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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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If there are rear lowering kit for Versys,

Is there any rear height increasing kit for the versys too?

I find that with current 14.2kg/mm, despite i love how it soaks up the bumps, i would often bottom out with the battery compartment hitting the rear huger. Increasing the height by about half to an inch would be lovely.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 04:39 AM
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Your best option would be to replace the hugger with a home made rock guard/mud flap secured to bottom of battery box.
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Well, i'm afraid that it would hit the swingarm direct then. Probably would consider a stiffer spring swap if i cant get a height increase kit.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 11:25 AM
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I assume you've turned the pre-load to maximum?
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 12:41 PM
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Sounds like the Law of Unintended Consequences kicking in. Non-stock (R1) shock with a longer stroke means that parts hit before the shock bottoms out. Raising the ride height at the rear might have some other unintended consequences- nervous handling, cracking your nuts on the tank, etc. That said, it seems like it could be done. A different shock with a slightly longer eye-to eye length could be used with your custom spring. The shock mount on the swingarm or frame could be removed and re-welded. Or, leaving the ride height alone, you could switch to a smaller battery like a Shorai, then modify the battery box.
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It may be possible to reduce R1 shock's stroke with a shim added to bump stop pad, or with a thicker/higher durometer (harder) one.

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Your best option would be to replace the hugger with a home made rock guard/mud flap secured to bottom of battery box.
I've done this on BOTH my Vs, tho' it's attached to the inner rear fender, not the battery box, and NOTHING interferes with the swingarm. The flap is flexible enough to protect, AND stay out of the way! Co$t... maybe $5 each...!
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