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Installing rear lowering links.

If you've ever launched your ZX10r hard you know that it could benefit from being a little lower to the ground to keep the COG down and be able to leave harder. This modification will allow you to lower the rear of your bike for more aggressive drag style launches.



Summary of install:
We will be starting with the bike on a rear swingarm stand. The bike MUST be on a rear stand to complete this mod in the manner described. The factory links will be removed and replaced with the Muzzy lowering links.

Tools for install:
you will need a floor jack(small ones work great) or a small jack out of a car or truck will work as well (everyone has one of those right?)
A 4mm allen for removing the fasteners on the lower fairings.
A 14mm AND a 17mm socket and wrench for removing the bolts and nut that hold on the links

1.) With the bike on the rear stand remove the six fasteners from the lowers and remove the lower fairings. You can split them or you can leave them together either way will work.



2.) With the lowers removed you can get a good look at what we are about to do. the next thing you'll want to do is break loose the nuts holding on the stock links and remove them. Don't try to remove the bolts or the links at this point though.



3.) Now the floor jack comes into play. I jacked on the bottom of the shock pivot.



Watching the rear end come up as you near the top of the stroke of the rear shock you will want to push on the end of the bottom bolt until you can start to slide it out of the shock pivot. THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION IF YOU JACK THE BIKE OFF OF THE REAR STAND IT WILL FALL!!

4.) Once you have reached the point where there isn't any load on the rear shock you can remove the bolts and the links. If they don't come out fairly easily there is still a load on the shock, lower the jack a little and try again. (always lower and try again don't raise because you may be jacked a little too high already and jacking further will only lead to a tip over.
TIP: when you are removing the top bolt you will find that it will not come all the way out it hits the back of the exhaust. To remove this bolt you will need to slide the spacer that is inside of the linkage pivot towards the shifter side of the bike. That will allow you the clearance nessasary to remove the top bolt.



5.) Now you are ready to install the new links. start with the top bolt. I choose to make my adjustment point at the top because I think I can remove that bolt without removing the lower fairing from this point forward. (we'll see on that though) **read update below**



After the top bolt is installed, install the nut but don't tighten it yet.. now you can slowly lower the jack while lining up the bottom holes with the swingarm pivot.Once the bottom hole is lined up you can install the bottom bolt and nut and remove the jack.



6.) After the jack is removed the bike is sitting solid on the rear stand again and you can tighten up the nuts on the links. if you've done it correctly your bike should be sitting much lower then when you started.

7.) now you can reinstall the lower fairing and remove the bike from the stand. NOTE!!!! if you have a stock kickstand you will not be able to utilize it anymore. Two ways around that. look for a low spot on the ground to place the kickstand in or you can pull one or both of your wheels up onto a 2x4 or similar.

This modification is actually a pretty easy one just take your time and make sure that you have the swingarm spools sitting in the the swingarm stand at all times.
Now go get some good times at the track or welcome back to earth if you are lowering your bike to be able to touch better. :thumbsup:
 

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**UPDATE**
after I installed the lowering links something dawned on me...I will still need the lower removed to be able to get the jack on the shock pivot. With that In mind I removed the links and reinstalled them with the adjusting holes in the bottom position. Since I'll have to remove the lower to jack the bike I flipped the links around so that I could more easily adjust them between holes..
 

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Just installed a pair of lowering links on my bike today. I lowered mine so I flat foot my bike. I lowered it approx 1.5in. As for using a jack I passed on that. If u have a spare friend that works just as well. Tomorrow will be going for a test ride to see how much the forks needs to be raised thru the triple tree. I'm think about 3mm+
 

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thought about that. but he put them in upside down.... definatly good info though.....
 

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sczx10r said:
thought about that. but he put them in upside down.... definatly good info though.....
are you saying the end/s of the bones with 2 holes belongs down below instead of up top???

BD
 

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sczx10r said:
thought about that. but he put them in upside down.... definatly good info though.....
how little you know grasshopper. :mrgreen:

The direction doesn't matter but I tried them that way first because I was thinking that you wouldn't have to remove the lowers to raise and lower the bike. I forgot about having to jack on the shock mount and the lowers have to be removed to do that so I flipped them around so that the adjustment was on the bottom again. :dontknow: :eek:ccasion1

BD I thought this was already a how to??
 

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sczx10r said:
Did you have the bike on a pit bull stand? or on the ground?
bike on Pitbull stand, floor jack under the shock pivot.. You have to watch for the shock to top out because shortly after that the bike will try and lift off of the stand. the trick is to unweight the bolt going through the shock linkage while keeping the rear spools on the pitbull stand. after you do it a time or two it becomes second natrew but for the first couple of times it's not a bad idea to have a friend nearby.
 

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CuzManJ said:
No stand, I had a friend tilt the bike on the kickstand till the link bolts were unloaded.
Are you setting your bike up for the dragstrip or just doing it for looks? Where are you getting your parts in SAV.?
 

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I doing it for nither. I'm 5'8 30'inseam I was almost on my toes with boots on. I had to bring it down. As for parts I do 95% of my shopping online, usally get better prices that way.
 

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I doing it for nither. I'm 5'8 30'inseam I was almost on my toes with boots on. I had to bring it down. As for parts I do 95% of my shopping online, usally get better prices that way.
If you can't find something online or from the site sponsors. I get a bunch of my parts from Superbike Specialties in Garden City. This a very nice shop for parts and service and it is right there in your backyard.
 

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Nice shameless promo for superbike. Been there already. Nice shop Adam is cool, but I almost always can beat his price on everything.
 

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Nice shameless promo for superbike. Been there already. Nice shop Adam is cool, but I almost always can beat his price on everything.
Did you go to the big car/bike show this weekend? Adam wanted me to bring my bike and put it in his booth, but I had to work this weekend. Just wondering if there was a good turn out?
 

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So how much should you raise the forks above triple for a 1" drop, 1.5" etc etc of the rear? Is it a direct ratio ie 1" drop in rear to 1" raising of the forks? I was thinking of doing this because I'm 5'8" as well but I'd like to atleast keep the steering feel somewhat close to stock. I don't want the thing to feel like a bus in the turns however I can give up just a bit of steering quickness for the benefit of a lower bike. Thanks
 

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So how much should you raise the forks above triple for a 1" drop, 1.5" etc etc of the rear? Is it a direct ratio ie 1" drop in rear to 1" raising of the forks? I was thinking of doing this because I'm 5'8" as well but I'd like to atleast keep the steering feel somewhat close to stock. I don't want the thing to feel like a bus in the turns however I can give up just a bit of steering quickness for the benefit of a lower bike. Thanks

Alot of posts already on the subject..so try some searches next time but yeah a 1 to 1 relationship to be close to stock geometry/steering, so lower the rear and front the same..and stay safe :wink:
 

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I noticed with the muzzys 2 hole links that the left dogbone hits my lower fairing. I can't put the pop rivet back into the lower with it dropped.
 
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