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11-17-2013, 04:48 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-17-2013, 07:27 PM by 2Woofs.)
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1300 lowering kit -- Done!
This thread is not directions for anyone to use on how to lower a v star; it is for information only on what I did. Please contact Pacific Coast Star for proper directions.
I ordered a lowering kit from Pacific Coast Star (www.pacificcoaststar.com) for my 1300 v star for $49.00 and installed it myself within an hour.
    Single hole is the top. The longer slot will lower 2 1/4", shorter slot lowers 1"
I did not video it because I don't have a video camera or smart phone and wouldn't know how to put it on here even if I did.
I did take pictures. uh, after the fact, duh!
The installation took me about an hour but would take an experienced person much less time.
Here's how I did it:
I stood the bike upright and put wood under it for support and stabilization.
   
I used a 5mm allen wrench to remove the bottom belt guard.
   
I used a small jack under a silver thing to take pressure off the bolts.
Using a 17mm ratchet with a breaker bar I loosened the left side (kickstand side) top nut. I did not remove it.
Then I loosened the bottom nut but did not remove it.
I removed the top nut and pushed the top bolt halfway thru to the right side, I let the dog bone swing down out of the way then slid a Phillips screw driver through the hole and pushed the bolt the rest of the way out wiggling the bolt out from around the plastic box on the right side, letting the dog bone swing down out of the way ( I used the screw driver to hold the silver thing in place).
    Plastic Box and silver thing
I put the top bolt through the hole of the new right side dog bone making sure the long slot on the bottom was facing toward the front of the bike.
I pushed the bolt through the silver thing which pushed the screw driver out, I put the left side dog bone on the bolt along with the nut.
I removed the bottom nut.
as I removed the bottom bolt halfway to the right the left side original dog bone fell off, I slid the screw driver in the hole pushing the bolt the rest of the way out allowing the right side original dog bone to fall off.
I slid the bottom bolt through the long slot on the new dog bone and continued pushing the bolt through the bottom of the silver thing and the screw driver out. I then slid the bolt through the long slot of the left side new dog bone.
   
I tightened the bottom nut and top nut, lowered the jack and removed the supports.
project done.
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11-18-2013, 02:48 AM,
#2
RE: 1300 lowering kit -- Done!
@2Woofs love the terminology and the description of the work. Excellent! Now, how about a report on how it rides and handles please? With photos of course, I agree with you about Smartphones etc.

Gibbo
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11-18-2013, 12:19 PM,
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RE: 1300 lowering kit -- Done!
(11-18-2013, 02:48 AM)Gibbo Wrote: @2Woofs love the terminology and the description of the work. Excellent! Now, how about a report on how it rides and handles please? With photos of course, I agree with you about Smartphones etc.

Gibbo
I used the longer slot which lowered it 2 1/4". I live in Michigan so riding now (for me anyway) is limited. I have ridden it about 25 miles since lowering it and as long as I avoid the potholes the only difference I notice is when I take corners aggressively I scrape the floorboards.
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11-19-2013, 04:34 AM,
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1300 lowering kit -- Done!
@2Woofs, have you ridden with a passenger? If so, did you notice a significant difference in the balance or top-heavy feel? I would love to hear that it would be worth it for this reason.
There is great need for a sarcasm font.
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12-08-2013, 01:07 PM,
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RE: 1300 lowering kit -- Done!
(11-19-2013, 04:34 AM)SnaykByte Wrote: @2Woofs, have you ridden with a passenger? If so, did you notice a significant difference in the balance or top-heavy feel? I would love to hear that it would be worth it for this reason.

No I haven ridden 2 up. I ride solo!
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03-27-2016, 03:20 PM,
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RE: 1300 lowering kit -- Done!
I used the same kit but only did the 1" drop. I have ridden 2 up and noticed a little issue of bottoming but after that trip I adjusted the spring setting to 4 ( was at 3 ) and no issues since. It sits lower so yes turning lean is reduced but otherwise I have seen no negative issues. I'm more comfortable at lights..handles a little nicer I would say and easier for passengers to get on and off. :) Worth it IMO.
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