Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

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Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by John F » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:46 am

I need to get my recently acquired 2017 Husky 450 FE lowered by 2". KTM/Husky sells a kit that I can have my local shop put in. Any other ideas? Good suspension shop somewhat local to MD? I'd prefer to deal locally, and by that I mean someplace I can drive to if I need to. Thanks .

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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by Laoch » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:21 am

http://www.toytechcycles.com/index.html

In PA, I've heard he does good suspension work, factory installed lowering kits, etc.
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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by juddspaintballs » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:02 pm

I haven't had anything lowered by him, but I had T7 revalve and rebuild my suspension this year and it is much better than it was. Several others on this site have also used him.


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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by Laoch » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:50 pm

Let me know what you decide. I wouldn't lowering my Husky a tad :deal:
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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by Wingfixer » Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:10 am

I'm another vote for T7. Dude does great work!
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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by aai » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:13 pm

John F wrote:I need to get my recently acquired 2017 Husky 450 FE lowered by 2". KTM/Husky sells a kit that I can have my local shop put in. Any other ideas? Good suspension shop somewhat local to MD? I'd prefer to deal locally, and by that I mean someplace I can drive to if I need to. Thanks .
I had just received mine back from motolab. He was in PA but set up in TN now. I shipped it out last Friday, and it was back at my door yesterday. Lowered, appropriate springs and valving for my weight and ability. Check them out, Motolab LLC



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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by kevvyd » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:35 pm

My .02 & experience.

2" is too much for a bike used seriously in singletrack.
My bike is lowered 30 mm (1-3/16")
I really miss the ground clearance. The amount of foot peg snags, skid plate smashes, and hang ups on small rollers is terrifying.
And my bike is PDS, so no linkage hanging down to snag/smash

I bet if you start calling suspension shops you will hear the same sentiment. Unless the bike is going to be gravel/street/slow dual sport only
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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by Twist » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:43 pm

I second that about just saying no to lowering. I've got an inseam between 29-30" and can attest that you can actually get used to having to slip off the saddle to get a foot down. And you'll always enjoy the ground clearance if you ride any gnarly off-road. Try a lower seat or even customize the seat yourself to get a better reach to the ground.

But if all you're doing to the Husky is swapping out the dog bone (lowering link) on the rear shock and maybe raising the forks a bit in the triple tree, it's a pretty easy job to do yourself.
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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by John F » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:21 pm

T7 referred me to Solid Performance KTM. They're figuring out what they can do. The Husky is for DS and maybe some more challenging stuff. I have a 300XC for strictly off road. And, having ridden bikes at standard height and lowered, I want my bike lowered. My 300xc was lowered 1" by the PO (who ran an off road adventure tour place in Costa Rica for years--he knows what he's doing), and I got a KTM low seat for it, so its about 1 1/2" lower. That 1 1/2" makes all difference. If you're short and haven't ridden a lowered bike, try one.

I'll check out MotoLab. Thanks

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Re: Suspension advice - Shop for lowering?

Post by Bucho » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:23 pm

I can understand lowering the bike a little for those with wee shanks.
There cons/benefits to it.
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