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Merry Christmas! New member here from the Frozen North. For my 60th birthday I recently gifted myself a low mileage 2007 FJR-AE model. Reading your forum posts, I am compiling a list of off season modifications. I am also finding myself envious of our Southern brethren, who get to ride year-round.
At 5'8", with a 31" inseam, I'm "vertically challenged". When straddling the bike with the seat at it's lowest setting, my heals are 1" off the ground. My preference is to be flatfooted, so I am considering T-Rex adjustable trailing arm links, and kickstand. I know the "purists" cringe at the thought of modifying the suspension geometry, and the resulting reduction in lean angle. As I am no "Boy Racer", I don't expect it to be an issue for me.
I will also be ordering their engine, and luggage guards. Having dropped previous bikes, with little or no damage, thanks to well designed guards, I will not own a bike without them.
I will also be adding handlebar risers, and a complete set of Real Time reflective decals (panniers, tour pack, and fairing). As many of you have made similar modifications, I welcome your feedback, recommendations, and links to relevant threads. Especially regarding the handlebar risers. I hope to achieve a 1" rise, and 1" setback with the OEM bars, while avoiding altering the bar angle, and width. Any ideas?

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Welcome to FJR ownership, and the forum! That is a nice Christmas gift! Is your FJR that beautiful Black Cherry colour?

I have the T-Rex fairing and side-case guards - I haven't field tested them yet (and hope not to), but they seem very robustly built, and look as if they will serve as a good platform for driving lights and highway pegs.

If you're not committed to the lowering links, there are other options, including tweaking the seat to reduce the seat height - either re-contouring the stock seat to make it lower or narrower, or getting an aftermarket seat.

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Hey Boomer, just a quick reply about lowering the FJR with shorter links and adjustable kickstand. You probably have done your due diligence on that modification (several have) but in case you missed it, some ended up struggling to deploy the center stand because of the lowered set up. The typical cure is to simply roll the rear wheel up onto a piece of 2-by lumber before trying to put the bike up onto the center stand.

I added the full set of T-Rex crash bars as the first and only (thus far) modification.

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\When I went to the T-rex website, they showed the luggage guards attached to the INSIDE of the muffler bracket with what looks like a piece of angle iron, but the pictures of the luggage guards, not attached to the bike, show they would have to be attached to the OUTSIDE of the bracket {no angle iron on the end of the braces}. I am concerned because my trailer hitch attaches to the INSIDE of that bracket. What are yours like?

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Sliders or or cages, and bag guards, cost less than most of our insurance deductibles and take little time to install. Smart move. T-Rex sells great stuff.

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I have the T rex guards on my 07 and they are nice. I hate to add weight to the bike but it's a lot cheaper than the alternative when it goes down. I've heard you can modify the stock seat bracket to bring it down a bit in the rear. I am considering doing the same for some more ground reach.

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My recommendation is read and list as much as you want but don't pay money for things or make changes until you've done 1000 miles (or more) and actually know what it is that needs to be changed FOR YOU.
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My recommendation is read and list as much as you want but don't pay money for things or make changes until you've done 1000 miles (or more) and actually know what it is that needs to be changed FOR YOU.
I think something like cages are a valid modification before riding the bike much. I installed my cages before my title came in the mail on my bike. I definately prefer the look without them, but it's not worth it to drop it.
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Boomer, 5’10” , 30” inseam 240lb here, I had the same problem on my “fastest color” 2014 and just lived with it until I had a slow/easy drop at an off camber slick stop. I got a set of Soupy’s adjustable rear links and dropped the rear 1/2” and then slid the front forks up in the triple clamps the same,,,, much, much better with no negatives, I have yet to touch anything down despite my best efforts.

The side stand and the center stand both seem to work as oe with no issue for me. I also removed the plastic tray under the seat which dropped the seat another 1/4-5/16” which now allows me to sit flat footed even in sneakers. The only downside to that is that the rear corner of my Laam seat now touch’s the side cover top, I added a piece of the fuzzy Velcro where it touch’s to keep from wearing a hole in either the seat or side cover.

Being that you have an inch longer inseam you probably don’t need to do the seat thing. The lowering links I would say probably are enough and unless you can touch hard parts down now I doubt the 1/2” lower will not add to that. And as I said I still use the oe side stand and center stand with no noticeable negatives.

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Merry Christmas!
At 5'8", with a 31" inseam, I'm "vertically challenged". When straddling the bike with the seat at it's lowest setting, my heals are 1" off the ground. My preference is to be flatfooted, so I am considering T-Rex adjustable trailing arm links, and kickstand. I know the "purists" cringe at the thought of modifying the suspension geometry, and the resulting reduction in lean angle. As I am no "Boy Racer", I don't expect it to be an issue for me.
Thank You, and remember the reason for the season!
Boomer,

Merry Christmas!

Feet on the ground:

https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/1215889-post23.html

I lowered my FJR, and no problems here, except for being extra careful when going over (around) the speed bumps and drop-offs. The crankcase may hit concrete, there.

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