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This is a discussion on lowering the rear end of my meanie within the Mean Streak Accessories forums, part of the Kawasaki Mean Streak category; I have an '08 meanie that I bought a couple of years ago. Great condition, low miles, one owner, blah, blah, blah... I took the ...

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    lowering the rear end of my meanie

    I have an '08 meanie that I bought a couple of years ago. Great condition, low miles, one owner, blah, blah, blah... I took the rear fender and swapped it with that of a '04 marauder fender. I had it professionally matched, painted and so on and it really looks good. I decided I wanted to lower the rear end so I just ordered a set of HD 412 progressive shocks, 12". That was what I had heard was the most common, rear end lowering shock although others have dropped down into the 11" shock range. My question is this, "How much will this actually drop the rear end?" If the shock were perfectly vertical, it would make sense that a 1 1/2" shorter shock would drop it the same distance. The shock rides in a 45 degree angle, more or less, which means the shock will drop at a greater ratio.

    My new shocks should arrive next week. I would like to hear from someone who has made this same change how much it actually changed the rear height of the bike. Would like to see any photos as well.
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    You're right, because of the mounting angle a shorter rear shock will drop the rear more than the length between the old and new shocks.
    For every 1 inch shorter, it will drop the rear approximately 1-3/4 inches. So in your case, having a 1-1/2 inch shorter shock will drop the rear 2-5/8 inches. I think you will definitely like the look.
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    Good Info, Has anyone tried the HD progressive shocks with a Car Tire?
    Im running a 205/55 Michelin pilot sport, under a Low and Mean rear Rear fender; Has anybody tried it with this combo? doesnt look like id have enough room to drop 2-5/8"

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    Thanks Texas, for the insight and the 04 Marauder rear fender two summers ago. I will post some pics when I have the changes made.
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    What "bottoms" first on the rear is usually not the tire hitting the fender (at least with the stock size rear tire) but the swingarm hitting the left side frame loop the passenger peg attaches to. With short enough shocks this can be an issue depending on how much travel the shocks have. This is easy to verify, block the bike up, remove the rear shocks, bring the rear wheel up and see what hits. You can then measure between the shock mounts and see what the shortest collapsed length shock you can run is. Using the swingarm as a bottoming stop isn't good but I suspect we have folks doing it.
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    I agree. I just redid the frame and everything on the bike. And the first thing to hit was the swingarm.
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