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I cant touch the ground
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Share your modifications both the ones that worked and ones not worth doing.
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I cant touch the ground 8 years, 1 month ago #36

Hey Guys
Im a bit of a shorty only 5'7 and I was a little worried about the height of the Drz so instead of getting a lowering linkage
I got a guy at custom motor trimmers in fyshwick to take out just over 40mm off my seat and got him to recover it in fact it looks better and way more control of the bike
I also lowered the forks through the trees 10mm just a little to get the height I needed

Re:I cant touch the ground 8 years ago #72

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nice work on the seat there mate. I'm a bit short too. it's fine on the road, but I want to be able to touch the ground better for riding single track.
How much did they charge you to shave your seat?

Re:I cant touch the ground 8 years ago #73

Hey _liam_
It cost $50 to shave it and put the cover back on but a few weeks ago I came across a GRIPPER Black seat cover on ebay for $30 and had them put that on for the same cost
Looks way better in black

Re:I cant touch the ground 8 years ago #74

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great thanks mate. I can't decide if I should get a low gel seat (so I can leave the original seat untouched for re-sale) or just shave my original seat.
I definitely need to do something about it though. I went and rode some twisty ST last weekend and it would be much more fun if I could touch the ground better!

Re:I cant touch the ground 7 years, 11 months ago #189

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Hi Guys,
I am about 5'6" so I also experience the same problem. This long weekend my girl and I were riding some open trails, single tracks and technical stuff. She pulled up at the bottom of a technical climb to assess how to attack it, I pulled up beside her, put my foot down in a hole, went down and took her out with me. As you could imagine I wasn't to popular. Can't wait till my gel seat arrives. I should have it in a week. Will report on how it goes.

Re:I cant touch the ground 7 years, 10 months ago #338

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I would be interested in seeing some pics of a modified seat if anyone has any. I am thinking about doing the same, as the lowering link I bought didn’t work out. My concern with cutting the seat foam will current seating position increase the bend in my knees in the seated position, and although I am short, I would not like to be any more cramped.
I got hold of an SM seat, and interestingly, it is 2cm lower in the thicker section (where you sit), but I will modify the existing seat as there is a slight tear in the stitching I need to fix, so it is a good excuse. I am planning on taking 40 – 50mm out of the thicker section.
The lowering link I got (2”), while I was happy with the construction, it did not suit the current suspension in the bike. I am 172cm (about 5’7”) and was flat footed on the ground. This is probably a bit too much, I like to be on my toes a little – as I find it a good compromise for the tight single trails with holes, bumps and ruts etc. With standard height I can only get the tip-toes of one foot on the ground With the link in, the bike bottomed over 50cm – 75mm wash outs, the rebound was noticeably faster and sharper in action. I figured out (though should have thought about this more before buying it) that with the link in, the rear suspension is using less of the lower section of the spring (the tighter would harder section). This results in severe bottoming, but not the shock, the tyre hits the subframe (and can result in some wiring tasks when you get home). The positive is I felt more in control of the bike – I found that I wasn’t riding the bike side saddle any more, and being closer to the ground, the dab was more effective. I am a novice (25 year novice) but still a novice no less.
I have ordered a 1” lowering link, and will report on that when I get some ride time on it. I should be able to adjust a few things but it will still be a compromise.

Re:I cant touch the ground 7 years, 10 months ago #340

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I've been thinking about this also as I'm only about 5'6" and I struggle to get the tip toes on the ground. Sometimes I really have to think ahead in where I'm pulling up. Whilst I haven't ordered one yet, I was wonderig how hard it is to put the lowering link in? Do you need any special tools? Any tricks to it? Also, what do they cost?

Re:I cant touch the ground 7 years, 10 months ago #345

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The link costs between $35 - $40AUD including post off ebay (from the US). They are easy to fit, but you need a bike stand / milk crate and some packing to put under the rear tyre. Tools required (from memory) are a 17mm ring spanner,17mm socket and ratchet a hammer and a drift. You will also require some marine or GP grease to put back on the bolts when you install the new links.

You need to use the bushes out of the standard links - so you will need to press or tap these out (I tapped them out using a step drift - you may be able to use a socket. I applied loctite bearing locker to the bushes when I put them in the new link (there are a few reasons to do this but the bolt should rotate inside the bush - not the bush rotate in the link).

I applied grease to the bolts when I fitted them, but check them for corrosion before refitting them (use emery cloth or sand paper to clean them up). I also applied a dab of thread locker to the bolt thread as the nylock nuts aren't as good as they were when new.

The only thing to be aware of it to support the rear wheel (with packing) and be careful when tappping the bolts out as the forward one can hit the chain.

Check the rear light / blinker wiring to ensure that if the bike does bottom (the rear wheel will hit the guard before the shock will bottom with a lowering link fitted) the wiring won't be severed by the rear wheel....or at least minimise this chance as much as possible.

Re:I cant touch the ground 7 years, 10 months ago #353

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susuki themselfs do a low gel seat ,,, check it out on there website
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