I lowered mine in the front 1 3/8" then used the middle position on the links. Since the winter hibernation started I put the links in the 3rd hole but have not rode it this way yet. Now I have to modify the stand, the 12 stands nearly vertical with the stock length side stand.
Need some advice guys. I have just ordered the 3 hole Muzzy lowering links and wanted to know the following:
Whats the best position to use for daily riding ie top, middle or bottom hole. Also do you need to replace the stock side stand with an adjustable one. And finally do you have to drop the forks a little to balance things up.
the middle hole is as low as you can go on the street, without endangering your plastic. I cut my sidestand also, just like zx12richard. when you lower the front thru the forks, be sure to lower both sides evenly, or the will kink like a s.o.b. It looks awesome when finished. I haven't tried them at the strip yet, but i'm POSITIVE that my e.t's will drop a tenth or two.
If you like twisties, drop the forks about 3/4"-1" and leave the back stock, this will make the turn in and response unbelievable. I've had mine setup like that for a while now. Put some Rennsports on with a 180/55 in back and it'll handle like a 750<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/eek.gif ALT=":eek"> .
Turn in is a little slower with the back dropped to the middle hole and the front dropped about an inch. I've got short legs though so this is better for me to reach the ground but I do miss the handling when the back was up and the front was lowered a little.
Thanks for the input guys. I got my lowers today so at the weekend I will fit them. I have decided to go with the middle hole and drop the forks about 1 inch. I also bought the Schnitz front straps but wont use them until on the strip.
Thanks again. This site is just a wealth of information and makes owning a 12 an added bonus
Here's a helpful hint, instead of cutting and welding your kickstand, take it off the bike and put it in the vise. The stop on the kickstand is about 1/2 an inch thick, I took a grinder to mine and then a touch of black paint. This actually allows the stand to go forward more and lower the bike in the same manor. Very fast and easy to do no welding required.
Can you lower the rear an 1 1/4 inches, the front an inch, and still use the side stand? Prior experience was yes on another bike, but I would like to confirm that this is the case on the mighty ZX12. Bogus Dave
Just installed spencers dogbones on my 02. You can only use the 3rd hole because the 02 has a longer stock dogbone to start with but it lowered it around 2 inch. I was so used his kickstand, very nice.
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