Lowering Brackets? Any good?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by NYHarley, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. NYHarley

    NYHarley Active Member

    I just helped a friend install lowering brackets on the rear of his 06 Sportster 1200. It was a really simple install but I have my doubts.... What are your views on lowering brackets?
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    Save your money and IF you really must lower the bike, do it with the lower shocks but be prepared for other problems that arise when you do this.
  3. NYHarley

    NYHarley Active Member

    I have the progressive lowering springs on my 02, rides like a lumber wagon.... Sometimes I think I am riding a rigid. I have held off lowering my Night Train because it rides nice and soft.

    I don't think my friend has any plans to upgrade to lowered shocks. I myself wouldn't trust those lowereing brackets......

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    Lowering the Sportster using the brackets is not necessary, and as Glider says, lowering the bike MAY introduce problems. That said, a lowered Sporty is easily accomplished with changing shocks to shorter ones by Progressive AND lowering the fork by installing Progressive Springs and spacer based on riders' weight as well as changing the fork oil to 7.5Wt (from 5Wt), lost about 1-1 1/2"...then changed the seat (to put on a 4.2 gallon tank),lost another 1-1 1/2".

    Since my mid pegs were pitched along time ago, so no "feelers" on the ends, I did scrape slightly on the left (jiffy stand tang), but I trimmed 1/4" of the rubber bumper stop tucking it in by almost 1" and changing my aftermarket exhaust bolt hardware to proper length so even in off camber on/off ramps or in deep turns heeled way over, I no longer have "sparklers". I also have modified my riding style in turns to stand up the bike, apply pressure on the outboard peg and keep my body towards inside of the bike.