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VN700 lowering/solo

Started working on my girlfriends motorcycle. Currently she's on her toes when she holds it up. my goal is to lower it until she can flat foot it, and make it a semi-bobber/solo ride. I started some tear down today, ears, sissy-bar, rear foot pegs ( I see I will need to fab some replacement plates to support the exhaust)
When doing away with stock air intake set-up, is there anyway to remove the surge tank without removing the engine or cutting it?
I uncovered the seat to trim down the foam to a lower profile, as well as a little narrower, insert a gel pad, chop the rear seat off, and finally recover. Is there any good reason not to use leather?
Lowering; rear shocks-I see shorter, and plates to relocate the bottom of them further back. Looking it over and since I'm doing away with passenger capabilities, but not the shocks or rear fender. Why can't I just slice off the top shock mount and relocate it further up?
I'm going to mount a top case with a back pad on top the rear fender.
Tell me what you think, ideas, input, criticism. I appreciate any advice I can get
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....heya bama....what you been doin/thinkin so far is all good....if youre going to move the top shock mount, do yourself a favor and get a pair of Sportster shocks...theyre thinner and look nicer....tiny bit longer though...the angle will fix that...
And yer seat mod is right on...same as I did to mine, but I didnt do it to lower, but to move my butt back 3 " for more legroom....I covered mine in real leather....treat it like you would a pair of boots....I personally use Sno-Seal...its a beaswax in glycerine...you rub it in with your fingers, and the heat from the friction melts it into the pores...best stuff there is....you can use neatsfoot oil to soften it if needed....dont waste money on saddle soap....

Quite a few threads here about the same stuff yer askin....use the lil search box at the top of the page, and you can find a thread on most everything....



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I have 10" progressive shocks from a sporty on Melissa and stock Suzuki savage 650 shocks on Fayhe

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Remove the seat and fuel tank and work the air box backwards. You may have to remove the water hose. It is not easy but it will come out.

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Lowering; rear shocks-I see shorter, and plates to relocate the bottom of them further back. Looking it over and since I'm doing away with passenger capabilities, but not the shocks or rear fender. Why can't I just slice off the top shock mount and relocate it further up?
You asked about this in another thread on the same topic, I gave the reason I wouldn't move the top bolts. The frame isn't thick enough with out modding it, and the only way to do it right is to chop the frame up so you can weld a plug inside the frame where you want the shock bolt to come through the frame.
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X3 on the sporty shocks. I lowered mine in the front by loosening the fork clamps & pushing the tubes up about an inch. Lowering the frame does a couple other things you want to keep in mind. The center stand won't work anymore and the angle on the side stand will change, keeping the bike more upright when it's down. if you reinforce the frame and move the upper shock mounting location, I don't think that it will lower the rear much at all. It will change the suspension geometry though, I believe that the ride would be a bit rougher because you would be shifting the direction of force more towards lateral versus vertical. I remember seeing a post (I think it was slim) where someone fabricated a bracket for the lower mount that dropped the rear end. If you're trying to do this on budget and have the tools & materials, this would be the way to go.

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X3 on the sporty shocks. I lowered mine in the front by loosening the fork clamps & pushing the tubes up about an inch. Lowering the frame does a couple other things you want to keep in mind. The center stand won't work anymore and the angle on the side stand will change, keeping the bike more upright when it's down. if you reinforce the frame and move the upper shock mounting location, I don't think that it will lower the rear much at all. It will change the suspension geometry though, I believe that the ride would be a bit rougher because you would be shifting the direction of force more towards lateral versus vertical. I remember seeing a post (I think it was slim) where someone fabricated a bracket for the lower mount that dropped the rear end. If you're trying to do this on budget and have the tools & materials, this would be the way to go.

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Changing the shock angle will make it ride smother.That is the first major Change the factories did in the late 70's and early eighties to dirt bikes to increase wheel travel and improve ride quality and all the softail type frames have lateral acting shocks.

As most have pointed out though the easy and cheapest way to lower the rear is shorter shocks. Another trick to help her handle the bikes weight is lower handlebars. They will bring the level of her arms down nearer the body core, where there is more strength Try holding something shoulder height and then hold it nearer to your waist (height wise) and see which way is easiest. Just a few suggestions,seems as if you are on the right track.if you do move the top mounts drill a larger hole and put the proper size tubing welded on both sides of the frame and you should have sufficient strength but still ,ebay shocks will be cheaper and a bunch less work.




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I heated my kickstand up wit a torch and bent it so the bike leans properly .

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I heated my kickstand up wit a torch and bent it so the bike leans properly .

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lowered with progessive 412 10" shocks
rejetted for K/N Pods part#rc 2340
sportster seat

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I cut a Vee outa mine, then rewelded....

I got a pair of stock 11" Sporty shocks for sale too....$60 plus shipping....



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