*This is intended for reference only. I hold no responsibility for damages or injury as a result of you using this guide.
There are multiple brands of lowering kits. This is only one of them.
- [li]17mm socket[/li]
[li]5mm allen wrench[/li]
Remove the lower belt guard (optional).
This step isn't entirely necessary, but it makes it easier to visualize what you're doing. Using the 5mm allen wrench, unscrew the allen bolts depicted below. Place the screws and washers in a safe place.
Remove the link nuts using the crescent wrench and the 17mm socket wrench. Keep the nuts and washers in a safe place. You will use these again.
Remove the OEM Hardware
This step takes a little finessing. No it isn't hard. But you need to raise and lower the bike using the bike jack to take weight off the bolts and you need to maneuver the bolts a special way to get them in and out.
a. Once the weight is off the bolts, simply remove the left side dog bone. You'll notice that you don't have enough room to remove either of the bolts just by pulling them out. The bottom one has the frame in the way and the top one has the coolant reservoir in the way. Here I want you to notice the bolt sleeve that the bolt sits inside of, pictured below.
b. to remove the lower bolt, you need to pull the bolt out half way to the right, apply downward pressure to the head of the bolt and while applying pressure move the bolt back to the left. The bolt sleeve should pop out enough to grab and remove.
Now you have enough wiggle room to remove the lower bolt.
c. to remove the upper bolt, lower the bike enough for the bolt to clear the top of the coolant reservoir. Once it's low enough, it will pull straight out. Removing the bolt sleeve isn't necessary here.
(Guardian bell pictured above, thanks Toby!)
Install Lowering Links.
a. Install the new links with the top bolt in the orientation pictured below. Hand tighten.
b. Reinsert the lower bolt through the right link and into the lower shock bracket. Reinstall bolt sleeve into shock bracket and feed the bolt all the way though to the left lowering link. Hand tighten the nut.
It should look like this before you put the nut on. The bolt needs to rest in the rear slot for the 1" drop. Front slot for the 2.25" drop
c. When the nuts are hand tight, fully lower the bike off the jack. Double check placement of the bolt and slots. It has the tendency to automatically move to the 2.25" position when you lower the jack.
d. Tighten the nuts to 36 ft/lb for the top bolt and 35 ft/lb for the bottom bolt.
Reinstall Lower Belt Guard