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  • What's the best way to go low?

    It's time to lower the rear end on my project bike and from what I can tell there are basically 3 ways to accomplish the task. The rear fender lowering kit, dog bones or the Baron's bushing kit. What are the Pro's and Con's of each of these and what would you guys recommend based on your experiences?

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  • #2
    rowdy ricks for "lowering the fender. Pro's - looks great and you keep the same handling. Con's - If you run two up there is a split between the two seats.
    Lowering with either dog bones or bushing, Pro's looks great, Con's handling becomes an issue with potenial scraped pipes and bottoming out over bumps etc.

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    • #3
      Before I did any of those I'd install a Roadwing. Personally I'd start with the dogbone flip. Works nearly as well a the Baron but costs nada, unless you want to go *super* low. As for the fender lowering; my only personal hesitation is the gap it leaves behind the seat.

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      • #4
        I did the fender lowering kit...very nice components...and I like the look and kept ground clearance. It looks good even with my roadwing/RAP cranked full stiff. I have a dragger solo seat and it flows well.

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        • #5
          Lower the front the same amount to maintain performance and prevent scraping if you ever install true duals.

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          • #6
            Here are some pics of mine...stock fender with the fender lowering kit dragger solo seat Roadwing with RAP at full stiff...custom 18 in wheels 180 tire.

            https://m.facebook.com/groups/457967...57174412031730

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            • #7
              FREE and still looks stock.
              The object of this article is to explain how to lower the rear fender on a Road Star.

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              • #8
                What Doc said, the dogbone, "rocker", flip. It's free and easy and will drop the back down approximately 1 3/4", and if you don't like it, all you have to do is flip it back around. The bad thing with doing this is if you ride two up, then you need to tighten the shock spring to keep from bottoming out the shock a lot.
                If you have the bucks, then the Roadwing is the way to go from what I've read on this form.
                I've ran the flip for 16 years now and happy with it.

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                • #9
                  I run a flip, with a roadwing... Looks and works great! Do I scrape when cornering... well, as the saying goes, fwiw, if you ain't scrapin', you ain't ridin'! Yes, it scrapes. Even scrapes the FRAME!

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                  • #10
                    Anyone do a dogbone flip and the fender lowering together? I am guessing the tire would rub the fender all the time. Just thinking out loud. Apart from floorboards scraping and duals scraping what other issue do you run into lowering the rear? Does the bike handle different? I am also interested in these differences and any othert pros and cons that haven't been brought up yet.

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                    • #11
                      The rear fender has a support frame underneath; chances are you'd hit that before the fender sheet metal. It could potentially put a nasty gouge in your tire. If you plan on going that low, I'd absolutely do the Roadwing conversion; if you haven't already.

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                      • #12
                        I want to thank all you guys for your words of wisdom. Based on what I've read here I think I'll try the dog bone flip method before I do anything else, if it gives me the right look and feel then I'm done with that part of the project....Thanks Guys!

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                        • #13
                          johnny come lately comments;
                          i put the baron's kit in several years ago, i run Baron's bobbed fenders front and rear, at the front i put a lowering kit in with progressive springs,
                          i scrape my frame semi regularly! occasionally it 'bogs' if i hit a decent sized pothole. with the roadwing conversion i am guessing its the goldwing shocker assembly swap over...

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                          • #14
                            Remember if you do the flip, you will have to grind the rocker a little on the back side where it meets the shock. You will see where to grind it when you pre-assemble it.

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                            • midnitmike
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                              Well it's not often I make a mistake, but I managed to screw up my relay arm while I was modifying it. I'm not even going to tell you guys how I fu*ked it up.

                            • Duke
                              Duke commented
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                              Tell us. Now I'm curious.

                            • Doc_V
                              Doc_V commented
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                              Seriously, you can't just put something like that out there and leave us hanging.

                          • #15
                            The flip lowers it the most.

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                            • #16
                              Originally posted by midnitmike View Post
                              Well it's not often I make a mistake, but I managed to screw up my relay arm while I was modifying it. I'm not even going to tell you guys how I fu*ked it up.
                              You cant tease us like this. We want to know about your fuck up and we want pictures. Especially if it was a dump ass mistake!

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                              • Doc_V
                                Doc_V commented
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                                What Joe said. ^^^

                              • Brad_G
                                Brad_G commented
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                                Like Joe said, if you're gonna own up to it you have to provide details.

                            • #17
                              Pics pics pics!!

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                              • #18
                                WE WANT PICTURES. WE WANT PICTURES

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                                • #19

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                                  • Doc_V
                                    Doc_V commented
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                                    That would suck.

                                  • Duke
                                    Duke commented
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                                    Thanks Mort. I didn't have pictures.
                                    It's not hard to do and works really well.
                                    What Doc said, that would suck, grinding to much.

                                  • roadiemort
                                    roadiemort commented
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                                    I will add that if you go this route polish out your rough grinding marks as fractures are prone to start in those areas with deep grooves.

                                • #20
                                  You guys are merciless! Ok, here's the deal...instead of grinding the relay arm I decided to use my power hacksaw to trim away the majority of material and then smooth it up with the grinder. The power saw is pretty efficient at removing excess steel and won't overheat the bushing, so it had some serious advantages over grinding. On the downside it's bulky, cumbersome and limits your visibility at the cutting point...it's not made for detail work, just whacking through big chucks of steel. I had already made several small cuts and was almost at the point where I was going to go back to the grinder. I pulled the saw away to inspect my cut and realized I had cut almost all the way down into the bushing on my last pass. I put down the saw, walked into the house and ordered a Baron's relay arm five minutes later. A real Forest Gump moment that I hope I don't repeat.

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                                  • Duke
                                    Duke commented
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                                    Thanks for the picture. Yes you screwed up, but at least you found it, with-out finding out the hard way.

                                  • midnitmike
                                    midnitmike commented
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                                    Oh I could have pushed the bushing out and welded it back together, but that just didn't seem like a prudent thing to do. If it ever failed I'd be a dumb ass twice in one day....not my style.

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