I am buying an adjustable ride height rod for my bike today and was wondering if setting my 695 up with the same height as the larger duc's will be ok (i believe that is a near 2cm lift) or if I should do it in smaller increments. Thanks in advance
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Re: 695 ride hight
I'd start 15mm higher and work up 5 mm at a time from there.
You'll know when you get to the point you don't like.
Are you going to do anything with the front?
If you do you'll want to make adjustments one end at a time.
I never lengthened my stand. The bike leans at a pretty steep angle, but it's a non issue to me.
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no the bike is not fitted with a ride height adjuster you can only stiffen or soften the rear shock absorber preload on the spring or drop the fork through the yokes.you can on the other hand buy either shorter or longer dog bone links for the rear suspension linkage to lower or lift the rear suspension
Hi Anonymous, adjusting the shocks does not alter the height of the back end, just stiffens or soften the ride, for lowering the ride height the usual options are:
1. Thinner less paded seat.
2. Rear shock lowering kit.
3. Shorter shocks.
4. Shorter air shocks.
5. Front fork lowering kit.
6. Low profile tires.
If you take off the seat you will find the mono shock for it...I just did this today for my girlfriends bike...if you have a tool kit for the bike look for the tool that most resembles a hook, (the name of the tool escapes me). Also have a repair manual from Haynes helps too.
I am short as well, could ride fine, but as the bike is tough to kickstart, I needed the height to get a full range on the kickstart.
Bought a Koubalink, fitted it in about 30 mins and worked out perfectly.
Your bike has a mono shock. It does have adjustments but it is for ride stiffness not necessarily ride height. But adjusting the rear shock will lower and or raise the seat a small amount. But at the lowest setting the seat height is still 792mm or 31.2 inchs. You may find a shorter shock but it would have to be from a parts search to match.
Evidently, you are trying to lower a Softail bike. You must raise the bike so you can get at the shocks underneath. But, you must also block the rear wheel up so it doesn't fall when you disconnect the shocks.
Once you get the bike litke this, loosen the lock nuts towards the rear wheel. With those loose, take the bolts out that hold the pivot rods to the rear swing arm. Now, turn the adjuster nut so that the pivot rods are coming out of the adjuster nut. Once completely out, start your new longer rods back in the adjuster nuts. Don't forget to take the lock nut off the original pivot rods and put them on the new ones before you put them in the adjuster nuts. Do both shocks the same way. Adjust the rods to the same length and bolt them back to the swing arm. If the won't go, you may have to raise or lower the rear wheel so that the bolt holes line up with the pivot rods. Reinstall the bolts that hold the pivot rods to the swingarm and lock the lock nuts down. Your bike should be lowered at this point. If it's not like you want it, you'll have to adjust the shocks with the adjuster bolt.
Keep in mind that on the Softail, if you lower the bike too much, the top of the final drive belt may rub the underside of the inner primary cover underneath the starter and make a noise. If you hear a whining noise, this is probably what it is. Watch for that.
Hello, Most all motorcycles with Shocks have an Adjustment on the "Bottom" of the Shock which makes the Shock "Firmer or Softer". By making the Shock "Softer" (Lowering it) will Lower the Bike when you sit on it. Making it "Firmer" (raising it) will make it Higher. The Firmest/Tallest Position on the Shock is usually best for riding Two Adults so that the Weight doesn't let the Rear Fender drop onto the Rotating Rear Tire. You can also Measure the Length of your Shock (Measured from Center to Center of the Mounting Bolts) and go to your Local Motorcycle Salvage Yard and buy a Pair of Shocks that will be 1"-2" Shorter and Make Sure that they are from a Bike that is Similar in Weight and Size! (You don't want to put a set of 125cc Shocks on a 900cc bike) but Please check your Rear Fender Cleareance First and make sure that you can lower the bike this much!!! Most of the Motorcycles that I Lower, I Never go more than 2" unless I am Positive that I have the "Clearence"!!! Thanks Azharleybob
Several people on the old monsterforum said they were able to do it in place but I had to remove my adjuster rod to accomplish an increase my ride height. The adjuster nuts are threaded in opposite directions. Just remember to measure the height from the floor to a reference point before you move anything. I increased my ride height by 1” and dropped the front 3/8”. Your owners manual specifies the max threads you may have showing. Get a electronic copy of the factory manual on the Dutch site for about $5.00. The handling was MUCH better and the bike finishes the turn much better – made a hugh difference. I supported my bike with a floor jack under the sump but was sure to put a lot of soft foam material between the jack and the sump. A cracked engine sump would be expensive.,,