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i want to lower my bike but am clueless as to whats involved, a rough price would be a great starting point for me to go buy and also would like to know whats involved. Im somewhat mechanically inclined but am new to bikes, is this something a guy can do himself?
 

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Not too tough...you can get shorter shocks - a lot of folks get Progressives which can be found in varying lengths. I opted for 11.5" 440s which lower the rear by about 3/4". You can slam the bike a WHOLE lot lower, but take a look at this thread by German Pete first:
http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=554999&highlight=progressive#554999

One of the more slick options out there is to go with a fat tire softail conversion with a KewlMetal BleedFeed air suspension. You can slam it for boulevard cruising or raise the rear for more aggressive riding.
http://www.hondadirectlineusa.com/vtx/product.asp?pid=5008&ID=351653224
If you don't want to go with a softail, Kewl also sells a BleedFeed system to directly replace the stock shocks...very KEWL!!!
http://www.hondadirectlineusa.com/vtx/product.asp?pid=5083&ID=351653224

http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=376249&highlight=air#376249
 

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I had my stock shocks cut down to 10.75" (thats pretty low....and stiff :lol: ) Most would probably recommend Progressive 11" or 11.5" (412's are around $200.00) I plan on eventually switching to the 412s for ride improvement over the cut-down shocks.

 

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I lowered mine quite a bit with Skullman's 10.5" shocks. The ride is a bit more harsh, but I am completely used to it by now. You can see by my photo that the drop is fairly dramatic, but I have not hit the caliper or rubbed and metal to metal. The install was a snap- four bolts. I still have the stock tire size, although I use a metz in place of the dunlop. I have been very happy with the result.
 

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OH- price around $200.
 

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thanks for the replies ill go without the fat chick though, my girls heavy in the front but it doesn't lower the bike any :shock: any idea how much it is to have the stock shocks cut? local machuine shop i'm guessing.
 

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Sons of Thunder http://www.sonsofthundermetriccycles.com will cut down the rear shocks for $67. I had mine cut down an inch plus had them expose the springs and powdercoat them so it was a little more $$. Good service and quick turn around.

Ride Safe!
 

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I also used the cut shocks and lowered mine in the rear about an inch. Do Not lower the front though. It is already too close.
 
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