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    Baby Twin
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    DIY suspension height change?

    What's up everyone? I bought my Gen1 lowered a few inches which didn't really bother me too much at the time but I'm having some stuff worked on with my bike and figured I might as well take care of it now. Is it a DIY job? Its around $100 for a shop to change and "tune" it for me but if I can do it myself, a hundred bucks will pay for a few steak dinners. I haven't seen any stickies for this but maybe someone already showed how to do it and I'm just cluttering the forum. Any guidance would be great. Thanks

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    Hi,
    I've got the same problem with mine, it was fitted with a -40mm lowering link in the rear.
    Rear Shock:
    Adjust ride height to show 5mm thread.
    Increase preload to give 10-15mm static sag.
    Front forks:
    Preload set in minimum.
    Forks through yokes at 5th ring.

    Set damping to whatever works for you.

    Dennis

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    changing the suspension links is not a hard job and fitting new bearings will transform your ride! always put your bike on standard suspension settings and tweak it slightly from those settings depending on if your bike is running wide or tipping in to quickly or squatting out of bends or chattering over rough tarmac! 5 rings showing is the track setting on the forks you may find it steers a little too quickly on the road at that setting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazza View Post
    changing the suspension links is not a hard job and fitting new bearings will transform your ride! always put your bike on standard suspension settings and tweak it slightly from those settings depending on if your bike is running wide or tipping in to quickly or squatting out of bends or chattering over rough tarmac! 5 rings showing is the track setting on the forks you may find it steers a little too quickly on the road at that setting!

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    5 rings showing will be ok as long as the rear has been dropped by roughly the same amount.
    The geometry would then remain more or less unchanged...so no problem with turn in.
    5 rings for the road is a bit extreme though...I've tried 4 and under full compression (say hitting a pothole) the front tyre will hit the underside of the rad.

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    lol no need to drop the back end!!!! if you look in the owners book it will give you all the standard settings for road and track! if only 3 rings showing on the forks the bike will run wide on corners with 4 showing I will be fine on the road with 5 showing it will tip in very quickly ideal for track riding, changing the geometry is achieved by either lowering the forks (by raising then through the yolks or raising the rear to achieve the same thing) by dropping the front you will make your bike steer quicker! the only thing you will achieve by lowering the rear is to totally ruin the handling! The way to get your millie/RSV/Tuono handling like it should (and they are one of the best handling bikes you can buy) is set the suspension to standard according to the owners manual and then tweek it slightly to make it handle just as you want!

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