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I am rebuilding an '82 GL1100i for a friend of mine, and he does have a very short inseam. Whilst seated on the bike, he can only get the balls of his feet on the ground, and he would prefer to have his feet flat.

What are the recommend fixes for this, if any?

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Over in the Backyard group this has been discussed many times, there is a link below. The 3 options I have seen mostare seat reduction/ shapping, Raising the Rear Shock upper attachment point (see Picture), or shorter after market shocks.

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He can also go the less inexpensive route, and get some boots with a 2inch heel.
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More ?? than an answer..what happens if you loosen the fork clamps and let the forks stick up past the tree??

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More ?? than an answer..what happens if you loosen the fork clamps and let the forks stick up past the tree??
You can do that but only about one inch. Any further and the radiator will be introduced to the fender.

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Hi Ozzie,funny you ask i have a 99se 1500 i was in the same jam .What i did is i went to a upolestry shop and told them my problem and they said no problem we deal with this kinda stuff alot.So they SHAVED around 2 to 3 inches off the sides where my inner thys are and like 1 or 2 off the top where i sit i feel the differance and im more flat footed at stops they charges me $75.00 and it was worth every dollar good luck JP
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Mine has 11 inch Yamaha shocks on the back......... Low rider

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Over in the Backyard group this has been discussed many times, there is a link below. The 3 options I have seen mostare seat reduction/ shapping, Raising the Rear Shock upper attachment point (see Picture), or shorter after market shocks.

http://groups.msn.com/BackYardBuiltG...e/general.msnw

How much tire rubbing/bottoming out compared to the stock mounts Might want to replace that rotor.

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I want to lower my rear two inches. Help PLease!!! Thanks guys

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I want to lower my rear two inches. Help PLease!!! Thanks guys
There is no such thing as a lowering kit , You can go with a 16 inch rear wheel from the 83 and as small a tire that will fit , , let some air out of the shocks will help and have the seat cut down,that is if inseam is the problem , if you're trying for a lowrider thing I don't suggest you do it .
As stated before you can find some lower shocks but be careful. I just do not believe in messing with suspension at all really. I wouldn't want to loose any cornering clearance.
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