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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-27-2011, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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lowering rear air shocks

New vulcan750 owner. I think it would be a little more comfortable if I could lower the rear air shocks but I dont know how. At the top of the shocks there is a dial with what looks like an air valve. I dont want to mess this up and be kicking myself! I am only 5ft 3in. Neither hubby nor I know how to do this so we need info please. Thanks!
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Neither one of those really 'lower' the bike...... They are for adjusting the shocks "stiffness," lets say.
There are ways to lower the bike...some better than others. Probably best to do a search on the forums.
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i put on 11" progressive shocks, dropped the bike nearly 2" in the rear. there are some lowering brackets you can buy that uses the stock shocks that do the same.





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i put on 11" progressive shocks, dropped the bike nearly 2" in the rear. there are some lowering brackets you can buy that uses the stock shocks that do the same.
I have no personal experience, but several members have recommended changing out the shocks for better ones. The 11" progressives may be the way to go if you are "inseam challenged". Get a better ride too.

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So glad I asked before "screwing it up". Thanks!
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Some guys here use the shock off of the sportster. Not sure of the year or length of the shock. Do a search and I am sure you will find all the info that you need.

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Since you are 5' 3", I assume you may be a lightweight too.
If you and your load weigh 150 lb or less, set the damper adjustment dial to the softest setting - #1, until you replace the OEM shocks. At that weight, standard atmospheric air pressure in the shocks is fine for preload. Otherwise pressure the shocks up to 10% of the weight of the usual load.

A zero loss shock pump and gauge is best.
DO NOT USE A HIGH PRESSURE COMPESSOR AT THE GARAGE. The capacity is very small and you will blow the shocks.

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i use a bicycle pump to put air in mine.
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How is the ride with the 11" shocks? Does it bottom out munch?
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the 11" progressive shocks don't bottom out at all, you can adjust stiffness to your liking. i think mine are on the 2nd setting because of speed bumps in my neighbor hood.





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