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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Going from lowered back to stock hight

I am kinda new to moding bikes, but not new to modding in general. I have a fully custom "race" truck that I have a fully custom suspension made up for it. I did a custom 4-link, narrowed axle, rear coil overs custom control arms, and back halfed frame.

Back on topic, I purchased my 06 zzr 600 lowered and woundereed what would need to be done to rais it back up. What kind of options do these bikes have to be lowered, just links or could it be lowered another way?
I hear the the kick stand needs to be shortened on a lowered bike but mine does not appear to be altered and seems stock. Anyone have any input on this?

Anyone have any stock suspension parts I could get for cheap to raise my bike back up?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 01:50 AM
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just buy a set of adjustable links, that if you ever want to lower it back down you just adjust it.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 04:44 AM
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He already has longer dogbones. Why would he need a set of adjustable ones?
Op, you should be able to find a set of stock dogbones om ebay easily.

Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.


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Well I just took a look under the bike and it looks like the guy I bought it from made the links him self. Depending on how much the stock ones cost I might get some adjustable ones and just raise it a little. The main reason I want to raise it, is do to the fact the fender has a hole rubbed into it from how low its sitting. Are there any brands to avoid? There are some PRO-TEK ones on ebay for $40 shipped, are those any good?


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Also, how do I know if the front of my bike has been lowered?
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Well I got some adjustable links, and got them installed. I think the bike handles so much better. I went from a 5" drop to a 2" drop. Now I just need to figure out if the front has been lowered or not.

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Post a pic of the fork tubes in the top clamp and one of the pros here will be able to tell you how much its been lowered just by looking at it. But after looking at thoes homeade links I bet the previous owner just lowered the front with $2 tie down straps from harbor freight.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't been able to take pics, but my buddy told me its been lowered as there are a bunch of threads showing or at least more than normal. I will get a pic up asap, but in the mean time it looked like there was an inch of threads showing on the tubes. With the bike lowered 2" from stock in the rear the bike almost sits level compared to the front. There is a very small amount of rake
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If you're not too short of a person, I'd raise the bike back to stock height. I'm 5'4 and 130lbs, riding my rear shock to it's limits with the compression turned out 3/4 way (due to milage but never got it lowered).
Whenever i get a steering damper on, I can drop my forks about 5mm to keep the front down a bit more when accelerating out of corners full pin.

A lowered front makes the steering more twitchy = high risk of tank slappers/speed wobbles.


You mentioned a bunch of threads showing. if those are the preloads, that doesnt mean much other than soft suspension. Only if the forks are pushed up and dont sit flush with the triple tree anymore, it has been lowered.

Cant wait to see more pics
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If you're not too short of a person, I'd raise the bike back to stock height. I'm 5'4 and 130lbs, riding my rear shock to it's limits with the compression turned out 3/4 way (due to milage but never got it lowered).
Whenever i get a steering damper on, I can drop my forks about 5mm to keep the front down a bit more when accelerating out of corners full pin.

A lowered front makes the steering more twitchy = high risk of tank slappers/speed wobbles.


You mentioned a bunch of threads showing. if those are the preloads, that doesnt mean much other than soft suspension. Only if the forks are pushed up and dont sit flush with the triple tree anymore, it has been lowered.

Cant wait to see more pics
I am 5' 10" 215lbs. I just got used to the higher ride, and think I am going to go all the way back up to stock.
Here is a pic of the front
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