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post #1 of 32 Old 02-06-2016, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering the front on 2013 zx6r

There was a older thread on here stating due to the forks tapering you could only lower the front end by 4mm....has anyone found a way to lower the front by 40mm? I found this picture online and it looks like the front end is dropped more than a inch...and I'm wondering how he was able to do it...
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I think that's just camera angle making it look lowered. The bottom of the fork leg aligns right at the top of the reflector which is exactly where mine is at stock height...


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Ok I didn't even notice that.....did you notice around his clip ons the forks are seems to be raised a little?
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There was a older thread on here stating due to the forks tapering you could only lower the front end by 4mm....has anyone found a way to lower the front by 40mm? I found this picture online and it looks like the front end is dropped more than a inch...and I'm wondering how he was able to do it...
The more pertinent question, is why would you want to lower the front?
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The more pertinent question, is why would you want to lower the front?
I had my back lowered with lowering links a year ago at the dealership...but they didn't lower the front to match it...I now want the front to match the back.
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I don't know what nonsense Mega is talking about bottom fork leg... Stevie Wonder could see that bike in the pic is obviously lowered look at how much of the fork leg is thru the triple....
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That bike is lowered for sure. The forks are like 2 inches above the triple.
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I had my back lowered with lowering links a year ago at the dealership...but they didn't lower the front to match it...I now want the front to match the back.
Understandable..... If you cannot raise the fork legs in the triples to return the chassis to the chassis to the correct angle, it may be simpler to raise the back to the OEM position and learn to adjust to that.

If (and I am no expert on your year forks) you cannot raise the legs in the clamps, then you could potentially use shorter springs in the cartridges to lower the front. That would result in less travel available in the forks, so the ride would have to be harsher to avoid bottoming out the forks -- that would probably mean stiffer springs than what you have now.

Not a route I would suggest.... best to learn to ride the bike the way it was set up to be.

Having started out stealing rides on both of my older brothers' bicycles, then on their dirt bikes, I spent the first 10+ years riding only being able to dab one foot on the ground. Trust me, you get used to it over time.
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Unless you know exactly how much to lower it in front to match the rear I would have a reputable suspension shop setup the bike's geometry instead of guessing. It doesn't take much to throw off the geometry and adversely effect the handling. You can check the taper of the forks yourself if you can get a set of calipers under the clip ons to measure the fork tube and see where it begins to taper. But yeah, that bike pictured is lowered over an inch in front with the amount of fork tube that is exposed. I'd be afraid to get impaled by one of those tubes.
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Raise the forks too much in the triples and you may find that the front wheel hits the radiator when under hard braking. Not sure, but you need to verify before you do a header.
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Thanks everyone for the response and tip. Will call and check with a suspension expert...if i'm going to get it done I will make sure I'll get it done right.
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Raise the forks too much in the triples and you may find that the front wheel hits the radiator when under hard braking. Not sure, but you need to verify before you do a header.
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Hey, don't laugh ... I've had it happen on my Ducati!
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I've just double checked mine. I had mine professionally set up. I have the rear lowered by 40mm and the front by 20mm.

Tbh the one in the picture looks a little excessive and its appears to be more for looks than practicality. I'm wondering if he used a longer fork leg to achieve that look

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are you doing this front drop for LOOKS or are you doing it cuz your short?
cuz this will make the steering angle alot steeper and will be harder to steer.
but if going straight is your thing and you wont be doing any hardcore knee scrapes and you dont mind the handling being worse, then go for it (front lowering starts at 3:49)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbnIiW-nBOs
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