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Can anyone explain how to install the Low and Mean Fork caps. They have a video for the Honda Furry for there Fork Extenders but that looks like a differnt product and different instal. Low and Mean has not been much help. Can not belive they ship a product with no instructions. I do not want to start tearing into something and get in over my head. Says it is an easy instal but like to know a bit what I am in for.
 

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I bought these as well.

L&M wants you to drop the forks 1/2" in the top triple tree, then place the new cap on top of the fork and retighten the tree.

I will not do it this way as it will through the geometry off.

I plan--over the winter--to drill some small holes in the new caps and fasten them with set screws to the existing caps. Not 100% sure just how yet.
 

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I bought these as well.

L&M wants you to drop the forks 1/2" in the top triple tree, then place the new cap on top of the fork and retighten the tree.

I will not do it this way as it will through the geometry off.

I plan--over the winter--to drill some small holes in the new caps and fasten them with set screws to the existing caps. Not 100% sure just how yet.
Not only through the geometry off but to me thats a bit of a safty issue.
 

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Yea, I think I figured it out. Very strange but seems to be working ok. The stock caps screw and the Low and Mean are held in place by tention. One question though still remains. The stock caps have O-rings. Not sure if I am supposed to use the under the Low and Mean caps or if the just rest against the metal. Anyone wanting to intal these caps make sure the are snug against the fork. My first try on the test ride oil started leaking out from the top of the fork. This is why I wish they would have at least some kind of instructions. I mean I hate to be a complainer but for the money for some machined caps you think a bit of customer service would come with it. But it does look good now that they are on.
 

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That's right, you should only need to drop the forks down 3/8 or less. We tested these on our custom bikes with great success. The top tree is for stability and the bottom tree handles all the stress. You should not remove or loosen the stock fork caps. Please at anytime don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding our products we would be glad to help.
As for the geometry your not really changing much, but if your worried about what the change does; Lifting the front of the bike will improve straight line stability and also break the wind better, you'll also improve ground clearance, so the pegs will scrap less. If anything negative the steering might feel heavier while at very low speeds. BUT again the change is so small you'll never notice. Lowering the rear with a slight raise in the front and a fat tire will make these Strykers ride very nice.
Thanks for your interest, please let us know if you have any questions, we are here to help you guys.
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Wow, see a simple set of instruction like that would have been nice. I removed the stock caps. No wonder it leaked. I sent and e-mail with no response and you expect customers to call a non tol free number after spending money on your products. I really hate to complain and admit I probly should not have tried to install the caps without completly understading how to. Guess I was just excited. But still I really can not belive there is not even a simple page of instructions like this on the web site. I mean if I had those instructions it would have made it much simpler.
 

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Wow, see a simple set of instruction like that would have been nice. I removed the stock caps. No wonder it leaked. I sent and e-mail with no response and you expect customers to call a non tol free number after spending money on your products. I really hate to complain and admit I probly should not have tried to install the caps without completly understading how to. Guess I was just excited. But still I really can not belive there is not even a simple page of instructions like this on the web site. I mean if I had those instructions it would have made it much simpler.
Your right, you should of got instructions, we usually have this covered on all of our products. In fact we even do video installs. Some how this item got over looked. Sorry you didn't reach us, we are always here and if you have any further question please email or call us again. Thank you for your patience with our product.
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Ok after looking at the Stryker Manual and the limited L&M directions I figured it out and Yes it is very easy with a few directions. I got both bikes done so quickly with the help of my wife that I didn't get any pictures. But I'll describe it as best I can.

First off: DO NOT LOOSEN THE STOCK CAPS!!!!

There is a top triple tree and a lower triple tree. The top tree is right below the stock caps, and the lower tree is just below the front turn signal lights. On the side of each tree there are two pinch bolts (so 8 total, two top, two bottom, on each side).

1. Start off by loosening all eight bolts with the appropriate size allen wrench.
2. Using a jack, lift the front wheel off the ground. At this point the front fork assemblies will be free to move within the triple trees, but they will only move ever so slightly.
3. Place a rag over the stock cap and lightly hit the top of the stock bolt with a hammer to push it down.
4. Alternate hitting both sides of the stock bolt until the top of the stock bolt is about 1/4" to 3/8" below the top of the top triple tree.
5. Place the L&M cap on top of the stock caps. At this point the L&M cap will be inserted into the top triple tree. Make sure both caps are the same height from the top of the top triple tree. I measured from the top of the tree to the kink point in the cone caps.
6. Retighten all eight bolts.
7. Release the jack and retighten the bolts.
8. Done!

The pinch bolts put pressure on the caps and keep them in place. You are raising the front end of the bike but it is minimal.
I did the second bike in less than 1/2 hour. It is very simple with a few directions.
 

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It may sound like a lot but it really isn't. I just gave all the information I can since there are no written instructions to do this. Since I'm new to the modifications, I try to list all the information I would like to see if someone else were giving me tips. There are a lot of experienced people on the forum, but there area also a lot of newbies. If I can help out the next person make it easier, then I accomplished my goal. I'm a structural engineer, so I pay a lot of attention to details!
 

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J&K said:
It may sound like a lot but it really isn't. I just gave all the information I can since there are no written instructions to do this. Since I'm new to the modifications, I try to list all the information I would like to see if someone else were giving me tips. There are a lot of experienced people on the forum, but there area also a lot of newbies. If I can help out the next person make it easier, then I accomplished my goal. I'm a structural engineer, so I pay a lot of attention to details!
Thank you for bringing attention to this, man I have no good excuse, I'm just overwhelmed. I tried to update our site with a little more info for you guys. Sorry we are so behind the ball on this one and other products. But thank you for your continued support and understanding.
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No problem Chris. We just appreciate your support for the Stryker. I'm sure these fork caps are a no brainer to anyone that has worked on bikes. But to people like me...being my first bike doing mods....we need some help for the obvious. I'm sure if anyone does a search and finds my information post, it will take a lot of questions out of doing it.

Your videos...like the lowering spring...help tremendously.

Keep up the good work. I actually took the chin scoops that I just got from you to my friend today that owns his own auto body repair shop for painting. He was really inpressed with the quality of the fiberglass work. He said he has seen other similar items that just looked terrible.

Thanks for putting out good quality products!
 

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Hey J&K,
Nice write up, I seen these on their web and was wondering how to install. Now with your instructions I could do this. KISS - keep it simple stupid, always works for me.
Thanks
 

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Glad to help Craig. They are very simple with a few instructions. I'm sure anyone that has worked on bikes before it's a no brainer. But the first timers it could be a little intimidating. They do look good when installed! L&M had them on their last group buy for half prcie. L&M said they will do another group buy later in the year. So keep an eye open if you are in no hurry.
 
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