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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-15-2019, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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will these fit my 2018A

https://soupysperformance.com/soupys...ing-links.html

they say second Gen, but also says they fit 2006-2019

I have to do something about the height of this bike. Had it a year now, and just not comfortable with the height at stops lights/signs, parking lots etc. Already dropped it once turning around in a gravel parking lot. I'm 5'6"with a 28" inseam on a good day. Would feel a lot more comfortable with it 1 inch lower. Already have the seat in low position, forks dropped approx 1/2" and wearing waffle stomper boots....(and still tippy toed). If I could get the balls of both feet down I would feel much safer.
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Narrow the seat for a start, then you can shave the foam to get it a bit lower.
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Thought about shaving the seat, but I also have 2 bad knees and don't want to increase the angle of bend any more than they already are

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Yes, the lowering links will fit. Look into the adjustable side stand as well.

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I'm a little taller than you are but I wanted to go with an RDL for touring which made the height of the bike uncomfortable for me. Echoing Russ, Soupy's links will fit and do work very well. I chose to grind my side stand a bit so it swings a bit further forward. If you have the $'s for the adjustable side stand as well, that would be the way to go. I'm just not sure how the side stand switch integrates with it. I bought a spare side stand off ebay for $25 if I ever want to go back to stock.
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Thought about shaving the seat, but I also have 2 bad knees and don't want to increase the angle of bend any more than they already are
The solution for my bad knees were canyon cages and hiway pegs. Makes a big difference.

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Ferret, I used the soupy’s links to lower my bike 1/2” to compensate for my 30” (short) inseam, I also removed the plastic tray under the seat (Laam)to lower that bit more as well. No issues at all, big c’s Grinding the sidestand to swing further forward is a good solution but quite frankly mine at 1/2” lower works fine w/o any issues. I can now sit fully flat footed at a light, much better !

I also have a repaired knee that needs to stretch out and relief was found through garauld’s excellent highway pegs, i’ll add that the edge of the fairing does get in the way but they do work. You may ask Gary if he could make the peg extensions a bit longer to move the pegs out a bit to avoid the fairing. Hope this helps, let us know what you end up with.
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Not a big fan of highway pegs, they are always too high and too far forward for me. If I had pegs about 4" forward of the stock pegs and a bit lower I would like that lol

Few more questions about these lowering links.

Do they change the leverage ratio for the rear shock? ie: is it going to make the rear shock seem stiffer or softer? Will I need to alter the settings I currently have to compensate for anything?

Would I want to make sure I lower the front an equal amount as the back is lowered? OR is a little less in the front OK since I don't think I can get more than 1/2" lower in the front without going to bar risers?

I am not an aggressive rider so not worried about clearance issues, and don't plan on lowering it more than 3/4" in the rear. Just need to get a little more boot on the ground for my personal confidence in certain situations.

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also if you wanted to lower the rear say 3/4" would you just measure and make the adjustable links 3/4" shorter than the stock links eye to eye?

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I have some answers for you. I have both the soupys links and the adjustable sidestand. The switch operates flawlessly with the sidestand. The adjustable foot does not actually move that much, and i cannot get it to sit flat. Keep an eye on the two foot bolts as they like to come loose. I just today loctited them (blue 242) so we will see how that goes. The dogbones do not adjust in a 1 to 1 ratio. I just kept on measuring seat height to the ground as i moved the links equal turns to get the difference i want. Measure standard bone length and seat height before you start. I did this with the bike in a wheel chock so it wasnt on either stand. Without one, I guess youll need a patient couple of buddies to hold it up.
I ended up lowering the rear an inch with no discernable difference in shock feel on the road. I also left the forks at full extension which should affect geometry i guess, but again, i felt no difference.
I fitted Murphs peg lowering kit today but have not ridden yet. I can tell you that the heel of a large left boot will hit the rather long tang of the adjustable sidestand with murphs kit. My size 11 barely misses it.
Happy to answer any questions if i can.
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