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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2015, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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lowering with struts

Okay guys I know this is probably been answered more than once but for the noob could you please be patient and give me an answer I have a 1986 750 and I want to lower it with struts what is the lowest I can go without hitting the fenders and the cinter stand is not going to be a problem because I intend on removing it eventually But with using struts the reason I decided to go that route was in case I want to put shorter shocks on it again later So how long do the stripes have to be I was thinking nine and a half to 10 inches total but will that hit the battery box or any other problems maybe not clear the fender properly I also intend on running the fender up and making it shorterI'm going to take about 4 inches off the fender but its going to be done from the inside where it bolts to the plastic fenderI I just need a little help on the struts and the shortest length I can get away with Thank you in advance Also with using stretch is there anything I need to be aware of such as possibly breakingThis is also not my first build my first one was an XS 1100 this is actually my second Oh and if any of you have done this before lowered your bike with struts if you have a picture it would greatly help with my idea Almost forgot when using stretch do you have to use the rubber bushing from the shocks or can you get away with just a tight fit Again thank you for any and all help

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My shocks are 10.5" long and didn't hit.just might want to move the rectifier off the bottom of the battery box

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im lowered with 10.5" shocks, and a 3.5" lowering plate, relocated the rear fender, and not hitting... Technically I didn't have to relocate the rear fender, but I did because I chopped the fender. Since you are using struts you could go as low as you want as long as you leave about 1/4" of clearance between the top of the fender and the top of your tire.
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I'd do more research first. Many people on here have said the swing arm on our Vulcans will fail with struts. I lowered mine with home made brackets and moving the forks up in the tree.

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10.5" shocks .forks lowered 1.5" in the trees

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I'd do more research first. Many people on here have said the swing arm on our Vulcans will fail with struts. I lowered mine with home made brackets and moving the forks up in the tree.
who said the swing arm would fail.. I have several friends with lowered VN750's using struts... all were done around 2008 and are still screaming around with out a problem. I have yet to see a picture of a failed swing arm on a vn750...
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https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...ighlight=Strut is the thread I was misremembering. I was certain I had read on here that it was bad on the swing arm, but I guess I was wrong.

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