Many Suzuki Boulevard C50 owners are drawn to the appeal of the motorcycle's classic cruiser appearance, but for style and practical reasons, prefer a lower and meaner stance. Lowering the C50 can be done by replacing a pair of metal links that connect the motorcycle's rear shock absorber to its frame, reducing the seat height by as much as three inches. Although this doesn't sound too significant, the lowered height can make considerable changes in comfort and appearance. Assuming that you are fairly familiar with your C50, installing a set of lowering links can be done in a single afternoon.
Things You'll Need
- 5-mm Allen wrench
- 10, 14 and 17 mm sockets
- Socket wrench
- Lowering links
- Torque wrench
Remove both upper side covers from the motorcycle. Use a 5 mm Allen wrench to unscrew the right-side cover's bolts. Unlock the left-side cover's latch with the ignition key, then pull it off of the frame to reveal the tool box. Unscrew the tool box's bolts with a 10 mm socket and a socket wrench. Remove the tool box from the motorcycle.
Unscrew the bolts from both lower-side covers and the chrome rear-frame covers, using a 5-mm Allen wrench. Pull the covers away from the frame to reveal the electrical box on the left side of the motorcycle. Unscrew the electrical box's bolts with a 10-mm socket, then pull the electrical box away from the frame to access the rear shock absorber's links. Do not disconnect any of the electrical box's wiring.
Loosen the nuts on the link's upper and lower bolts using a 14 mm and a 17 mm socket, respectively. Place a jack under motorcycle's engine and frame to lift it off the ground. Unscrew both bolts completely and pull the links off of the rear shock absorber and the motorcycle's frame.
Place the new lowering links against the shock absorber and slide the lower bolt into place. Loosely tighten the lower bolt's nut with a 17-mm socket wrench.
Lift the rear wheel until the lowering link's upper mounting holes are aligned with the mounting holes on the motorcycle's frame. Slide the upper mounting bolt into place and tighten the bolt's nut with a 14-mm socket. Tighten the link's upper and lower nuts to 56.5 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.
Lower the motorcycle to the ground and reinstall the electrical box, frame covers and side covers in the reverse order of removal.
Tips & Warnings
- Lowering your C50 may tighten the rear brake slightly, causing it to drag. Loosen the rear brake's adjusting nut slightly with a 12-mm wrench to alleviate this problem.
- Lowering your C50 will change the way it behaves on the road, making it easier to "bottom out" over bumps and slowing down its ability to turn quickly. Ride slowly until you become accustomed to the way the motorcycle handles to avoid an accident.
- "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
- "Suzuki VL800 Service Manual"; Suzuki Motor Corp.; 2008
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