Ground clearance.

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by ausibatla, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. ausibatla

    ausibatla Member

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    G'day fellas,
    just want to know if you can alter the ground clearance on a softail by adjusting the shocks. I've fitted a centre stand and it hits the ground with still 2" before the frame will scrape. I know with dirt bikes you can alter the ground clearance by adjusting the shock but I don't know if it will work on the Harley's setup of horizontal shocks.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers.
    :cheers:AUSTRALIA
     
  2. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    G'Day ausibatla,

    I don't believe that adjusting the shocks will add ground clearance. On my 08 I have adjusted mine to the stiff side to keep from bottoming out when riding 2up.
    Some of the more savvy guru's here will probably chime in on this one. Good Luck!
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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  4. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    No trying to high jack this thread but could you PM me the setting your using on your rear shocks?my 2014 Fatboy bottoms out while riding 2up
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  5. ausibatla

    ausibatla Member

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    I don't know if it has a lowering kit, Jack. Have checked the instructions you led me to but my bike is not here at the moment but I don't think i'd know how to tell if the shocks were a lowering kit setup. Is there anyway one can tell by looking at them?
    Cheers.
     
  6. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    Yes, but hard to explain via a post. Take a good picture and we can tell you if a lowering kit has been installed. You cannot adjust ride height with OEM shocks and you cannot increase travel with a lowering kit; only reduce travel. However, if the bike has been lowered you can return it to stock ride height.
     
  7. ausibatla

    ausibatla Member

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    Thanks for that info, dolt. When I get the bike back I'll take a photo that will show what they are and try to post it.
    Cheers.
     
  8. ausibatla

    ausibatla Member

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    Ground clearance photo's

    I don't know how to upload the photo's you guys wanted of the shocks on my bike. I've given you the link to them in my photobucket. Can anybody tell me if they are the lowering kit shocks or standard. If they are the lowering kit type how can I adjust them to raise the bike.

    Harley Shocks Photos by ausibatla | Photobucket

    Cheers.

    :cheers :AUSTRALIA
     
  9. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Re: Ground clearance photo's

    I moved the picture thread into the existing one to keep it all together.
     
  10. Jack Klarich

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