07 Softail Lowering

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by cprins, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. cprins

    cprins New Member

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    I have an 07 night train, and I am looking at lowering it in the rear. Do the cheap $30.00 adjustible bolts work well, or are they a waste of time? I have also heard that you need a press to install them, is that true? If it is going to end up being some hack job with the cheap bolts, maybe progressive shocks would be better, but more expesive. Any advice? Anyone?
     
  2. JustDave

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    my woman just had the rear of her 08 heritage lowered using those "$30 bolts" ... it lowered the bike 1" and gave her a more flat footed stance on the bike.

    yes it works... count on being charged 2 hours labor. its not a gimmick, its a common modification.
     
  3. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Curious, with the lowered bike, will crossing speed bumps or taking turns cause her to drag "hard" parts? Best check in a clear parking lot and deserted roadway to make sure...may have to stiffen the preload or springs to prevent suspension "bottoming" problems...better safe than sorry! JMO
     
  4. garyp

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    Fitted a Zodiac lowering kit which comprises of the two bolts. Quite straightforward to fit if you have a hydraulic press handy. Also removing the old stock bolts can be stubborn with loctite. Have lowered my 07 softail custom 1.5 inches with no handling issues or bottoming out. Make your bike nice n low how it should. A good modification at a reasonable price! If you dont like them adjust back to stock height.
     
  5. JustDave

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    naa she doesnt scrape anything. i know a lot of people warn about scraping floorboards... you have to take a turn a a pretty good angle to scrape. i have never had that problem.

    even with her bike lowered she doesnt scrape

    we both have 08 heritages.. mine is black, hers is purple
     
  6. SeaRider04

    SeaRider04 Active Member

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    I didn't lowering my bike but I keep scraping my floorboards though :D.
     
  7. whatyardwork

    whatyardwork Banned

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    Had those lowering bolts on my EVO softy and it scraped the edge of the outer primary just past the drain plug.Road with a buddy one day who also had the lowering kit and watched in disgust as all his primary fluid drained out because he ground through his primary.Progressives went on and the lowering bolts went in the trash.
     
  8. chillman378

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    This is true...my Fatboy is lowered inch and a half by my measurements. I'm not sure which method the previous owner used. Looks real sweet lowered like that but my spine is taken a real beating on the hard bumps. The floor boards squealing let me know when i'm taking a turn to tight. That will probably be my next project. Raising the bike a half inch.