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How to raise the front end on my cruiser?
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How to raise the front end on my cruiser? - June 25, 2008, 10:13 AM

I've got an 07 Victory Vegas 8-Ball and would like to get some more cornering clearance at the front of the bike. I've replaced the stock front end and 21"x2" wheel with the inverted forks and 18"x3" wheel from a Victory Hammer. I've also had some custom dog bones made which raised the rear of the frame about a 5/8". The bike handles much better now but I feel if I could match the lift at the front of the bike to match what I've done to the rear it would be just about perfect (and I might stop dragging the frame in the corners). What would be the affect of using longer spacers or springs in my forks? Are there any other ways that I could raise the front of the bike?


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June 25, 2008, 10:15 AM

Suspension tuners can correctly lengthen forks.


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June 25, 2008, 02:18 PM

Stiffer springs and more/thicker fork oil will help some.


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On the other hand, you're going to loose the quicker feel you achieved by raising the rear. You'll be heading back toward stock geometry, only now a little higher off the ground.


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June 25, 2008, 04:52 PM

Steve ZX-9:
If I'm getting new springs wouldn't I be better off with longer springs than heavier springs? I would think the heavier springs would affect the ride more than longer springs.

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I didn't really raise the rear to quicken the steering. I raised it because i was dragging the back of the frame. Now I'm dragging the front of the frame.

Just swapping out the frontend reduced the rake compared to a normal Vegas and I believe the smaller wheel also reduces the gyroscope effect.

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