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  1. #1
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    How to Lower your front end FREE!...with pics.

    1st. break the allen head bolts loose ,there are four of them.The 2 top are 6 mm and the 2 at the bottom are 8 mm.(See pics #1-#2)
    just break them loose.
    2nd Support your bike on a jack....by jacking it up to the current height.(youll need at least 1 1/2 inches.
    3rd loosen the bolts until they are finger tight.
    4th Grab the shock by your hand ,and give it a slight twist in the up direction,until you get to your desired point.May help to lower your jack at this point and put slight pressure on your tire.But do not remove your jack or you could drop your front end hard.(See pic #3)
    5th Be sure your shocks are in line as they were,and tighten up the 4 bolts ,and your done.
    This I would rate a .5 out of 5 wrenches difficulty.
    Allow 10-15 minutes to complete.
    CS

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  3. #2
    Clunked into first gear
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    Looks great. I though to lower the front you would have to compromise the amount of travel in the springs. Nice job.

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    Awesome...not to sound too lame, but is the back at stock height or is it dropped? I can't tell by looking at the pic... hope your finger is okay!

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    makes sense...that's how you adjust inverted forks on a dirt bike...

    Another thing you could do is make a light scribe on the metal as a reference in case you want to do some experimenting or want to know where the stock height was after you lower.
    Last edited by SUREFIRE; 05-21-2009 at 04:40 PM.

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    Ditch Magnet
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    although with the way you ride the heck out of your bike, you might want to LIFT it up!

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    I was dragging the pipe quite often today...at this rate ,there wont be much left to scrape....They both used to be rounded at the tips.The frame near the filter is 4 1/4 inches from the ground ,at its lowest point.

  11. #9
    Clunked into first gear
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    Ok tell me why you want to keep LOWERING your bike? The M50 is not a V-Strom that you need to have a 33" inseam just to touch the ground when you stand over it. You say you a scraping metal when you corner the bike. Continuing to LOWER the bike just does not make sense to me. But it is your bike and you can do what you want to it. As a side note with those pipes I am glad I do not live next to you!!!!

    Just my 2 cents

    Roger L

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    I too am glad you do not live next to me.Plenty of old ladies here already.
    CS

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    LOL!!

    OK, that nearly had me spit coffee.

    Very cool write up, thanks.

    I loved the rating (.5 wrenches...awesome stuff).

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    Can I expect to see pics of you scraping the radiator soon ??

    Looks good

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    Nice job on the write up. Why did you lower the bike though? Was it for looks, performace or something else. Just wondering.
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    Thanks all,I appreciate your kindness!
    4 or 5 more drive by grindings today....won't be long before it wont touch anymore.
    CS

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    Lowered just for looks...Lowering the bike slows you down.
    That's what I need! Forced to help me slow down.
    Either way something is going to grind...Higher up = more lean ,and faster through the turns....Lower forces me to slow down.(Anyone buying that?)
    It takes away from the lean angles.
    lol
    CS

    Quote Originally Posted by dmsween View Post
    Nice job on the write up. Why did you lower the bike though? Was it for looks, performace or something else. Just wondering.


 
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