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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-27-2013, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question cheap way to lower the vulcan?

so i was watchin my wife ride today while following her. i noticed the bike is a bit on the tall side for her. so im lookin for a CHEAP way to lower the bike down. not really sure what way to go on this one, as everything ive found is... well... not cheap lol. if anyone has any ideas, im all ears (obviously, i mean eyes, not ears lol) couldnt resist that one!

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I just sit on mine and it drops a couple inches.

Only options are to find a pair of lowered shocks or make struts. You'll want a spring seat if making a hard tail. I guess you could fashion a bracket to lower stock shock.

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I made this brackets. Got the idea from another member (BMAN). And I slid the forks up about 2 in. The seat is about 26 in. high.



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Cheapest way I know is to just lower the seat. Pull the cover off, grab an electric knife and carve off a few inches, narrowing the sides as much you can. Recover the seat with black vinyl from a fabric store (you'll only need less than a yard -about 10 bucks) and add two fifty for the staples to put it back on, (if you own a staple gun)

The next cheapest is to build some shorter struts to replace the stock shocks (which are 12.5 inches eye to eye)

Or, keep feeding her doughnuts untill she gets heavy enough to compress the stock suspension.

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I would think what niterider did would be hard to beat, that would keep the bike lower even without extra weight, makin it easier to get on & off... Of course you could go the extra mile and do the seat also, like KM said...
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lookin for a CHEAP way to lower the bike down.
Just let some air out of the tires, lol
I'd try a seat mod with some gel pads, it will be more comfortable in the long run too.

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I made this brackets. Got the idea from another member (BMAN). And I slid the forks up about 2 in. The seat is about 26 in. high.


X2 that what i did lowered the front to,watch the kick stand might close if u lower bike too much,had it happen
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Niterider has the plan. Stock ride, good handling. I ran a set on a Z-1 and a CB750 for yrs. The farther back you move the lower mount the lower the bike.
Or you could lengthen the swing arm like i did, just a little more work. I moved it back 3" and took some out of the set as well. This is my daughter 5'3", the sets 26" without any weight on it. Good luck.

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find a cheap set of suzuki savage 650(or s40)shocks and a two piece sportster seat.a few on ebay now

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Yea used set of progressive shocks, and new bushings is the way i went. I feel like changing the angle of the suspension will change the ride (besides height) Just a feeling, no actual proof on this.

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