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  1. silverfox39
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    The '02 1100 Custom I bought has been lowered and I'm thinking about raising it's stance because it has a tendency to "bottom out" too often. I have three adjustments that can be made and I'm wondering how difficult it is to do this. The shock has already been adjusted, but didn't seem to help very much. I'd appreciate hearing from someone who has done this in the past.

  2. kamezbanger
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    I deal with the same thing, but it is not hurting the bike and I ride one up so I am leaving it that way.

  3. adomzdvinz
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    Depends on which lowering kit you have. If you have the slots, it is very easy. Just loosen the proper bolt and jack the bike up enough to move the dogbones. If not, you have to pull the bolt completely out.

  4. silverfox39
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    I don't have the slots, so I'll have to pull the bolts out completely. Is this going to be a major project?

    Thanks for your help.

  5. wzdartan
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    I havn't done it myself, but I've read that it is not too bad. I've read that you will need to jack the rear of the bike up untill there is a "nuetral" load on the rear suspension. This will eliminate any "pinching" of the dogbone bolts. If the bolts are not pinched, they should slide right out. You may have to raise or lower the jack a bit to acheive this.
    Just as a side note, one option would be to replace the stock spring with a different spring. Your problem is a common one amongst those who have lowered their bikes and are bigger guys, or ride two up a lot.
    I believe a Road Star spring can be used, or you can purchase a 1250 lb. progressive spring from P.C.S. (I think the Road Star spring is 800 lb.). This seems to solve the problem for most guys.
    If you would go with a different spring...DO NOT TRY TO CHANGE IT OUT YOURSELF!!!!!!! This is very dangerous. Take the shock assembly to the dealership, or a suspension shop that has the proper tools to do this. The cost is not much and certainly worth avoiding a serious injury! Hope this helps and good luck!
    Dan

  6. fupar
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    I deal with the same thing, but it is not hurting the bike and I ride one up so I am leaving it that way.
    kamezbanger,
    You just want that "hemorroid" feeling when it bottoms out.

  7. fupar
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    ...DO NOT TRY TO CHANGE IT OUT YOURSELF!!!!!!! This is very dangerous...
    wzdartan is right. Take a look at the following link. I posted this shortly after my brother and I installed my PCS spring. We didn't have a spring compression tool, or any of the proper tools required to do this safely. It's surprising that I didn't lose any fingers. It could have gotten real nasty.

    http://www.ymhmotoboard.com/topic/very-dangerous-stupid-procedure

    I'm not showing you the link so that you can do it my way. My way got it done, but was very stupid on my part for even attempting it in this manner. I am trying to instill in you what wzdartan is saying. Either have someone help you do this job that knows what needs to be done, or please take it to a shop.

    With all that being said, I believe you'll enjoy the ride a whole lot more with a new spring. Look at the bright side. A new spring doesn't cost too much. You install one, and if that doesn't fix your problem, then at least this is one problem you won't be having for a long, long time.

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