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New Lowering link

This is the first time I've seen this. I have Speedy's lowering link on mine.

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It says its a 2" lowering link, What is the speedy's?
Is 2" too much to keep the geometry where it needs to be?
I may be interested in this as my BMW mod has put me on my tippy toes.

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Speedy's link drops the seat about 1 5/8" to 1 3/4" (on my 09 V).
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Oh now a quandry starts.

Speedy's is tried and tested.

T-rex is a lot cheaper even with the 10$ shipping (seriously haven't these people heard of Priority flat rate envelopes?)

I'm looking to lower my Versys but I'm torn now. Since I see people use Speedy's it seems like the better option.

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Just doing a comparison of Speedy's and the T-rex by pictures it seems to me (and I'm not that educated on this area) that Speedy's has a bit more meat and added stability.

It looks exactly like their Er-6n link.

Speedy's seems to secure itself with one extra bolt and looks a lot sturdier. Now I admit I'm just going by looks and not experience or specialized knowledge so my opinion doesn't amount to a hill of beans compared to someone who does this type of work. Anyone with experience please chime in I'd love to read it.

I can't even find a review of their other products or company on Google, aside from some frame slider installs. I'm a bit tempted to call them and ask them how many Versys's they have done this link on. If the answer is 0 I'm thinking I'll stick with the tried and true. There is something to be said about cost and quality in most cases.
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I'd rather support a forum member that's definitely manufacturing out of the United States. Plus Speedy's link looks better.

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I'd rather support a forum member that's definitely manufacturing out of the United States. Plus Speedy's link looks better.

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+1

Add in Speedy seems to be very active across several different boards for multiple motorcycle types and he seems to want to stand personally behind his product with pride.

These guys may do the same.
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+1 for Speedy's!
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Speedy's looks a lot beefier and looks a lot nicer. Speedy's looks almost factory to me. This is a critical part...its not worth saving a few bucks and having a crappy Chinese weld break at 70mph...
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Speedy's looks a lot beefier and looks a lot nicer. Speedy's looks almost factory to me. This is a critical part...its not worth saving a few bucks and having a crappy Chinese weld break at 70mph...
I agree, I will say I did find their site after some digging; it looks like they are fabricating it themselves. I do concur I like the beefiness of Speedy's. I first heard of him on a ninja 250 forum and they spoke of him with a lot of respect.

I guess its an option though. For me I'm going to go with tried and true. It had me thinking for a moment but I didn't get a good feeling about it.
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Just buy the spring from Hyperpro. Lower the bike and improve the ride verses just lowering the bike. If you are that tight on cash leave the bike stock. I will never trust my life with cheap Chinese crap just to save a few $. I do have speedys peg lowering blocks and flatfoot and they are top notch. Your motorcycle is not the thing to be cheap with.
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Looking at photos of both side by side there is no comparison... MotoWerk's is beefier, better machined & looks better...

I have installed Speedy's lowering kit, flatfoot kit, & peg lowering blocks on my 2011... I'm very satisfied with the fit, quality & beefiness of my install... I have full peace of mind that they are as strong, if not stronger than my bike's original OEMs... I'd be pretty nervous trusting my suspension to something that did not have a history of many satisfied customers...

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I havenít had either one in my hand... but just looking at the pictures, Speedyís sure looks beefier and the fact that T-Rex used a bolt with a too short shoulder doesnít inspire me to have any confidence in their engineering expertise.
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FYI: the ninja 650 lowering link does NOT fit the Versys. I made this mistake when ordering one through the dealer. We had to grind out the edge to make it round, which looks like the same issue with the ebay t-rex (it looks square where it needs to be round). I only did the grinding because I already waited a week and a half to get the part from the dealer and didn't want to return it.
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I'd rather support a forum member that's definitely manufacturing out of the United States. Plus Speedy's link looks better.

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+ 10, Speedy has a Versys and is a Forum member and also a qualified engineer, so I am with Speedy.

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Speedy's looks a lot beefier and looks a lot nicer. Speedy's looks almost factory to me. This is a critical part...its not worth saving a few bucks and having a crappy Chinese weld break at 70mph...
A LOT beefier.

I love my Speedy's lowering block. I have read absolutely ZERO stories of broken, cracked, or faulty blocks from Speedy. I do not worry about my safety with it installed.
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Hard to ignore the price advantage; less than half price!!!
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It's similar to Soupy's Performance (Zeeland Michigan) CNC machined aluminum 1-1/2" lowering link kit. Designed for Ninja 650R/ER6, it lowers a tad less than Motowerk's. It could be made to fit Versys if needed, like Motowerk's Ninja 650R/ER6 lowering block.

http://www.soupysperformance.com/cat...00/7057117.htm

They also offer billet aluminum adjustable side stands.

http://www.soupysperformance.com/cat...00/7420224.htm

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Hard to ignore the price advantage; less than half price!!!
Not if you consider the effect of it breaking
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It's made of 6061 aluminum, and it looks like it was cut from the solid. Problem is, it's not beefy enough for aluminum. The other problem is that the inside corners aren't radiused and are potential stress risers just waiting to propagate a crack once fatigue sets in. As mentioned, the bolt application is wrong. In a shear application, there should never be threads across a shear plane.

If they were cutting it from a billet, there's no excuse for not making it stronger. Less metal would have to be removed, and that would cut down on machine time necessary to make it.

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