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I'm thinking of purchasing a bike, but I'm pretty short. Anyone know where I could find a lowering kit for it, or at least one that will work?

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I have the same bike. The shocks on the rear have adjustable preload which can lower the bike for you. Or you may even be able to find shorter shocks.

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If it has a mono shock in back there are lowering links you can purchase and install to lower the rear and the front can be lowered by dropping the tubes in the trees or softening up the springs.
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If you lower the bike the suspension will not work as it was designed to.
This is an issue I am trying to overcome with my boy since we have moved to a bigger bike- he can not touch the ground without leaning the bike WAY over. To quote a famous short moto cross racer from the 70's- "they dont pay me to put my feet down". Even I at 6' 2" find it difficult to rest both feet on the ground on some of the newer dirt bikes. But if I do find one that I can rest both feet on the ground comfortably I soon find that I am bottoming out the suspension and riding over the limits of the bike.
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I have the same bike. The shocks on the rear have adjustable preload which can lower the bike for you. Or you may even be able to find shorter shocks. Check this site for great info on these bikes. www.xjbikes.com

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