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  • Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

    I have been contemplating lowering my rear suspension on my 1998 FLHTCI ElectraGlide for two reasons:
    1) To increase handling and make it easier for my petite wife to get on & off the bike
    2) To make the bike "look good"
    Any thoughts or suggestions as to the best workable height &/or experience with this would be greatly appreciated. Also sources and manufacturers would be welcome.
    Bill
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    Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

    How well does it fit you now?
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    • #3

      Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

      How well does it fit you now?
      Fits me OK (I'm 5'11") although center of gravity always seemed a little high. I was thinking somewhere around 2" drop would not interfere with suspension travel.
      Bill
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      • #4

        Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

        Check out the Progressive lowering kit which does have a 2" lowering setting. Have you considered lowering the seat?
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        • #5

          Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

          2" wont interfere with anything. i dropped my 03 Electra from 13" to 11"....didnt have the cash to replace the air shocks with air shocks so i put a set of 11" spring shocks on. the ride is noticeably stiffer and not as comfortable as air, but it will give you a lower stance and handling is much much more responsive. you can go as low as 10 1/2" on the rear with out having to make any belt adjustment

          stay away from the lowering brackets and just replace the shocks if you have the dough
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          • #6

            Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

            I want to raise mine in the rear but lowering looks good. It's okay to lower it but do it correctly. If it were my bike and I wanted to do it on a budget, I'd get some Street Glide take offs from ebay. These shocks are lower than yours and are a direct replacement. You wont have the comfortable ride like you have now but it will be lower. I lowered a friends Street Glide 2" in the rear and 1" up front and I couldn't even ride it without dragging the boards in every turn. He wanted to use lowering blocks for the rear which was okay for him because he's light and never rides two up. I wouldnt do it if he rode two up. I wouldn't chance them failing under the weight.
            Last edited by CLL375; 09-07-2010, 09:06 AM.
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            • #7

              Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

              I lowered my RK 2" with the harley shorter air shocks(just lowered the rear), did not affect the ride and made it better in the handling department
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              • #8

                Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                There is a company that I believe makes a spacer kit and all you gotta do is flip your swingarm upside down and there you have it real cheap. And you still have your air shocks.
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                • #9

                  Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                  Thanks for all your input, I will let everyone know how things go. I will take before & after pix for all to see.
                  Bill
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                  • #10

                    Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                    When lowering a bike you have to say to yourself " what do I want>?" Looks or handling? If you wat it to handle better, than a 1" drop is enough. Anymore then you start going the other way as far as handling in curves and twisties. But, that 's just my opinion.

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                    • #11

                      Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                      When lowering a bike you have to say to yourself " what do I want>?" Looks or handling? If you wat it to handle better, than a 1" drop is enough. Anymore then you start going the other way as far as handling in curves and twisties. But, that 's just my opinion.
                      I think that I am going this way,
                      http://bitchinbaggers.com/products/drop-shocks/

                      The only concern that I have is that my factory center stand will not be very useful when I do it, but WTF anything for good looks and a little better handling.
                      Last edited by WAMMER; 10-04-2010, 11:48 AM. Reason: I cant fuggin' type!
                      Bill
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                      • #12

                        Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                        I know its not a bagger by my Fatboy is lowered 2" and I scrape the heck outta my floorboards all the time, just something to think about. It does look good though
                        Josh
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                        • #13

                          Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                          I know its not a bagger by my Fatboy is lowered 2" and I scrape the heck outta my floorboards all the time, just something to think about. It does look good though
                          Thanks for the info, I usually don't take turns that tight, Mrs. Wammer is usually on the back seat, so I can't cowboy as much as I used to when I was younger (IE: dragging the pipes & knees in a turn).
                          Bill
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                          • #14

                            Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                            Good lookin scooter Wammer !
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                            • #15

                              Re: Electra Glide - OK to go lower?

                              How did it turn out wammer?
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