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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2017, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering the Z125 without a stretch

Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone knows if the Composimo 4.5" lowering link can be used without stretching the Z?

If not, are there any alternatives that can drop the bike 1"-2"?

I already have a street seat on the way, but would like a little more drop.
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I believe if you use the lowering link without the stretch the rear tire will rub against the license plate and the lowering link itself. another option could be buying an adjustable shock and using that to lower it
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Don't forget you will need to buy a shorter side stand or modify the stock one.

Why do people want these bikes to be lower? Is it pure aesthetics or is there a functional reason? If anything, I wish mine was taller and had more ground clearance, but I have long legs and like to ride off-road.
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Unfortunately, i'm vertically challenged (5' 4"). I was told that a person of that height should be able to flatfoot but i've had no such luck .
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Now that makes sense. I taught myself to ride on a KLR 650 and I was on my toes on it. It's not a fun way to learn.

A lower seat should help a lot, and you could probably go a bit smaller on the tires. Practice coming to a stop with your right foot on the brake and only putting your left foot down.
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I'm on the shorter side as well. Maybe you can try to adjust the rear suspension to be softer so the seat height goes down a bit more when you sit on it. Also, I have heard guys shaving a bit of seat cushion for lower seat height.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-29-2018, 12:43 AM
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So, is there an easy way to lower these bikes?
Any-1 done it? And how so?
Thanks for all replies!
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Unfortunately, i'm vertically challenged (5' 4"). I was told that a person of that height should be able to flatfoot but i've had no such luck [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/IMG] .
While its nice you really don't need to flat foot. As long as you can reach on both sides you should be safe.
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Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone knows if the Composimo 4.5" lowering link can be used without stretching the Z?

If not, are there any alternatives that can drop the bike 1"-2"?

I already have a street seat on the way, but would like a little more drop.
I snapped a picture of my bike (still on a stand) after I put the 4.5 lowering link on it and right before I put the stretch on. I believe it works fine with a 4.5 but not the 7.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 06:26 AM
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Change the seat, don't screw with the suspension if you can avoid it, it will negatively effect the bikes handling
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