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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-26-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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lowering??

It seems as though some shorter shocks are the easiest way to go about lowering the scoot. What is the best way to go and how easy is it to do. Also.. does the front need to be lowered as well and what is the process there??

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To maintain the same steering geometry, the front should be lowered along with the rear.

Two ways to do this. The zero dollar option is just to raise the fork tubes the needed amount in the fork clamps.

The cost more option is to buy a front end spring kit from Progressive that lowers the front end.

My choice would be to go for the springs. You can get them for under 100 bucks and they will help out the front end.

To be honest, even if you are not lowering the bike, replacing the stock fork springs with Progressive (non lowering) front springs is a great improvement in the bikes suspension.

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I did on my vulcan..... bought the progressive shocks and fork springs. Make sure you get the HD shocks thou...
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replacing the rear shocks looks really simple.. how hard is the front spring replacement

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Not very hard, you can easely remove ths caps from the forkes and you will see a clip that holds it together.
You need to get the front wheel off the ground or it is very hard to do.
There is directions for fork seal replacement, that will give you half of what you need.

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I purchased a set of Progressive 412's to drop the rear and raised the forks to drop the front.

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how do you raise the forks??

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how do you raise the forks??
I be if you look at how the forks are attached to the bike...you can figure that out yourself.....

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I lowered mine with the 11" Progressive rears. Piece of cake. Lowers about 1.5 inches.
I have to find some time to do the front fork springs.
It is a good idea to do both for balance, but have been riding mine for quite a few miles and it handles awesome.
BTW, I have an extra pair of 412 series rears with maybe a few hundred miles on them I took off of my leggy sons bike.
I could let them go for $100.
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Actually with the Vulcan's stock geometry, you can get away with lowering the rear only, you may notice the steering gets a little heavier, and the front end tends to fall into turns. Many bikes have more rake than the Vulcan, and by lowering the rear just a little, all you are doing is increasing the rake slightly. The trail will remain almost unchanged. The bike will actually be a little more stable going straight. Just don't do the opposite, and lower the front only. That will decrease the rake, and drastically alter the trail, resulting in a bike that is unstable at all speeds.

Another thing to remember is ground clearance. The stock Vulcan already doesn't have very much (I drag the pegs on a regular basis) and if you lower it you may not have enough cornering clearance.

Lowering a bike is not one of those "definitely don't do" things, but I would put some thought into it.

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