Good morning, I am looking for advice on installing the Motowerks Lowering link and raising the fork tubes on my 2011 Versys. I have the instructions that Motowerks posted online and the tools are ready to go. I am looking for any advice from members who installed the lowering link themselves and can give me advice to make this a smooth process. I have a rear stand that raises the versys by the swingarm so the suspension in the rear will be compressed yet I have seen a pic of a carjack placed on the rear tire lifting up the chassis..? Any tips out there to get this done right without causing serious damage or injury....
I kind of have to laugh, as I have done this twice, first time I had a cable tackle and all sorts of trouble, went smooth but second time on the 2015, Speedy had revised his procedure.
First I would need to know if your rear stand is for spools or swing arm, as raising the rear is absolutely unnecessary, and a potential for disaster. The car scissor jack works great, my advice would be using a pieces of 1/2 or 3/4 plywood, as a 2X4 is almost too thick for the scissor jack I had.
Before you start, remove your cotter pin and loosen the axle nut , back off the adjusters by 1/4 inch each side approx., move wheel forward , then snug the nut . Have both a 3/8 drive socket and combination wrench, use the scissor jack as per Speedy instructions.
Now the front is another topic,some don't touch the front.Speedy is very knowledgeable and is a engineer, he says to maintain the same as original you need to raise the forks, you will find his parts to be a work of art, never seen anything as precise and as well made, enjoy it.
I raised both my 07 and 15, Follow Speedy instructions very closely
, on my 15 I didn't have a front stand and on the 07 I had used the cable tackle on the front handle bar. Well clutch side decided to be stubborn raising it on the 15, yup, backed off a 1/4 turn on the triple clamps too much---boom, shock is attempting to shear off clutch cable-----and the fun begins---I found a 1 inch knock out punch back of die would fit over the adjustment of the runaway shock, used a bar clamp between the lower triple and top of shock to shove it back down, took about a hour --whew , yes, take your time, if possible suspend the front off a overhead beam or tree limb, once you are in trouble you can't move it. He states moving one side at a time heed that warning, I was lucky on the 15, as the throttle side was already done and holding, otherwise I would have smashed the fender.