lowering FLHTP

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by galxl68, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. galxl68

    galxl68 Member

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    Hello everybody. Im new to this forum. I just bought a 2012 Electra Glide . I would like to lower it enough to be flat footed. Ant suggestions would be greatly appreciated.thanks Mike
     
  2. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    There are after market lowering kits available. They usually move the angle of the shocks back a ways, but lower the bike 1-1 1/2". They can also change how the bike handles. I had them on 2 different FLs but didn't notice much of a change.
    You could also check on the FLHX shocks. I think they are 1" shorter than the FLHTC. Another option is a thinner seat.
    tourbox
     
  3. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    How much to do you need to lower? Mean City Cycles can work your seat and drop you down an inch or two. Try to avoid lowering the suspension; the bike will handle much better at stock ride height. Maybe thicker soles/heels on your boots as well?:s
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Maybe just narrowing your seat at the front will help reach the ground. I put a Mustang Wide touring seat on my E.G. It's the same height as my original seat, but fatter in front and now I don't flat foot like I did before.
     
  5. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    +1 I would try all other options before altering the suspension travel/ ride height etc.
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    I used lowering kits on the rear shocks once, bad idea it pogo ed and ruined the air shock boots
     
  7. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    At running the risk of altering the handling of a bike by adding lower brackets. Why not just start with a pair of logger boots or upgrade the boots you have to thicker soles and heels.
    The proper way to lower bike is to used the lower profile shocks and springs in forks like the new Ultra Low and if not enough than accompany that with the lower profile seat.
     
  8. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    Lowering via suspension mods will alter the handling, particularly that of a touring model. However, if one doesn't "push" the bike, the affect on handling could go unnoticed. For instance if one takes a long sweeping turn marked for 50mph at 60mph, the bagger "wobble" might not show itself. However, take that same sweeper at 80mph and the "hinge" in the Harley touring frame will exhibit and the rear wheel will start moving around a bit. Once the rear wheel starts moving around, the movement will transfer to the front; bad juju.:newsmile071:
     
  9. galxl68

    galxl68 Member

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    Thanks for the help. I am going to try the seat modification first.
     
  10. mlemay

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    Yup, that is a bad feeling! That feeling let me to putting Sta-Bo bushings in my 2004 Road King Custom. :s