lowering my 907
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Author:  badhabrace [ Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:38 pm ]
Post subject:  lowering my 907

Hello everyone,
I bought a 907ie last season to go along with my 906. Problem is I can't flat foot the 907. I believe I can lower it ( I need no more than an inch ) by adjusting the rear shock preload. Am I correct, if so I believe I need to tighten the spring around the shock......
Your expertise on this is greatly appreciated :-)

Author:  Tamburinifan [ Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: lowering my 907

Lowering an inch rear-tricky.
Suspension system rear can`t be lowered if you don`t have a shock w adjustable ride height.
Softening spring preload too much will give you a mushy and unstable ride.
Front forks can be lowered by raising fork legs 10mm above normal flush position.
Get a spring for your weight rear and lower saddle, you could gain around 10 mm there.

Author:  badhabrace [ Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: lowering my 907

Thanks for the speedy reply, my 907ie has the factory shock, does that help ?


Author:  paso750 [ Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: lowering my 907

No it doesn't. As Gert said to adjust ride height you'd have to have a shock that has an adjustment option to make it longer or shorter.
If you increase or decrease spring preload the shock will always have the same overall length. What will change is the sag. Decreasing spring load will increase the shock's sag meaning that if you'd then get on the bike it would come a little lower but at the same time the spring will become "softer". Adjusting preload is just to set the sag/suspension travel correctly not ride height.
Some bike's ride height can be changed by replacing the arms of the swingarm/shock linkage with ones of a different length. Maybe that is also possible for the 907ie. Never really gave that a thought as it would change also leverage ratio. Of course that would require machining parts.

Author:  Bluey [ Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: lowering my 907

Are you especially light as well as short legged? if so then reducing the preload won't be as much an issue as it might be...

but also you should find that you don't really need to flat foot the bike on both sides... i know that very cambered roads can be challenging. If you can get a few mm between the front (forks) and rear you might find that that's all the difference it takes.

Otherwise you need to change the rear links which will change the ratio of the suspension but have the same shock travel so you don't have as much impact as you might think on the suspension. I've done this to a number of adventure bikes and dirt bikes for my dear lady wife without impacting much in the way of performance (she is faster than me anyway). The only problem is that no-one will have an off the shelf link for the Paso these days... if this was the Suzuki DRZ forum it would be a different story.

Author:  badhabrace [ Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: lowering my 907

I may be using the wrong words here. My shock has the 2 nuts at the top. There is a sticker that I don't really understand. It looks like settings for 2 and another for 2 people + baggage. The problem is I have osteoarthritius in my hips,shoulder and back. I can't seem to get my feet on the ground quickly enough. I dropped the bike on each side last year and don't want to that again :-(

Author:  Sergio Desmo [ Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: lowering my 907

Get your saddle worked out by a specialist to get it lower. You can win a few cm. But do not play with the geometry of the bike. That can be dangerous.

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