How to Install a Bike Lowering Kit


With a bike lowering kit and basic tools, you can raise and lower the height of your motorcycle to make it the most comfortable for your height and road conditions. The installation takes about an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Factory service manual
  • Motorcycle jack
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Adhesive
  • Motorcycle vise
  • Jack up your motorcycle. When there is sufficient clearance between your motorcycle and the ground, remove the end caps from the axle and slide off the back wheel. Uninstall the shock absorbers according to the owner’s manual.

  • Unscrew the retaining ring with a screwdriver. Wait a few seconds for the pressure inside the shocks to slowly release. The shock will fully extend after all the pressure is released. Remove the spring and cover by hand.

  • Place the adjustable bike lowering kit onto the vise. Pass the shock onto the kit. Grip the flats of the shock absorber shaft with an end wrench and torque it to 30 foot-pounds. Apply an adhesive such as Loctite. Repeat for the second shock.

  • Install rear shock hardware on the lowering shafts. Screw one hex-nylock halfway down each lowering shaft. You don’t have to be exact with this measurement. Just eye the halfway mark and keep going until you reach it.

  • Attach the nylock nut on the lowering kit. Slide it outward to extend the shock and lower the bike. Slide it inward to shorten the shock and raise the bike.

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