Thursday, April 26, 2012

Roadie Flip and Grind

Today we talk about of to lower a Road Star for Free. Yup Free and it only took me thirty minutes and some basic tools. After looking at Barons lowering kit with the replacement knuckle i remembered something about flipping the stock one and making room for the spring to move. Ill add some pics later but here's the rundown:

  1. Jack the bike up. I used a floor jack under the frame and jacked it up till the rear wheel was just off the ground.
  2. As you lay on the floor you will see the shock, knuckle in the rear and a couple bars that run parallel to the shock and mount to the same bolt in the front.
  3. Remove the horn with a 10mm socket from the left side of the bike. 
  4. Remove the the 2 long bolts holding the knuckle to the swing arm and shock to frame.
  5. Slide the shock out and head to the work bench.
  6. Remove the knuckle from the shock completely and clean it pretty good (cause you may never touch it again)
  7. Lube the pins, flip the knuckle and install it back together with bottom of the shock first.
  8. At this point you wont be able to get the shock bolt into it as this is where the fun starts with the grinder. I used a beefy cutoff wheel and started with a notch at the point of contact to the spring base. Basically grind a little and test fit the bolt till it slides in and knuckle clears the spring. I like to smooth rough edges as this is were things tend to crack so i gave it a nice smooth radius and wire brushed it smooth.
  9. Bolt the whole assembly back to the bike using the stock bolts and washers and mount the horn.
  10. Your done... now bask in the glory of your FREE 2 inch drop!
Bonus steps only for the real gear heads:
  1. Open door to shop.
  2. Start bike and let it warm up for a minute.
  3. Sit on seat, pull in clutch, shift to first, hold front brake, twist throttle and dump the clutch.
  4. Note wife's look on her face through the smoke and be afraid!  
Before pic

After pic

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