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no need to take it off.

sit on the bike. loosen the 2 allen key bolts on each side by the handle bars.now loosen the 2 allen key bolts on each fork down lower. when you get to the last one, be careful...as soon as it is loose. it will slide down.

this is for the 08 r6. not sure if thats how you do it on all other years.

that was my first time ever working on a bike...real easy. no need to take anything off. really easy.

hope this helps.
 

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just a word of warning, ensure you lower them as sen2two has said, this will work with all bikes, essentially just loosen off the top yoke by the two allen screws and then the same to the lower clamp, remember! not too much!...just enough slack to allow you to gently tap them with a rubber mallet GENTLY!!!... now you have to ensure you have the same amount of fork exposure off the top yoke, the best way to do this is with the tail of a dial caliper, ok... now listen up mate, do NOT allow more than 10mm through the top yoke or you will seriously effect the front end handling, you are drastically placing a lot of weight on the front forks,this will sharpen up the front ends steering but destabilise the bike at his speed in a straight line...just be careful
 

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That's how I did my 05 and using the dial calipers on the forks to make sure they are even is a good idea. If you are bringing the fork up further in the tripple tree because of lowering the rear. I measured my fairings front and back before lowering the whole bike then once I changed the rear lowering link. I lowered the front until the I got the same difference in height as the front and the back.
 

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what about the brakes? dont you need to remove the caliper and the brake line? do you need to bleed the brakes?
 

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You don't need to do any thing with the brakes. Your just sliding the forks up into the triple tree's. You don't have to remove the brakes or the lines at all.
 

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Question then. If I lower my bike in the rear with a lowering linke. How much do/can I lower the front. If I even the rear with the front, using my rear as the point of measurment. I will have about 2-2 1/2" of the fork sticking out. Is that ok. I have an 08 R6. They do have 3 notch on the fork. Should I just lower it to the last notch and have the front a little higher than the rear?
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I would keep the measurements the same front and back. As long as you have enough travel so you don't hit your front fender you should be ok. I would try to put as much weight or pressure on the front once you get it positioned where you want it to make sure you have clearance for bumps.
 

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huh? one guy said not to pass 10mm but others are saying to match it with the rear? i'm getting a 1.5" drop in the rear and thinking about dropping 1" in the front. i dont get it? is it okay or not?
 

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me too man. But here is the thing to match the front to the rear, I have to drop the front by a lot. I'm talking 2". Well when you do that You don't have anything to go by as far as to see if the left and the right fork are even. My dad have the special tool to measure thing down to the micro meeter. I don't think he'll let me use that to test out my bike. He use it for for and it's a lot of money.
If I go by a ruler, which I did the last time. My left and right turn don't seem to balance each other. That's why I've raise it back to the 3rd line on the fork that is indicated by Yamaha.
I've ask other rider to see if it's ok for the front to be higher than the rear. He said that it's dangerous because you're more prone to having a wheelie if you're not careful. Which I don't need.
I'll take any input people. Just want to be safe.
 

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me too man. But here is the thing to match the front to the rear, I have to drop the front by a lot. I'm talking 2". Well when you do that You don't have anything to go by as far as to see if the left and the right fork are even. My dad have the special tool to measure thing down to the micro meeter. I don't think he'll let me use that to test out my bike. He use it for for and it's a lot of money.
If I go by a ruler, which I did the last time. My left and right turn don't seem to balance each other. That's why I've raise it back to the 3rd line on the fork that is indicated by Yamaha.
I've ask other rider to see if it's ok for the front to be higher than the rear. He said that it's dangerous because you're more prone to having a wheelie if you're not careful. Which I don't need.
I'll take any input people. Just want to be safe.
If it's your dad's why don't you ask him to measure it. You should keep the front and rear the same. If the front is higher you could also get real bad head shake causing you to wreck. If you can't get some thing to make sure they are both the same then I would just leave it stock or take it some where that can do it for you. Like you said just to be safe.
 

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Does anyone have a pic of their lowered from end so I can make sure that I am lowering the right pieces? I think I am, but I just want to make sure before I screw something up and the dynamics of the bike get all f#%ked up.
 

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Can someone post me a write-up of how to lower the front end from start to finish pls? I can figure out how to the rear. Oh btw - I don't have any stands yet either :eek5
 
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