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post #1 of 12 Old 04-29-2015, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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front forks and steering damper

Hi, I just bought my first zx10r and i am new to this forum. Thanks for accepting me.
I am a shortie and do not have a problem with the bike's height when riding weekends. I do have a problem using my bike as a daily commute through busy traffic.
I have lowering links for the back. But i have a problem with the front. I cannot push the forks through because the electronic steering damper sits over one of the forks.
What can I do to lower the front?
Thank you in advance.
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Hi, I just bought my first zx10r and i am new to this forum. Thanks for accepting me.
I am a shortie and do not have a problem with the bike's height when riding weekends. I do have a problem using my bike as a daily commute through busy traffic.
I have lowering links for the back. But i have a problem with the front. I cannot push the forks through because the electronic steering damper sits over one of the forks.
What can I do to lower the front?
Thank you in advance.
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Hi, I just bought my first zx10r and i am new to this forum. Thanks for accepting me.

I am a shortie and do not have a problem with the bike's height when riding weekends. I do have a problem using my bike as a daily commute through busy traffic.

I have lowering links for the back. But i have a problem with the front. I cannot push the forks through because the electronic steering damper sits over one of the forks.

What can I do to lower the front?

Thank you in advance.

Welcome to the party!

The easiest thing to do is remove the damper. If you absolutely have to have one, then an aftermarket rotary style damper like the GPR can be used. Otherwise you're going to have to get shorter/cut springs for the internals depending on how low you need it.

Frankly, I'd just learn to hang off the side of the bike more when I stopped. And get some blocks for the bottom off my shoes.

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Maybe the Showa BPF can be changed internally to drop the ride height. I was watching a Dave Moss video where he spoke about doing that to a different bike by doing something with an existing internal spacer. This same method is frequently used to lower cruiser forks and on café racer builds.
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Don't lower this bike. You're having problems for one reason: you don't know the bike. Wait and practice and take classes and study.
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I am leaning towards replacing the damper with an aftermarket. And then pushing the forks through.
However, disconnecting the damper throws up an engine red waring light. How do i prevent the warning?
I tried searching for a resistor that would do it, but there is very little on this topic anywhere.
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Hi, I just bought my first zx10r and i am new to this forum. Thanks for accepting me.
I am a shortie and do not have a problem with the bike's height when riding weekends. I do have a problem using my bike as a daily commute through busy traffic.
I have lowering links for the back. But i have a problem with the front. I cannot push the forks through because the electronic steering damper sits over one of the forks.
What can I do to lower the front?
Thank you in advance.
I'm 5'4 and when I first got my bike about a month ago I was uncomfortable in traffic also. After getting some seat time you get used to putting one foot down. Since you just got it I would wait before doing anything.
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