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I'm looking at installing the Soupy's lowering links on my '09 and am wondering who has done this. My reason is I don't want to give up the centre stand and I understand if the bike is lowered too much the centre stand becomes very difficult or even impossible to use. Could I lower the bike 1 inch and still use the stand? Just curious about other's experience with this. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Mike

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Mine is lowered ever so slightly. I just roll the back tire on a board if I want to use the center stand. Keep meaning to make a small 2x4 wedge to carry on the bike for remote use.
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Wes, I used the soupyís links to lower my 2014 1/2Ē in the back & slid the fork tubes up the same amount in the front, all with zero ill affects, my center and side stand work just like oe, no problem...

I do wonder though if there is some variances on the results as some have expressed some difficulty using the center stand or had to use a shorter side stand,, I had none of that, but the results may vary bike-bike, maybe.

Also had zero issues with clearance in cornering,Iíve really tried to get things to touch down but havenít been able to do it as yet,,, even scrubbing the tires all the way to the edges hasnít touched anything down.
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Wes, you didn't mention what year you have... Gen3+ have a slightly shorter centerstand, but lowering the bike an inch will likely mean you'll need to put wood under your back wheel and shorten the side stand (or get an adjustable one).
To avoid lowering it so much, try lowering the seat (or get a Corbin and put a layer of foam in it for comfort), narrowing the seat at the front, raising the forks in the triple tree slightly (it will handle a little quicker), and getting riding boots or tactical boots with thicker soles.

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I'm looking at installing the Soupy's lowering links on my '09 and am wondering who has done this. My reason is I don't want to give up the centre stand and I understand if the bike is lowered too much the centre stand becomes very difficult or even impossible to use. Could I lower the bike 1 inch and still use the stand? Just curious about other's experience with this. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Mike
It's a 2009, thanks for the input here folks. I only need a half to one inch in the rear to get it where I want it. I guess I'll just go for it and see where it ends up.

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Wes, you didn't mention what year you have... Gen3+ have a slightly shorter centerstand, but lowering the bike an inch will likely mean you'll need to put wood under your back wheel and shorten the side stand (or get an adjustable one).
To avoid lowering it so much, try lowering the seat (or get a Corbin and put a layer of foam in it for comfort), narrowing the seat at the front, raising the forks in the triple tree slightly (it will handle a little quicker), and getting riding boots or tactical boots with thicker soles.
Any recommendations on how to add said layer of foam?

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Hi Mike. I have a 2019 FJR and fitted lowering links which dropped it 35mm had to lower the front forks by 15mm to keep the geometry of the bike right but unfortunately could not use center stand so what I got was an adjustable center stand from T Rex Racing have it set at lowest position and works perfect. Regards Eddie

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Hi Mike. I have a 2019 FJR and fitted lowering links which dropped it 35mm had to lower the front forks by 15mm to keep the geometry of the bike right but unfortunately could not use center stand so what I got was an adjustable center stand from T Rex Racing have it set at lowest position and works perfect. Regards Eddie

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Trex and Soupys have an adjustable SIDE stand, not seeing a centerstand ??
I have soupys links and could not lower mine more than 1/2" before the centerstand became really tough to use.

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Any recommendations on how to add said layer of foam?
Same as I've done on other seats...... remove the cover (Corbins are rivetted on), get yourself a piece of medium density foam at your local upholstery shop, spray adhesive to hold it in place, trim first to rough size (leave a little extra margin), test fit, glue it, shape the edges with your angle grinder, warm up the cover in sunshine or oven, have a helper hold it while you put some staples in the front and rear, pull/stretch it on, couple more staples here and there, then rivet it back on... you may need to make some new holes here and there. Have not tried staples only on a Corbin, but you'll need an air stapler.

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