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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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2017 Ultra : Iv gotta lower this baby 1.5" or 2"

So, Im short, I have a 32" inseam, and even with the low seat Im not flat footed while sitting. I spent about an hour at the dealer today, and they said there was nothing available... Yet... to do that for me. Unless I bought the RGS rear shocks that are 1" lower in the rear... for $900. I will most likely go aftermarket for a better ride, and more options.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I had progressives in the front of my FXCW, and lowering bolts in the rear. I want to do a level 1-2" drop front and rear so I Can reach the ground.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-02-2017, 01:57 AM
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First of all, welcome to the site. I would be pleased with a 32inch inseam. Mine is around 29-30 and I'm 5'7.

I didn't have too much of an issue with the bike as it was factory. I only ever put one foot down and keep the other on the floorboard. I did send my seat to 'Mean City Cycle' and had it worked on. I was primarily looking for comfort but told him if it could be lowered any, without compromising comfort, to do so. It was lowered probably an inch, maybe more, but the other big difference is that he narrowed the nose of the seat, allowing an easier reach to the ground. I think this would be a good place to start.
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There are plenty of take off shocks for sale cheap. EBay and on the forums. But for 700 you can get 940's. I just put the progressive mono tubes in the front with them dropped an inch. And I have a special. So it's really low now. That combo will make ya flat footed. I have a short 34" inseam. I'm past flat footed. That's with the Hammock seat. Not a lot profile seat.

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I personally would try to not lower it. Im 5'6" and had a hard time backing up etc. I put the lowering kit on it. Im thinking 1 1/2 in lowering kit in the rear. It helped but I scrape on hard left hand turns and that just bugs the crap out of me. No problem laying it down on right hand turns. Im also scraping pulling out of some parking lots with high curbs. Before you do anything I would put a little seat time on the bike and get used to it. I had hell at first with the weight of the bike and close quarter maneuvering. Im 140lbs on an 800 plus pound bike made parking lots a little challenging.lol one time I had to get an older lady to help me back the bike up so I could get turned around. A little embarrassing but a good learning experience. I couldnt get away with the stuff I used to with my 8Ball. Go Ride Enjoy and Good luck.
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I personally would try to not lower it. Im 5'6" and had a hard time backing up etc.
Reach back and grab the top of the rear crash bar with your left hand, it makes the bike feel a lot less iffy while backing up. The front might try to flop a bit steering with only one hand, but I usually try to only backup completely straight or at full lock.

It's quite easy once you get used to it (I'm 5' 9' with a 32" inseam - bike is stock height).

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If you decide to try and lower the rear. You can pick up a lowering kit on e bay for about $30 shipped. It will allow a 1"-2" drop. I know of about 4 or 5 guys who are using this kit. And they like it. And if it does not work for you. You are only out $30. JMO
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Someone was selling the 12" hand adjustable Special shocks a few days ago in the forum's classifieds for 2 bills.

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This talk reminds me of an old Randy Newman song.....

With a 32" inseam, I'm surprised that there is an issue. I have a 30" inseam and raised my bike and still flat foot it with a Mustang seat that is NOT low profile. Agree with the other posters that suggested looking at your seat before lowering the ride. Cranking the big beast over in the corners is too much fun! But, a quality suspension will really improve your ride.
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Tamarac lowering blocks in the rear, Progressive springs -1" in front, lowers the bike and gives a better ride. Total cost just under $200.
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