Lowering kit

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Lowering kit

TrapperAH1G
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April 25th, 2018, 11:51 am #1

Just ordered a kit from ebay that's supposed to lower the T 1" to 1.5" .  Thought about changing shocks, but my OEM's are in good shape.  I extended the fork tubes up 3/4" when I did the forks....didn't seem to make any difference on my seat height.  Rides just fine, can't tell any difference in that.  I'm actually ok with the original height when riding alone (just a little stretch to flatfoot both feet), but want a bit more "control" for 2 up with my precious cargo.

Anyone have experience with lowering kits?  Will let all know how it goes after install.

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cds11
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April 25th, 2018, 8:05 pm #2

I've never heard of a lowering kit for the T. I lowered mine by getting shorter progressive springs in the rear and doing the same as you did with the front fork tubes. I definitely like the look and feel of it lowered 1.5 front and rear.
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allanbegg
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April 29th, 2018, 9:32 am #3

Sorry, but I don't think it's possible to lower a Tourer, with a "kit".
I'd be interested in seeing a link to the item you have purchased.
The style of the rear suspension only allows the rear to be lowered with shorter shocks.
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TrapperAH1G
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April 29th, 2018, 12:12 pm #4

Allen

I'm pretty sure you're right.  I got the kit Friday and started trying to install yesterday.  Took the bags off and was looking at how the brackets "might" fit.  Been in touch with the manufacturer, sent requested pics and he's going to get back to me Monday.  Decided to try this kit as the fitment chart specifically said it fit the Tourer......and they have a 30 day return policy.

Will update next week.

Having problems posting the link.  It's ebay, M.A.C.S. Fabrication lowering kit.

Honda Shadow ACE 98-03 Spirit 00-07 VT 750 VT1100 Lowering link kit 1.5" USA

This is the fitment chart on ebay:

This part is compatible with 7 vehicle(s) matching Honda Shadow ACE 1100.
Notes Year Make Model Submodel
  2001 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 VT1100T Tour
  2000 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 VT1100T Tour
  1999 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 VT1100C2
  1999 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 VT1100T Tour
  1999 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 VT1100T Tour Black
  1998 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 VT1100C2
  1998 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 VT1100CT Tour
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allanbegg
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April 30th, 2018, 8:50 am #5

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Honda-Shadow-A ... 1X&vxp=mtr

I think I see what they are trying to do.

Based on my understanding of the pictures, they appear to be trying to move the upper or lower mounting point for the shock absorber.
I understand the concept, in that if they moved the lower one farther back, or the upper one farther forward, it would change the angle of the shock, effectively lowering the bike.

Allan
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Cleve
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May 1st, 2018, 9:00 am #6

That's definitely for the 750 Ace, not the 1100.  Shorter Progressive shocks would be an option. Or Maybe shocks from a different model 1100, The Tourer sat taller than others.
Cleve

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May 1st, 2018, 9:36 am #7

I used Progressive 440-4202c on mine, can't remember if they were 11-1/2 or 12". Slightly shorter than the oem which measure 12-3/8" on my ruler, called 12-1/2" some places. The 440 has been replaced by the 444 series, so you might find some 440's still around at a decent price.

The 412 series is no longer made here and does not have a lifetime warranty...made in Mexico now I believe.  The older 412's on my 01 750 say made in USA on the box. (and I think they ride better than the newest ones I just put on my 03 750 Ace last week,,,, could be the difference in seats though, 03 has a Corbin, 01 a Mustang.)
Cleve

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TrapperAH1G
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May 2nd, 2018, 10:46 am #8

Final update.  His kits won't work on anything that has a disc brake in the rear.  The fitment chart on his ad specifically states it works on Tourers, but it doesn't.  I'm returning it today and getting charged postage to do so.  Not real happy about that since I feel it was "false advertising" that induced me to buy in the first place.

Anybody have Progressive shocks they want to sell?
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Cleve
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May 2nd, 2018, 11:22 am #9

Keep an eye on Craigslist and ebay, the Progressives usually fit a lot of different bikes and have an assortment of bushings that come with them. check part numbers for the various T options and keep a search list.

FWIW, I found RonAyers.com to have the best price on the most recent 412's I bought.

here's a set of 11" 412-4233c on my local craigslist:

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/mpo/d ... 76710.html

EDIT: These are for a 750 Ace, they show different part numbers for the 1100's might be worth a call to Progressive as to the differences and what they recommend for a shorter T shock.
And I still think the stock shocks on some of the other 1100's are shorter,
Cleve

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