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  • Lowered rear end. Length of swingarms? Shock absorber?

    Hi guys. I have a '05 RS Midnight. I bought it used and had put some miles on it. Has 50000 miles now. I've noticed it was a bit lower in the rear wich makes it looks cool. But in winding roads I almost allways end scratching the pipes and both sides at the bottom rear frame. Lenght of swingarms instaled is 29.cm (11.30" inches)
    Is the shock absorber done or maybe the previous owner lowered on purpose?

    Thank you.

  • #2
    So I can almost see in that last picture what is going on, but not quite. The highlighted part #10 is what it should look like, if it looks like a rod with hyme joints on both ends then it is a lowering kit. Also, check the mount at the forward end of the shock, make sure it's not cracked. If it is it can be welded, but it probably has a lowering kit on it.
    It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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    • #3
      Thank you MikeyC!

      It looks like the part #10 is installed. And nothing seems broken or loose. I have a spare rear shock abrorber, it's used but does not look bad.
      I'm thinking of trying it. You think it could help to find out if there's a lowering kit installed?

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      • #4
        I'm thinking on putting it on a jack and see if the rear swingarm alines.

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        • #5
          Swingarm angle looks lowered to me. Before you do anything, make sure the shock preload is adjusted to its max. I wouldn’t wast time on installing another stock shock. Get a Roadwing from Smokescreens which is a modified Goldwing shock with a stiffer spring and stronger shock.

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          • #6
            Thank you Shores.
            I'll set preload and see what happens. It's almost all the way open.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jluisochoa View Post
              Thank you Shores.
              I'll set preload and see what happens. It's almost all the way open.
              That looks maxed to me. Don’t move it the other way. I removed my lowering bones and put the stock ones back in cuz I was tired of scraping my duals and frame. I’m sure you can find some stock bones here from a member. Don’t go buy them.

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              • J89k
                J89k commented
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                You talking about the barons kit? Is it always lower than stock or is it adjustable?

                Have the roadwing on my to do list and I was thinking I'd get the baron's bones to avoid grinding the stock bones.

            • #8
              Thanks Shores. I'll do that. Found out in a video that it seems the OEM arms are silver. Looks like my bike have the Barons lowering kit installed.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by Shores View Post

                That looks maxed to me. Don’t move it the other way. I removed my lowering bones and put the stock ones back in cuz I was tired of scraping my duals and frame. I’m sure you can find some stock bones here from a member. Don’t go buy them.
                Is just the arms that must be changed or there's any more parts?

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by jluisochoa View Post

                  Is just the arms that must be changed or there's any more parts?
                  Yes, just the arms. Shorter ones raise, longer ones lower.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by jluisochoa View Post
                    Thanks Shores. I'll do that. Found out in a video that it seems the OEM arms are silver. Looks like my bike have the Barons lowering kit installed.
                    My 2008s were black.

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Shores View Post

                      Yes, just the arms. Shorter ones raise, longer ones lower.
                      Thanks! I'll ask here and Facebook for the OEM bones.

                      Thank you very much guys.
                      Greetings.

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                      • #13
                        Any chance the relay arm has had the "flip and grind"? Part #9 in the parts diagram. That was a free way to lower the Road Star.

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                        • Brad_G
                          Brad_G commented
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                          That's a fine looking machine RPHazen in your sig. Is that a 'liner wheel on the front?

                        • RPHazen
                          RPHazen commented
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                          Thanks, yes Roadliner/Stratoliner S (polished version)

                      • #14
                        Originally posted by RPHazen View Post
                        Any chance the relay arm has had the "flip and grind"? Part #9 in the parts diagram. That was a free way to lower the Road Star.
                        Wow! Never heard of that. I'll check if it's flipped. Hope it is and that would be a very easy job.
                        Thank you very much RPHazen!

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                        • Father Pobasturd
                          Father Pobasturd commented
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                          If it is flipped you can just flip it back and that should solve the problem.

                      • #15
                        Originally posted by RPHazen View Post
                        Any chance the relay arm has had the "flip and grind"? Part #9 in the parts diagram. That was a free way to lower the Road Star.
                        Yes, a common mod on Roadstars and V-Stars.

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                        • #16
                          Originally posted by J89k View Post
                          You talking about the barons kit? Is it always lower than stock or is it adjustable?

                          Have the roadwing on my to do list and I was thinking I'd get the baron's bones to avoid grinding the stock bones.
                          My OEM were black. I purchased the lower non adjustable bones from Pacific Coast, but took them off. DK who makes the adjustable ones.

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                          • #17
                            Good thing to get more eyes in there, you took some good pictures there. I thought the dog bones looked stock to me, Just can't really tell it the relay arm has been flipped, the curved surface of the relay arm should face rearward.
                            It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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                            • MikeyC
                              MikeyC commented
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                              I'm thinking in the pictures that the relay arm looks flipped.

                          • #18
                            Originally posted by MikeyC View Post
                            Good thing to get more eyes in there, you took some good pictures there. I thought the dog bones looked stock to me, Just can't really tell it the relay arm has been flipped, the curved surface of the relay arm should face rearward.
                            Thank you MikeyC! I'll take some more pics tomorrow. Great help from everybody.

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                            • #19
                              GM guys.
                              That's the relay arm on the bike. The diagram can't really tell if it's flipped. What do you think?

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                              • Horsehammerr
                                Horsehammerr commented
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                                Yes your Relay is Flipped

                            • #20
                              MikeyC Looks like you told. That lower curved surface of the relay is facing front not rearwards.
                              RPHazen Shores Father Pobasturd We're close to solve the mistery. Thanks men.

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