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Offline ZG

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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #60 on: July 09, 2013, 11:02:25 am »
I think that Fred has one over at his website.

Gotta link C?  ???

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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #61 on: July 09, 2013, 11:04:29 am »
Gotta link C?  ???

No, I would have pasted it in if I had one. I was just looking at a pic of the newer oil pans but I can't remember where in the heck it was at. 
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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #62 on: July 09, 2013, 12:35:13 pm »
No, I would have pasted it in if I had one. I was just looking at a pic of the newer oil pans but I can't remember where in the heck it was at.


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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #63 on: July 09, 2013, 12:50:29 pm »
I don't know if this is the picture being referred to, but it's a pic of Murph's oil filter protector
on Fred's '10 C14, and it shows the drain bolt pretty clearly.
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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #64 on: July 09, 2013, 01:35:13 pm »
I don't know if this is the picture being referred to, but it's a pic of Murph's oil filter protector
on Fred's '10 C14, and it shows the drain bolt pretty clearly.
double click for full size:


That's the one I was thinking of!
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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #65 on: July 09, 2013, 04:27:32 pm »
I don't know if this is the picture being referred to, but it's a pic of Murph's oil filter protector
on Fred's '10 C14, and it shows the drain bolt pretty clearly.
double click for full size:


Perfect, that's exactly what I wanted to see, thanks FM!  :chugbeer:

In looking at my 09 the drain plug hangs down even further than my exhaust, so I think if I do this I'll also try the oil pan swap as well to gain an inch more of clearance.  :thumbs: :)

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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #66 on: July 09, 2013, 05:06:17 pm »
ZG, why not use the muzzy lowering links? [...] get about 1" or 1.5" lowering.

In my case it was exactly 1".  Not 1.25, not 1.5".  Measured carefully several times.
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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #67 on: July 09, 2013, 05:08:08 pm »
I think regardless of which lowering link is used it might be a good idea to at the same time swap oil pans (if they're a direct swap) since from what I've heard the drain plug on the 10+ was put in another spot that minimizes it catching on things. Looking underneath my 09 it looks like the drain plug and drain plug guard hangs down lower than the exhaust, having the bike be even lower with a link means that would be the first thing to scrape, and it broke off would obviously be a very bad thing...  :-\

I tend to agree with your assessment.  I have driven many thousands of miles, lowered 1" (back AND FRONT, of course) with the Muzzy links and have never hit anything yet (and I have driven some REALLY bad roads with lots of huge irregularities).  But mine is a 2nd gen.  If the pan is compatible and not overpriced, I think replacing it would be a good idea.
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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #68 on: July 09, 2013, 05:12:56 pm »
If the pan is compatible and not overpriced, I think replacing it would be a good idea.

I'm only gonna do it if it's overpriced...  ;)


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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #69 on: July 09, 2013, 06:00:28 pm »
I'm only gonna do it if it's overpriced...  ;)


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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #70 on: July 10, 2013, 04:28:12 am »
I'm only gonna do it if it's overpriced...  ;)


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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #71 on: July 10, 2013, 10:29:05 am »
Under $150? You better buy two J.    ;)

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Ok, I just ordered up the 10+ pan, gasket, Muzzys link, and that adjustable side stand I posted the other day. It's worth a try I guess, first time I've ever done a link on any bike I've ever had, and I've had more than a dozen... :-\

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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #72 on: July 10, 2013, 11:30:36 am »
I've done it on almost every bike I have had. Links and risers from "Precision Engineering" will be here in two days.

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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #73 on: July 19, 2013, 06:17:49 pm »
In looking at my 09 the drain plug hangs down even further than my exhaust, so I think if I do this I'll also try the oil pan swap as well to gain an inch more of clearance.  :thumbs: :)


Ok, so to clarify on this I was wrong...  :-[

When I was looking at my plug the bike was on the side stand, and from that angle it looked to me like the drain plug hung down lower than my exhaust...




So I ordered up the 10+ pan and gasket, but took it in today for install and once upright we realized I was wrong and that it was just the odd angle I was looking at it when on the side stand...  :-[

This pic is while the bike is straight up and you can clearly see that the exhaust hangs down lower than the drain plug, my bad...  :-[




Good thing is I didn't need the 10+ pan and gasket, so didn't have to pay for em, saved me a couple Benji's.  :)

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Re: Lowering the bike/seat
« Reply #74 on: July 19, 2013, 06:30:08 pm »
Ok, I just ordered up the 10+ pan, gasket, Muzzys link, and that adjustable side stand I posted the other day. It's worth a try I guess, first time I've ever done a link on any bike I've ever had, and I've had more than a dozen... :-\


Installed today!  :thumbs: :thumbs:

Wow I'm really shocked coming home what a difference just an inch made, coming to the first couple stops I literally was stubbing toes doing my normal what I'm use to feet down approach! After a couple more stops got that all in order and am very pleased! I used to be only on tip toes, now I'm solid on the balls of my feet, feels great and much more sturdy and comfy!  :)

The adjustable side stand I posted the link to arrived and I was less than impressed in the quality of it, so I sent it back for refund.

I opted to go with the PE 1" lower side stand, quality product and well built IMO, looks great!  :thumbs:

http://www.preeng.com/xcart/1-Shorter-Billet-Kickstand.html









And for the links I went with the Muzzys, the gold goes nicely with the Ohlins gold.  8) :thumbs:

http://www.muzzys.com/concours14/concours14_links/index.html