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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-27-2016, 11:39 AM
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I bought a 16 FJR knowing it was high for my 5'6 height. Dealer said suspension would sink with time, however dropped it day 2 and could not get over my fear from standing on my tip toes. I ordered s kit from Lowering Links. It lowered it an inch and I took the seat to a specialist for $50.00 and he shaved about 1/2 an inch from the bottom foam. It made all the difference in the world. All in was about $175 bucks and I love it! Hope this helps.
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I will second the vote of Deputy Dawg here, for taller treads and heels on your riding footwear. Aggressive treads (waffle-stompers) underfoot will bring the ground up closer when you pause a ride, and off the bike, you will be walking taller, which ain't bad, either.

You can lower the front end with wrenches only, just slide the fork tubes up maybe half an inch (~1cm) in the clamps. I use KoubaLinks, to lower the rear. Unless you are usually grinding off hardware in your turns now, you probably won't notice that the lean angle available will be less than stock.

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When I bought my bike used it came with a Yamaha Comfort seat. That seat is seriously wide in the front. Too wide. I am 5/9 and could only tippy toe when sitting on it. When I had Laam make me a new seat he verified the common complaint of the seat being too wide in the front. Instead of shaving height off he prefers to narrow it near the tank to allow better foot placement.
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I installed Soupy's lowering links on my Gen 1 and also went for thicker soled boots. I lowered the bike 1" and would not recommend more, having once scrapped crossing a tall speed bump. I have yet to lower the front but the bike still rides and handles well, even loaded down for a week of camping. I should add that I'm 5'6" and weigh just 122lbs., so my weight does not impact the suspension the same way a larger rider might. Bottom line, I'm happy and the install was simple. I also installed Soupy's adjustable side stand. I would have considered the lower Corbin seat, but that "lower" version is not Gen1 compatable.
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Just to steal this thread, does anyone else have badly damaged headers on the bottom? Mine were dented when I got it, and I did more damage going over, what I thought, was a very small curb. Doesn't seem to hamper performance, at least at the throttle openings, and RPM's that I run, but I'm pretty sure a dyno run would show some loss of high end horsepower.

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Just lowered my 2015 1300A about an inch with Soupy's links. Had used them on my 04 and was very happy! Can't say that about the new links, seems they cheaped out on the bolts they provided!

The one inch make a world of difference to me and I'm going to send my seat to Spencer to have it lowered a little!
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Thanks to all who replied. Today, I removed the plastic bracket under the seat which dropped the seat 1/2-5/8 inch. I had 3/4 inch taken out of the stock seat at a local upholsterer. I can now get all of both feet except my heel on the ground when setting on the bike in my normal ridding position. I noticed also that my icon ridding boots are very thin soled and have no heel. Tomorrow I am going to take them to a local shoe store and have thick soles and a heel put on them. I believe then, I will be able to get both feet solidly on the ground while sitting on the bike. I will keep you posted on the end results. Thanks again for all the suggestions.
Hi Deputy,
I thought I saw a write up somewhere on how to lower the seat, but I cannot find it any longer.
(I'd be grateful for any more info you could share)
The other day I popped the rubber bumpers off the front seat pan on my Gen 1 and of course the next thing
that made contact was part of the plastic seat pan.Even though the bumpers were about 5/8 tall,
the seat pan made contact long before I got to use up the 5/8 inches.
ALSO, I'm concerned about the front tang hitting that electrical connector underneath it that's headed
under the tank. (what the heck is that?) Didja notice where your front tang ended up?
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KoubaLink Works great. Have been 10K miles with no ill effects. Quality part that is easy to install. I have them use them and like them recommend them.
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....but I have assisted several other folks install them on their bikes.
Have my Soupy's links in hand, question for those who have installed these. Instructions call for red thread locker, thats the permanent stuff that requires heat gun or torch to release. Seems like it puts a damper on dialing in your preference.

What did you guys do? Blue, Red, None, Other?

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Have my Soupy's links in hand, question for those who have installed these. Instructions call for red thread locker, thats the permanent stuff that requires heat gun or torch to release. Seems like it puts a damper on dialing in your preference.

What did you guys do? Blue, Red, None, Other?

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First one we used blue thinking it would be easily adjustable. Not. After that we used none, just the jam nuts until the rider was convinced he/she was happy then applied red.

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