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To drop the front end or not.

Anyone mess with dropping the front end for quicker handling?

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Yes, 10mm has worked well for many. Raising the rear is better, but lowering the front is free.
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My problem is that I had to drop the rear with a different shock, so I am trying to even her out. Maybe I should go about 20mm.

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Looks like maybe you shouldn't go more than 10mm on the front.

Where i live it's like running the "Snake" for 20 miles just to get to town. All those curves are a workout, so I am looking for quicker handling/turn in. Along with that maybe comes a more unstable front end at speed, but that's where the damper comes in...right?

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The damper will effectively quiet head shake. You can crank them down pretty stiff if needed.

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You want quick steering, move to a 180 series tire. That works too.



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You're still trying to make that wrong shock work? It's like screwing things up more to fix a screwed up thing.

The more the bike the is lowered the more clearance you lose. I wouldn't go more than 10mm. on the front forks myself, but some have gone 15mm. http://www.sportrider.com/tech/lower...g-and-short-it
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I'm a die hard. Hey, I have this Fox Shock that I can't sell and I have this OEM shock. What's a guy to do?

I can always go back to the OEM, but why not see if the FOX clicks? I don't want to spend the money for an Ohlins.

I am going to bring the rear end up 3mm with a shim, and probably go 12mm on the front. That'll be 7mm more because I was already set at 5mm more. I already went to the 180 rear....Pilot Power.

Thanks for that link on lowering. Good stuff to know.

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I feel that a heavier bike needs to have quicker steering for the road. On the track you usually don't have who knows what on the pavement. In most cases you have only your lane to deal with obstacles, which mean quick response and maybe even quicker come back. Where I ride, 10% of idiots come around blind curves in YOUR LANE!

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Why won't it sell? You said that fox shock was for an old GSXR. There should be buyers for that shock for the correct application. Used fox shocks are still bought and sold all the time. If selling you have to get onto the forums for that bike. If you sell it you can find a cheaper non-ohlins shock for the RC51.

I see where you are coming from, just suggesting to try to sell it first. Keep in mind everything you are doing to make it fit is compromising the bike, not to mention the valving on the shock isn't even for the RC51 geometry, weight, etc.

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