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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question 2008 stock height

I have a 2008 RG I purchased from a private party. I think the bike has been lowered by the previous owner. I have to lean the bike to the right to get the kick stand down and I drag it on left turns. The front shocks "bottom out" with a solid bang on small bumps etc while riding. I took the bike to Biggs HD in San Marcos, CA and they said there is no way to determine if the bike has been lowered. Is there anyone who has an 08 with stock suspension that can give some measuring points to check my RG? Thank you for any help. Gary C
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If you have them, check with the owners manual and or service manual. They should be able to tell you the factory seat height. Heres a link for the 08 specs http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/23389/...de---FLTR.aspx

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I can measure later today but the rear shocks should measure 13" eye to eye for a standard Rg and 12" eye to eye for a custom (factory lowered) anything less is defiantly lowered. Also look at the shock mount to the swing arm it should bolting the swing arm if their is a plate with 2 or 3 mounting holes on the swing arm it has lowering kit and has also been lowered. For the fork look at the cow bells ( upper fork sliders) a stock height their is about 2-3 inches of lower fork showing before it tapers down, when lowered the cow bell is almost down to where the fork narrows. Stock ground Clarence is about 5 inches

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Thank you ralf75, I do not have the owner or service manuals yet. Thank you for the link. I will check the seat height tonight. - Gary C
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I can measure later today but the rear shocks should measure 13" eye to eye for a standard Rg and 12" eye to eye for a custom (factory lowered) anything less is defiantly lowered. Also look at the shock mount to the swing arm it should bolting the swing arm if their is a plate with 2 or 3 mounting holes on the swing arm it has lowering kit and has also been lowered. For the fork look at the cow bells ( upper fork sliders) a stock height their is about 2-3 inches of lower fork showing before it tapers down, when lowered the cow bell is almost down to where the fork narrows. Stock ground Clarence is about 5 inches

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Thank you Xaean, That is exactly the info I needed. I do not understand why the dealer could not have given me that information. I will check the measurements tonight. I will try to post a picture other than my avatar. - Gary C
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Here is a picture of the front fork. I can not see a taper but here is the measurement from cow bell to axle.
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its definitely been lowered. mine is 13-1/2 from the bottom of the cowbells to the center of the front axle.

check your rear shocks as well, i bet you either have lowering blocks or shorter than 12'' shocks as well.

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Thank you skratch. The rear shock was a little less that 13". I am not sure what lowering blocks look like, but i will lift the bike up to get a better look tomorrow. Ride safe. Gary C
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Thank you skratch. The rear shock was a little less that 13". I am not sure what lowering blocks look like, but i will lift the bike up to get a better look tomorrow. Ride safe. Gary C
lowering blocks are easy to tell if you have them on. look at the lower shock mounting bolt. if it goes to a plate that bolts to your swingarm, you have lowering blocks. if it just goes to the swingarm directly, then you don't.

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If the dealer service dept says they can't tell and you find out from folks on this forum what is correct, I would not take the bike back to that dealer.

Any Harley dealer should be able to tell if a bike has been physically altered from stock, if they can't their not worth doing business with.


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