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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2014, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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What would going 1 inch lower on my front end do?

I am contemplating changing out the springs in my front forks on my 11 RGU. I am hoping to improve the ride / handling plus maybe get a little better footing.

Would going with 1 inch lower fork springs on an otherwise stock suspension hurt anything?


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If you're going 1" lower, I would seriously consider monotubes.

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Monotubes will improve handling, lower is up to you if need it for better reach or bigger wheel. The stock and lower set ride same. Use to have stock switched to 1 inch lower can't tell any different on performance.


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Wouldn't some of the new springs also improve handling?

The improved reach will also be beneficial to me.

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Wouldn't some of the new springs also improve handling?

The improved reach will also be beneficial to me.
the improved ride quality of the monotubes are what you are looking for. I have them installed in my bike, 1" lower, cooler look, much better ride, no front end brake dive, and for you it'll get you closer to the ground for added reach.

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What would going 1 inch lower on my front end do?

i dont think you will get a better ride or handling by lower springs in the front on your ultra, but it will slightly help with better footing. i have hd lowering springs in my front for the last 4 years on my custom but just switched to progressive monotubes lowering cartridges. your rear end may be a little higher, and the monotubes lowered my front more than an inch(much lower than the lowering springs) using the suggested 3 clips for a one inch lower stance. i also have the cvo adjustable lower shocks on the rear.
im so much happier with the monotubes. no more brake dive. much tighter handling

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Monotubes my custom handles like it is on rails in conjunction with my Legend Revo shocks.Springs alone won't do it .
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I am thinking I will go with the standard height monotubes. I have read that many people say it slightly lowers the front end. If that happens I will consider it a bonus.

You have all confirmed what I have been finding while reading countless treads about the monotubes. Increased comfort and much better feel from the front end when you are pushing it beyond a slow ride in the country. There is nothing worse than hitting the breaks or going into a turn where there are some bumps and having the front end feel like its going 20 different directions on you all at the same time.

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I run the stock height mono tubes. I did not take before and after measurements but consider lowering the front end to be for looks only. A lower front end will decrease cornering clearance and fork travel. Granted the mono tube will ride much better than stock. This is solely my opinion as most people here like to lower their front ends, but less travel means less ability to soak up bumps, does it not?

I lowered my softail and immediately noticed the lees travel although the different springs and Ricor intiminators made a difference next time I decided I would do stock height.
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