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Old 06-25-2008, 01:21 PM   #1
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Laugh Lowering the WR250R more than factory 4 Free

I am a proud new owner of a WR and am very impressed with just about everything. It is a ball to ride, fast enough, light enough and has enough suspension adjustments so that I may never get it dialed in just right. But even at 6' w/ a 32'' inseam it is taller than I like.
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I stared by dropping the forks in the triple clamps 1-inch, then disconnected the rear suspension links and the knuckle that has the threaded shaft meant to lower the bike. Screwing in the threaded shaft all the way till the dampner adjuster nut barely had room to tun only gave about .7-.8 inches of lowering. The simple solution was to take the knuckle out again, remove the threaded rod end and cut off 3/16 from the top of the knuckle. Its fairly soft and easily cut on a tablesaw with a carbide tipped blade. Cant even tell once its done. Reassemble the suspension using blue locktite and presto! Now the bike is level, the kickstand is just right and it handles great.
I love that bike!
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:03 PM   #2
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Sounds very interesting, but need pics dude!
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:54 PM   #3
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You cut a bolt on a table saw???

Still have all your fingers? Bandsaw maybe but tablesaw... you got brass ones my man.

Congrats on the success though! Sweet bike!
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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I bet you'll find the bike doesn't corner near as well anymore since doing this mod, and you might get some dangerous headshake at speed. Dropping the rear that much is going to have a major effect on the steering head angle (rake).
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:29 PM   #5
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If you drop the front an inch in the trees, wouldn't that decrease the trail making the turning quicker? Then, he lowered the rear the same amount, leveling the bike back out. How does that increase the trail and cause more headshake?
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:10 AM   #6
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Got any photos mate?be keen to see the finished article
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:16 AM   #7
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I bet you'll find the bike doesn't corner near as well anymore since doing this mod, and you might get some dangerous headshake at speed. Dropping the rear that much is going to have a major effect on the steering head angle (rake).
A low rear or more sag in the rear will not cause headshake. It might fix headshake.

Slack head angles = more stability worse turn in
Steep head angles = less stability & easy turn in
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