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post #1 of 26 Old 03-20-2009, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering link installation rear stand warning

I hestitate to post this due to my pride, but I want to save some other rookie from making the mistake I made while installing lowering links on my DL650. I do not have a center stand, so I used my Pit Bull rear spool stand instead. BIG MISTAKE!!

The bolts holding the links in place were under pressure, so I used a small floor jack to relieve it under the links. When the second pin slid out, down came the bike and fast. Not even a chance to attempt to balance the bike.

Anyway, now I need the usual OEM parts associated with a right hand drop. Brake lever, turn signal, and hand guard. The passenger rt foot peg saved my exhaust. The mfg will soon add a comment similar to this in the instructions.

DO NOT USE A PIT BULL REAR STAND OR ANY STYLE REAR STAND TO INSTALL THE LOWERING LINKS.

Ok, I'm braced for your comments. Be nice.

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DO NOT USE A PIT BULL REAR STAND OR ANY STYLE REAR STAND TO INSTALL THE LOWERING LINKS.

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I won't beat you up. I'll just clarify, for those who don't know, that you really need to raise the rear in such a way that the swingarm is free to be moved up and down.

I've dropped mine in a couple stupid ways too.

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One of the reasons why these bikes shouldn't be lowered........how was that for a comment? Get a centerstand......just makes these bikes even more versatile.

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I hestitate to post this due to my pride, but I want to save some other rookie from making the mistake I made while installing lowering links on my DL650. I do not have a center stand, so I used my Pit Bull rear spool stand instead. BIG MISTAKE!!

The bolts holding the links in place were under pressure, so I used a small floor jack to relieve it under the links. When the second pin slid out, down came the bike and fast. Not even a chance to attempt to balance the bike.

Anyway, now I need the usual OEM parts associated with a right hand drop. Brake lever, turn signal, and hand guard. The passenger rt foot peg saved my exhaust. The mfg will soon add a comment similar to this in the instructions.

DO NOT USE A PIT BULL REAR STAND OR ANY STYLE REAR STAND TO INSTALL THE LOWERING LINKS.

Ok, I'm braced for your comments. Be nice.
Don't feel bad. You're not alone. I had to lower two bikes and used a rear jack stand. Just like you, the bike came tumbling down...on me.

I thought I understood what happened the first time, so I did something a little differently on the second. Well, it came tumbling down also.

Clearly, doing the lowering on a jackstand is a bad idea. What's the right way?

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Before I had a centre stand (makes life so much easier), I would place jack stands under the passenger footpegs to hold the bike up to service the rear suspension.

Sorry to hear you pranged up your bike and your pride.

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Proper steering geometry?

Now I'm really glad I have my center stand installed!

I will be adding 1" lowering links to my 02 DL1000. I'm not too worried about the side stand as it works fine even with a 1" block placed under it.

My question is, how far I should raise the fork tubes in order to maintain proper steering geometry. Should I go 1" front to 1" rear? Is there a better formula?? Opinions?

I'm 5'8" with 30" inseam and Corbin seat.

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A keen sense of the obvious: If you're gonna do your own maint, a center stand is essential.

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From reading here and other places, don't lower your front more than 3/4". Or you may have problems with hitting the fender on fork compression. That's what I dropped mine.
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Can someone explain ~why~ the bike topples over after the link is removed when the bike is on a rear jackstand? I'd like to understand the physics better.

We changed one while the bike was on the side stand. Although it didn't topple over, the process was a colossal PITA...
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The swing arm is connected to the pivot and the links. Take off the links and the tire slams into the fender. It's like ripping the shocks off a dual shock bike. I don't even see how you managed it. When there is no more space for the body to go down, the energy of motion has to go somewhere. While it may go into tire deformation and just bounce a few times, it usually develops a sideways component and knocks the bike over. It's akin to locking up a front brake and having the tire go to one side and drop the bike.

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