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Don't have a hacksaw!

Quick question to those of you that have installed the lowering kit from motowerks. Can I install the lowering kit without modifying the kickstand? I have the flat foot, but no hacksaw yet and was wondering if you have to do all of it at the same time for the bike to remain stable and for the existing kickstand to work for now?

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I believe you can, but the bike won't lean as much as normal so if you're on a hill or if the wind is really strong it might not be as stable. Just be sure it's parked stably before you leave it.

I bought my V with the lowering kit, but I don't think the kickstand was shortened... anyone know how to determine that for sure?

I'm planning to use either a jigsaw or a dremel to cut it.

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Stock sidestand is 12.5 inches from mount bolt center to foot tip.

You could get a shorter ER6/Ninja 650R sidetand.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...rom=R40&_clu=2
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So buy a $5 hacksaw at Harbor Freight . . .solved.


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If you lower the bike, you will need to shorten the kickstand. Otherwise, you'll have problems parking the bike on uneven surfaces. This is from my personal experience with Speedy's lowering kit. BTW, the flatfoot is a reasonable way to shorten the kickstand - gives you lots of options.
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If you lower the bike, you will need to shorten the kickstand. Otherwise, you'll have problems parking the bike on uneven surfaces. This is from my personal experience with Speedy's lowering kit. BTW, the flatfoot is a reasonable way to shorten the kickstand - gives you lots of options.
Agreed. Hacksaw's are cheap at any hardware store! You will always find uses down the road for one anyway.
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How have you gotten this far in life without a hacksaw?
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I installed the lowering the first year i had my V.
The next season lowered the stand afraid it was going to fall over...blaa
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IMHO the stock side stand is way too short on the V. I almost gave myself a hernia trying to get the bike upright off the side stand. I installed the rear lowering block and raised the fork tubes as high as possible in the triple clamps and have not touched the side strand, and the bike still leans over far enough to be stable. And the bike feels much less top heavy.

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Stock sidestand is 12.5 inches from mount bolt center to foot tip.

You could get a shorter ER6/Ninja 650R sidetand.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...rom=R40&_clu=2

Thats what I did, much easier, and you can put original back on if you are selling bike without lowering kit.

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