under the lower triple clamp, 7mm if the brace is a Superbrace. The maximum safe rear lowering is 1 and 1/8".

Also, aerodynamics are best if the front is 10-15mm lower than the rear stock positions. Otherwise, high speeds cause front end lightening. Lowering the seat without lowering the bike may be a better way to go.
 

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Discussion Starter #30 (Edited)
Greywolf nailed the reason why I limit the range of lowering links. I have had shops call me on behalf of customers wanting extreme lowering, but turned them down because of the possibility of damage to the bike and a less than desirable riding condition.

I can add 1.125" lowering links to our selection and will do so in the next few days.
 

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The 1-1/8" Kouba link affords maximum safe rear lowering.
Yes but i'd rather support Rick... That's why I posted under AdventureTech :)

Lowering the seat without lowering the bike may be a better way to go.
Unfortunately he went the opposite way. The stock height was fine for him, then he went and bought a $500 seat that sits about an inch higher and now he's on his tippy toes.

I can add 1.125" lowering links to our selection and will do so in the next few days.
Thanks Rick!

I've seen that before and also looked into the adjustable ones. Which is why I posted on here hoping you'd say you would make the 1.125" ones LOL :) Thanks Rick!
 

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Is your bike too low, too high, or are you planning on carrying significant loads and need to raise the bike? If so, this may be your solution.

These links replace the stock linkage arms. The stock linkage arms measure 140 mm center to center. By increasing the length of the arm the back end and seat is lowered. By decreasing the length the back end and seat is raised.

We offer raising and lowering links in both 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 aluminum. Our 6061-T6 aluminum links are 3/8" thick and come with new 10 mm longer grade 8 bolts and washers. Our 7075-T6 and stainless steel links use the stock mounting hardware. Both are stronger than stock and come in a wide range of lengths to lower or raise you bike right where you want it.

They are equally strong and both stronger than the stock links. Some people just have preference so we offer both.


Raising Links for the Wee, Glee, and Vee1

134 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 5/8 inches

133 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 3/4 inches

132 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 7/8 inches

131 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 1 inch

130 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 1 and 1/8 inch

Lowering Links

145 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 1/2 inch

146 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 5/8 inch

147 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 3/4 inch

148 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 7/8 inch

150 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 1 and 1/8 inch


We will endeavor to keep most these in stock ready to go.

The links can be ordered on our webiste Raising and Lowering Links - AdventureTech, LLC.

We have rasing and lowering linkage plates for the Vee2 as well. http://www.adventuretech.biz/gen-2-dl1000.html
 

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I was wondering if anyone would like to get rid of their stock likages.

I bought a used V Strom this summer and was mildly surprised at how easy it was for me and my 30inch inseam to get feet on the ground.
And other than the rear wheel hitting the top of the fender on a few G-outs in the road I never thought much more about it.

Then this week I ordered and installed a centerstand ... And even my son and I together couldn't get it up on the stand.
That's when I realized my bike might have been lowered and came here searching for info.
After reading a bunch on this thread I went out and measured my link ...155 mm.
Read some more and remeasured again and again and yup, it's 155 centre to centre, so probably about a a inch and a half lowered.
I would like to go back to stock and give that a try .

So, long story short ... Would anyone like to get rid of their stock linkages.
 

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Response sent by email.

I suggest our 145 lowering links. They will lower the bike a 1/2" at the rear wheel.

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Is your bike too low, too high, or are you planning on carrying significant loads and need to raise the bike? If so, this may be your solution.

These links replace the stock linkage arms. The stock linkage arms measure 140 mm center to center. By increasing the length of the arm the back end and seat is lowered. By decreasing the length the back end and seat is raised.

We offer raising and lowering links in both 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 aluminum. Our 6061-T6 aluminum links are 3/8" thick and come with new 10 mm longer grade 8 bolts and washers. Our 7075-T6 and stainless steel links use the stock mounting hardware. Both are stronger than stock and come in a wide range of lengths to lower or raise you bike right where you want it.

They are equally strong and both stronger than the stock links. Some people just have preference so we offer both.


Raising Links for the Wee, Glee, and Vee1

134 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 5/8 inches

133 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 3/4 inches

132 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 7/8 inches

131 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 1 inch

130 mm linkage set - raises rear of bike by 1 and 1/8 inch

Lowering Links

145 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 1/2 inch

146 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 5/8 inch

147 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 3/4 inch

148 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 7/8 inch

150 mm linkage set - lowers rear of bike by 1 and 1/8 inch


We will endeavor to keep most these in stock ready to go.

The links can be ordered on our webiste Raising and Lowering Links - AdventureTech, LLC.

We have rasing and lowering linkage plates for the Vee2 as well. Gen 2 DL1000 - AdventureTech, LLC.
 

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Hey Rick,
You might like this; I took my stock Yamaha RSTD links along with a pair of 3/4" lowering links (don't know the manufacturer) and gave them to a friend of mine where I worked and had him check the hardness on them. These are the results. The darker ones are from my RSTD.
Both are soft! but equally soft:wink2:

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