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954: How much r u lowering the front end?

Just curious as to how much you guys are lowering the top triple clamps down the fork tubes, if any. I've always lowered the front end of my previous bikes to help turn-in and so I was wondering if that is something 954 owners are doing as well. Thanks for the input.
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

I haven't lowered my front at all. When getting the bike's suspension set up my rear ride height increased a bit. Made a world of a difference.

Maybe get your suspension sorted out first if you already haven't.
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

If you've still got the stock suspenders DO NOT lower the front end, especially if you weigh over 150 lbs. The fork springs are .7 progressive and about 1/2 their travel is used up just sitting on the bike, so you have very little trail as is. Ground clearance will be adversely affected also, you could drag the alternator cover. It's best to get springs(at least) for your weight and raise the rear IF you still want it to turn quicker. Do a search on suspension and you find lots of info!
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

I have my front lowered 1.75" but I weigh under 150
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

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but I weigh under 150
Since when?
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

You should make the top of the forks flush w/ the tripple. Then raise the rear some. This is after you have gotten your forks 'done' and have a real shock. Keep in mind what size and brand tires you run also. Profile will affect clearance and handling.

I just had my second lowside due to clearance issues by changing tires. This one at a buck twenty-five. Dunlop UK vs new US front. Us front is slightly smaller. ...that's a hole another topic.

Take the time to fully learn and understand what changes you make will do to the bike's handling. Suspension can be tuff....theory is one thing...really learning how to tune for different conditions and making the bike 'hook up' is another!
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

Trail can be very important for "feel". I'd really hesitate on giving that up for quicker steering, especially when the CBR's turn pretty fast in the first place.

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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

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I have my front lowered 1.75" but I weigh under 150
Lowere it 1.75" and it dosent hit the radiator

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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

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Lowered the front by 1.75 inches
Can't be right. you'd be off the 50mm dia part of the fork surely?

That seems way to much to me. After I fitted 0.9 springs in my 954 I raised the forks through the yokes by 13mm (0.5 inch) and had trouble with the forks interfering with the steering damper mount. Went back down to 10mm but put a 3mm shim under the shock mount. Seems pretty good to me.

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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

When i had my suspension done, he lowered the front by approx 5 mm

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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

Mine is lowered 10mm at the front with 0.90kg/mm fork springs ~30mm sag (front and rear), turns in really well and holds a line nicely, Is a bit nervous accellerating on bumpy ground and also hunts a little in a strait line although but the more agressively you ride it, the less you notice this! Will get a steering damper one day, but will probalbly get an Ohlins shock first!

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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

I'll post a pic tonight when I get home.
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end?

Everyone lowering their front will be sorry once they are going fastest to get some real lean angle.....Lowsides are in your future. What you guys should really be doing is raising the rear which will effectively increase turn-in. Just trying to prevent someone from going down!
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Re: 954: How much r u lowering the front end? Thanks

Thanks guys/gals, lots of good input. I'll keep everything flush at this time. I 'm running the stock springs and shock. I'm in the process of dialing in the suspension and things are looking up. Thank again, Todd
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