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These are V-Star 1300 links from Dennis kirk. part # 583525 $52. When I resized the pics, they turned out goofy. Oh well.

Tools Needed
17mm wrenches (2) A gearwrench works super Awesome
Long Punch

One extra person (to help balance the bike and to lift the rear up and down)

If you want to pull the shock Bolt out (you don't Have to)
19mm wrench
14mm Socket and Ratchet

Step 1: Raise the Bike up. If you don't have a lift, I wouldn't Advise doing it at all.

Step 2: Pull the nuts off of the bolts that go through the links. 17mm. Yes they are super tight! Use a cheater wrench if you need to.

Step 3: Get a helper (to lift the swing arm and tire Up) or stick a long 2x4 between the tire and the ground. (see pic) Wiggle and pry the Left outer Link off. You can disconnect the shock if you want, but you cant get the bolt out because it hits the right link. I twisted the bottom of my shock 180 degrees and reinstalled the bolt so its easy to get out if need be.

Step 4: The lower bolt needs to come out first. It will not Come out all of the way UNLESS you tap it out a bit, (use a long punch or pry with a screwdriver) and grab the inner pin bushing and pull the bishing out to the left an inch. The lower bolt will NOT come out unless you do this. It hits the right side frame. (see pic)
You will need to wiggle the swing arm up and down to wiggle the lower bolt out.

Step 5: Upper Bolt removal. Lift the Swing arm/tire up high enough so that the upper bolt clears the Coolant reservoir. Stack a couple 2x4's between the tire and Ground to hold it up. Then you can pull the upper bolt out. YAY!

****Now is the perfect time to tighten up the spring**** See added instructions below

Step 6: Exactly in reverse. Install the Right link starting with the Top bolt installed. READ the directions with the link kit or refer to my pics.

Step 7: Install the lower bolt into the desired lowering position. Mine I did the 2 inch lowered setting. Make sure the pin bushing is sticking out still, otherwise you cant get the bolt in due to hitting the frame. Again, lift the swing arm/tire up to wiggle the stuff in.

Step 8: Put the Left link on. (Super easy!)

Step 9: Tighten the heck out of the bolts. Done! :)

It may be a bit fun getting the lift back out due to the Lowered Frame.

If you aren't comfortable trying to balance the bike etc, have someone help! Its not worth tipping your $11k bike over cause you think you can do it. Accidents do happen.









 

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So, when you have the Stock links off, its the Perfect time to tighten up the shock preload. You need your two fancy tools that came with your accessory tool kit. No other way to do it with out them, so if you need them, borrow or get yours from the dealer! I adjusted mine clockwise, two steps from the max setting. you can tell by looking from the sides. It helps if you pull the small plastic cover off the right above the O2 Sensor. Its where you fill the coolant reservoir btw.

Ok, the links are off. Drop the Swing arm/tire down, way down. It will give you lots of room to access the adjustment on the shock. I have no idea how you would get to it any other way. Turn it Clockwise (looking at it from the Rear) I adjusted mine from the right side of the bike.



 

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megabuddys said:
I will have a review in a different thread.

Highly advised to tighten that Spring tension up.
Cool, I just ordered them, hopefully they will be here Friday.... weekend project..lmao
 

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seydel2001 said:
I just Lower Mine Fri Got the Links from Pacific coast. Theirs you don't have to remove the bolt to adjust them. Lowers the bike 1" to 2 1/4 " Cost is 49 and they took me about 20 mins to install.
That looks awesome! Any difference in the handling or tire rubbing issues?
 

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None on mine, I had my wife drive and i sat my fat ass on the back and we went and hit some bumps. Rides Great
 

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One of my buds that has a V star 1300 told me to NOT buy the slotted links, he broke a set. Maybe not a common thing, but I don't want to take the chance. The easy adjust-ability sounds sweet, but not if they can break!
 

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megabuddys said:
One of my buds that has a V star 1300 told me to NOT buy the slotted links, he broke a set. Maybe not a common thing, but I don't want to take the chance. The easy adjust-ability sounds sweet, but not if they can break!
I wonder if they were install Correctly (tight). Other wise they just act as jack hammers. or did the guy get air born off something. Ive seen these on several bike and no one has had anything bad to say.
 
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