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post #1 of 16 Old 04-06-2007, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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How low can you go??? Vortex Lowering Links

I want to lower my stock 05 Wee as much as is safe and doable(the two are not always the same, yes?) I'm 5'9" and the more firmly my feet are planted on the ground, the better I feel. My local dealership has Vortex Lowering Links that claim either 2" or 4" lowering. So far, I have only read of people lowering the bike up to 3/4" or so. Can you actually go 2"-4"?

If so, what other things must be adjusted to compensate and keep the bike safe and shiny side up?

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i am 5,9 and can plant both feet flat on the ground,im used too tip towing it on my honda xrl,i would like too raise my bike a bit not lower it,just curious why do you need to make it low

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I think 2" or more would be a huge problem as far as suspension travel and steering angles were concerned.
I'm 5'9" as well and have no problems at all riding a Wee but I guess it's just a confidence thing. If you do want to lower the bike I suggest the 3/4" that most people use would be the safest, then get a lower seat if you need more. If that combination is not enough then I think you should seriously consider whether the Wee is the correct bike for you.
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I suppose to some degree it's a confidence thing. I dropped the bike in a situation that might've been avoided with a little lower gravity...then again, I could be fooling myself and it was just one of those things.

Pardon my newbie-ness, but when people say lowering by 3/4", do they mean raising the front forks in addition to installing lowering links in the rear?

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Unpleasant things happen when the tire crashes into the fender. Kouba links lower the back 1 1/8" and they allow contact on really big bumps.

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Pardon my newbie-ness, but when people say lowering by 3/4", do they mean raising the front forks in addition to installing lowering links in the rear?
Yes if you lower the back you also need to lower the front to keep the geometry correct.
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I also think that if you lowered it 4" the sidestand would make it lean the wrong way!

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I lowered the front 3/4" and the rear by 1". I like it lowered for my easy commute, but I am thinking of going back to stock height for a trip in May. Besides my time being wasted is there anything wrong with me spending the time to install the original links?

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Have Koubalinks on the Wee and the forks raised up about 22 mm. Feels more comfortable height wise and the center of gravity is a little lower too. Happy I made the changes.

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I'm 5'8" and can't stand flat footed on it but don't think i'll need to lower it. I have yet to pack it down with a hundred pounds of camping gear and other crap well see, but compared to my last bike a honda vtx 1800 this thing feels like a moped. I wouldn't think you would need more then 3/4 to an 1 inch of lowering.

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