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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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ride height adjustments/different tires...?

I'm trying to get the best set-up for my bike and one thing I've neglected to look at was ride height. I'm currently running Bridgestone BT012SS tires. The problem is I don't know the stock height/circumference to see if I need any adjustment to maintain stock geometry.

Or does it really matter? Should I just look for a comfortable set-up for me and then maintain that?

And finally when switching tires or adjusting ride height to change bike's front/rear attitude is it OK to make the adjustments by sliding the forks through the triples or is shimming the rear always the best bet?

I'm not that fast that I can feel a slight change. I'm more concerned with messing up the bikes geometry and creating problems.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 09:38 AM
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ahh yeah, you need to get to 4&6 to have the bike computracked, once you do that, you find out alot of things, like 1 is the bike tweaked? if not move on. then you find out how far off your chain alignment is by patch contact alingment, then you find out based on specs of race sheets or what not, the best starting point to set the alignment of your forks, the swing arm pitch, the ride hieght, etc, etc, etc,.

once you get this all done, THEN if you switch from tire brans to tire brand, you can simple call him up, and ask for the referance to alter for diameter if the differant tires.


there is more to this then even copying someone elses set up on the same bike and the same model and year!



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i always felt my gsxr600(almost same geometry as the 1k) would have really benefitted from more rear ride hight. I'd put some washers on the top of that shock and get a tad more height! my 2 cents.


or you could spend money and have 4&6 computrack and get some real information.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 09:51 AM
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I personally wouldn't worry about any of the above unless it causes an REAL problem in the way my bike handles. There are no magic numbers in setting up your bike. What works for one guy may not work for another.
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