Bringing down the front on a /5. How to?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by odbuffalo, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    Another question on setting up the front end.

    Not my bike but I really like how it sits, front end way down. Is the only way to achieve this by installing shorter springs or is there another way?

    If so, does anyone have a good source for lower springs?

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  2. notarex

    notarex Can U taste the waste?

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    The worst thing you can do to an airheads handling is lower the front end. Trust me- there's a reason why if you ever see pics of racing airheads the rider is farther back than normal and steering with the arse end. Don't put heavier oil in either- it just makes things worse. Airhead forks are fickle things that are barely tolerable when stock and set up correctly, they can only get worse when you mess with the system. If you want to pose, fine... but don't expect anything resembling safe handling. If I seem harsh it's only because I've been there, done dat. Nose down airhead = bad idea
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  3. zenben

    zenben all roads are one

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    Actually, you can ditch the steel top plate for a billet piece, and then drop the front up to a couple inches without adversely affecting handling.
    Probably the only real value in a billet top triple...
    Mind that you don't bottom out on the fender. Stiffer springs, or pre-load spacers might be in order.
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  4. kixtand

    kixtand Long timer

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    I'll agree that you don't want to be dropping the front end too much, but I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with the rest of you conjecture regarding the suspension. Whilst the stock system is not stellar, it can be made to perform quite nicely with the proper mods; the key is knowing what the proper mods are :evil .
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