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tire rubbing after lowering?

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  1. Ebissa
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    I have just bought an 03 1100 vstar classic. It came with a lowering kit installed. I noticed when inspecting rear tire that clearance from tire is less on the right side than on left side. The lowering kit is set in the 2nd position(not the lowest). I dont want to rub my rear tire when I ride two-up. Any suggestions on what to check other than raising the lowering kit? Thanks.

  2. fiwezdrinkmatnezz
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    Try adjusting the shock to a stiffer setting, but you will probably need to lift the bike up for 2-up.

  3. quicgmicg
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    I have just bought an 03 1100 vstar classic. It came with a lowering kit installed. I noticed when inspecting rear tire that clearance from tire is less on the right side than on left side. The lowering kit is set in the 2nd position(not the lowest). I dont want to rub my rear tire when I ride two-up. Any suggestions on what to check other than raising the lowering kit? Thanks.

    Clearance from the tire to where? Side frame? Top fender mount frame?

    If it is clearance side to side on the frame, riding 2 up shouldn't be an issue. I think all 1100's have different side to side frame clearance. Just make sure the tire is properly inflated.

    Also, when lowered, it's usually the frame that hit's itself when going over bumps, not the tire....unless you've done some radical modifications.

  4. aarona
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    I second that Mick mine is lowerd 2 1/4 in the rear and the tire WILL NOT RUB anything. The swingarm will hit the frame if i hit a BIG bump.

  5. fiwezdrinkmatnezz
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    I thought that too. However, I noticed after really slamming my bike (3 1/2 inches) that, while the swingarm does hit, there were also small gouges in the spine of the tire. It was a stock size tire. I'm a big dude, but not THAT big...
    I stiffened the shock and that took care of most of the frame contact, but there was still minor tire rubbing. I determined that it was the pillion mount bolts that are welded to the underside of the fender frame. I eliminated the pillion years ago, so I considered grinding the mounts off but decided to just lift the bike up a little (3 1/2 inch drop was a little too low, anyway).

    Maybe it depends on the brand of tire. I mentioned it was a stock size but not stock brand. Also, it was a brand new tire. The gouges were not deep at all but any tire damage is asking for trouble. I guess what I'm saying is, whatever you decide to do, keep your eye on that tire. Each bike is unique, even if it is the same model. Good luck with it.

  6. Ebissa
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    Clearance from the tire to where? Side frame? Top fender mount frame? If it is clearance side to side on the frame, riding 2 up shouldn't be an issue. I think all 1100's have different side to side frame clearance. Just make sure the tire is properly inflated. Also, when lowered, it's usually the frame that hit's itself when going over bumps, not the tire....unless you've done some radical modifications.
    My rear tire is closer to the side frame on right side than it is on left side. Is this supposed to be like this? If I bottom out it will rub the tire on the right sidwall. Any ideas?

  7. quicgmicg
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    No it won't rub, it's just the design of the swing arm and shaft drive set up that makes the tire appear to be off center. Go out and press down on the rear of the bike and watch what happens. The swing arm stays in the same place in relation to the tire. There is no way it can rub unless you are lowered 3" or more and then it will rub on the very TOP of tire......never on the side. Get me the tire size off the rear tire to make sure.

    My original post

    Originally Posted by quicgmicg

    Clearance from the tire to where? Side frame? Top fender mount frame?

    If it is clearance side to side on the frame, riding 2 up shouldn't be an issue. I think all 1100's have different side to side frame clearance. Just make sure the tire is properly inflated.

    Also, when lowered, it's usually the frame that hit's itself when going over bumps, not the tire....unless you've done some radical modifications.

  8. Ebissa
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    Ok, it does appear to be off center to the right. I will post my tire size in the morn. I believe its a 170.

  9. CruizerBruizer
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    When I got Bruiser he was lowered all the way and I had to raise him all the way because the frame was hitting the swingarm even on the smallest undulations where the sections of concrete pavement met. My big carcass was too much...tried adjusting the shock but couldn't get it to budge. Now it only hits when I'm riding two up and hit a good dent in the road.

    Good luck on remedying your hitch...

  10. quicgmicg
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    Ok, it does appear to be off center to the right. I will post my tire size in the morn. I believe its a 170.
    If it's a 170, you're just fine. Anything smaller than a 200 will be absolutely "rub free". Having a tire rub on a motorcycle is a dangerous thing, so the manufacturers build them so it is just about impossible for that to happen unless you've done some modifications a lot more serious that the 2nd hole on a lowering link.

    You should get the bike out, have the wife sit on back and cruise around the block a few times. You'll see that it won't be an issue. You may get an occasional "CLUNK" from the frame hitting the swing arm, but that is OK as long as it isn't happening all the time. If it is, just stiffen up the shock (we can get you the info to do it).

    Good luck...good riding!!!

  11. Ebissa
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    Yea, can you give me the info on stiffening the rear shock. Thanks

  12. aarona
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    if you are going to go through the trouble of seting the factory spring up i would go ahead and get a progresave spring to put on it. I am lowerd 2 1\\4 on the rear and I wish i had went with the progresave sring the first time around now I am going back in there to put one on a year later.

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