Members Rides

Custom Woodsman (2009 RE G5 EFI) by Hammarhead Industries

Members Rides

NField Gear

30 Guests, 4 Users
Ice, dvukin, dickim, chuychacon
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
May 24, 2016, 08:28:43 pm

Login with username, password and session length


Author Topic: lowering rear suspention  (Read 1413 times)


  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 799
  • Karma: 0
lowering rear suspention
« on: June 06, 2009, 09:05:55 am »
The shocks are 12" long on my 99 Bullet,  Will shorter shocks:
lower the rr suspension
affect the cornering
99 Enfield Bullet 535
a man isn't drunk,if he can lie on the floor without hanging on


  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,594
  • Karma: 0
Re: lowering rear suspention
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2009, 01:10:46 pm »
     Shorter shocks will have several effects. With the rear end lower the front will be a little more kicked out. With this change in rake and trail the handling may be a little more stable at high speed, but a little more awkward at low speed. Cornering clearance will be adversely affected also. You will scrape things sooner and harder in corners. The shorter travel will provide a harsh ride especially with an extra load such as a passenger.
     If you are trying to reach the ground easier, a solo saddle with the short, or even no springs will lower seating 1-3 inches with no adverse effect on the bike.


  • C5 Pilot
  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,990
  • Karma: 0
  • R.I.P Papa Juan, Uncle Ernie
Re: lowering rear suspention
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2009, 09:43:05 am »
I put 1" shorter rear shocks on my Bonnie, if it affected the handling it wasn't noticeable.
On the eighth day God created the C5, and it was better looking than anything on the planet.
Iron Butt Association


  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 737
  • Karma: 0
  • The world isn't beautiful, therefore it is.
Re: lowering rear suspention
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009, 09:46:01 pm »
Speaking of shocks - the snidal manual (my owner's manual hasn't arrived yet) says you can adjust the preload, but I really don't know how.  Any way to do that?  It says, for one rider, the lowest setting is appropriate, but it comes on the third setting from the factory
All hail Sir Lucas, Prince of Darkness.

When an idiot thinks it's the same as not thinking at all!


  • Kept man
  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,335
  • Karma: 1
  • Theres a last time for everything
Re: lowering rear suspention
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2009, 08:35:41 am »
Your brake rod will rub on the lower right rear strut mount. I changed to the softer springs and got a lower ride height and a much more comfortable ride.