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post #1 of 8 Old 05-07-2014, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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How much doe the fork tubes stick out?

How much doe the fork tubes stick out above the top clamp in the stock position? I did a search and didn't find anything helpful. Was thinking to lower my bike, but wanted to make it even front and back. They're already sticking up above the top clamp, but I do not know if he had already lowered the front.

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What year bike do you have? In my service manual for my gen 3 it only shows a picture of the fork in the clamp, doesn't specify depth or height messurements. From the diagrams it is dam near flush, about 1mm above top of triple clamp. I run mine at 6.4mm for better turn in on the tight canyons I ride. But I've seen people lower the from dam near 3in above top clamp.

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Start with the top edge of the tube flush with the clamp, and go from there. On a bike with stock ride height/suspension flush up to about 6mm or so poking out won't cause you any issue... though the more more fork above the clamp the more it's going to change the handling. Anything up to 10mm on a street-only bike with a damper wouldn't give me pause.

If you're looking to lower the whole bike, just start from flush and push the forks up an equal amount to how much you lower it in the rear (if you can). It's really just a starting point; you'll have to adjust it further to tweak the handling to your liking or to correct clearance issues.

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Thanks guys. This was for an 08.

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Front fender

Be careful because if you drop the forks too much the fairing and air box will hit the front fender.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-08-2014, 09:35 AM
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washers in the shock are better

Putting weight on the front tire is done with washer in the rear shock I have 12mm in 2012. With a #2 adjustable triple clamp
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2012 is about even
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-27-2014, 10:52 AM
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2-10mm depending on what kind of riding you're doing. you don't just set n forget your suspension, it's something you're constantly adjusting for whatever track/roads you're hitting. go find a suspension tuner, and for $40-$50 they'll set it up for you to go off of
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