Lowering suspension


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agedbikeman
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Lowering suspension

Post by agedbikeman » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:03 pm



Hi I'm new to this site, got my gw yesterday but suffer with short legs syndrome. Can you replace the sprung shock only for a shorter one leaving the air shock in place or do you have to replace both for shorter ones? Want lower seat but would like to keep air suspension
Grateful for any input or suggestions

Alex



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Re: Lowering suspension

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:40 pm

agedbikeman wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:03 pm
Hi I'm new to this site, got my gw yesterday but suffer with short legs syndrome. Can you replace the sprung shock only for a shorter one leaving the air shock in place or do you have to replace both for shorter ones? Want lower seat but would like to keep air suspension
Grateful for any input or suggestions

Alex
You can replace just the spring shock. The air shock adds preload only, and if there is no pressure in it, there is no support - it will easily collapse to whatever the position of the spring shock is at.

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Re: Lowering suspension

Post by agedbikeman » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:53 pm

Thanks for your helpful information, sounds like the answer to my problem, just for the record what is the standard length of a 1995 Aspencade shock so I know which length to buy. Thanks again
Best regards
Alex

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Re: Lowering suspension

Post by Rambozo » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:04 pm

agedbikeman wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:53 pm
Thanks for your helpful information, sounds like the answer to my problem, just for the record what is the standard length of a 1995 Aspencade shock so I know which length to buy. Thanks again
Best regards
Alex
A search of this site would tell you they are 13.42". (About 340 mm)

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Re: Lowering suspension

Post by joeincalif » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:43 am

lowering the bike will decrease your ground clearance, and that can be bad in the twisties. Maybe get the seat cut down or get boots with thick soles
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Re: Lowering suspension

Post by Happytrails » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:31 am

+1 big boots. I'd give that a try.
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Re: Lowering suspension

Post by 754 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:53 am

I'm short too (about 30-31 inch inseam). To make things better for me I reshaped the seat a little (with a grinder and a flap wheel) and am now able to put my feet flat on the ground now. All I did was remove some material from the horn of the seat, bringing my legs closer together. Super easy, just a little messy.


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