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post #1 of 18 Old Dec 20th, 2006, 11:11 pm Thread Starter
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Talking Just Lowered Driver's Pegs Today

Greetings All.

Just received, installed and went for a short ride with Suburban Machinery's driver peg lowering brackets. So far so good. Definitly a difference, even on the short ride I went on tonight. Gear shifter and rear brake is easier to find, though the gear shift takes a bit more "throw" to up-shift. Cornering is fine so far, but I am not an aggressive rider anyway so I'm not too worried about scraping anything.

Guess the most important part of this minor mod is that I rode about 3500 miles on a bone stock bike and read everything I could find on this forum BEFORE I invested in the lowering brackets. Thanks to all of you that contribute so much to this site. I really appreciate it.

Happy Holidays and Safe Riding...

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You can adjust that shifter, not hard to do.
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Keep us informed on the long time test. How tall are you? What is your inseam length?

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I know so much of this is personal, based on body size, leg length, etc, etc, etc. BUT I LOVE MY LOWERING KIT BY SUBURBAN! Wouldn't want to ride without it. Every time I ride an LT without them I feel really cramped, and I have relatively short legs! I also have very bad knees. SUBURBAN GOT IT RIHGT FOR ME! Comfort city!

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last year prior to a 5000 mile trip I put the lower pegs on mine and really liked them. I am 5'6 with a 29 inseam. About 2 months ago I went riding with a group of guys and we were riding the twisties very aggressively and I found myself scraping the pegs alot. So I put the stock ones back on. I am not scraping anymore but even with my short stature I feel cramped after a few hours. I am putting the lowered pegs back on. Tall guys must really feel cramped on a LT with stock pegs.

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I almost sheared mine in two pieces. But before that happened, I lifted the rearend of the LT in the north GA mountains and decided enough was enough. I pulled over and removed them immediately before I got myself killed.

They are great for comfort...but very dangerous for aggressive riding.
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Regarding the shifter: You can also install an inexpensive product from Ilium Works that makes the toe part "fatter", and thus easier to work with. It just slides over the stock shifter.

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You made the right move for your riding style Joe. My concern was always even if your not an agressive rider but have to make that one agressive move to avoid a collision your might just stick the peg and lose it...
BTW how are the pegs on the GT???

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Another one of those "I love my lowering kits and I've got a short inseam how do guys with long inseams handle it."

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BTW how are the pegs on the GT???
VERY high! I've only scraped the feelers on the pegs a couple of times. Wore through the toe sliders of my SIDIs though.

The high pegs on the GT is why some riders like the ergos of the FJR better. I personally like tighter ergos, even though I'm 6'3" with a 34" inseam. And with tighter ergos comes improved lean angle. And what could be sweeter than that?!
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On my last LT I had the stock pegs and a set of Highway Ottomans. I was able to ride long distanes with that setup. However, when I bought my current LT it came with the Suburban Machinery lowering kit. I was dreading my ride from DC to Albuquerque without the Ottomans. After 30 min on the bike I realized the ride may not be torture after all. Ended up being comfortable all the way back. Including a 900 mile day!

All that to say that I also LOVE the lowered pegs as well!

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Love mine, sure they scrape, but thay fold up. Mine has nice rounded corners on the bottom of the bracket now, looks better.
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Y'all do know that you can also raise the seat to the higher position? You don't lose any ground clearance that way.

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Yea, but raising the seat only tilts the rear of the seat up which puts more pressure on the tail bone.
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Lowreing kit

I have been using suburban lowering kit for about one month and find it to be quite satisfactory, as long as you are not to aggressive in the curves. I ride one up and I have not had a problem.

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FWIW...

I'm 5'10" with a 31" inseam. I currently ride with the seat in the "high" position, though I may lower it once to see if I can ride without instant charley-horses in my hips. Then again, I may just ride....

Thanks for all of the feedback.

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Yea, but raising the seat only tilts the rear of the seat up which puts more pressure on the tail bone.
You are right, but that can be cured by cutting the front bracket of the seat and adding about 15 mm piece of steel as extension.
I had to do this as my power seat aduster lifts the tail of the seat 56 mm from the stock low position and I got the slipping downhill -feeling when the seat was in the top position. As a matter of fact I will still raise the front of the seat more this winter (and perhaps make it even adjustable - not powered, though). However, raising it still more will require small modifications to the front padding of the seat as it starts pressing the little plastic piece around the oddments lid lock.
I have some pics of this job but being now in Thailand I dont have my laptop along, but if anyone is interested I can post them after Jan 2nd.

And BTW, I also have the foot peg lowering kit and I am a very happy camper, too! In fact, riding bumpy road with the seat in high position I can almost do it like a motocross rider!

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I' also have a set of Suburban Machinery pegs and like the added room. Before I replaced my stock shocks I was concerned about dragging pegs in the twisties, however I live in flat country so I used them until I reached the twisties and then took them off. Since I installed my Wilburs shocks, which raised the bike 1/2- 3/4 inch I really haven't had many occurrences of dragging. However when I replaced my stock seat with a Rick Mayers custom seat I didn't like the feel of the SM lowering kit. With the lowering kit installed my legs seemed to pinch more at the edge of the seat. With my new seat I haven't been as bothered about peg location. I guess its a combination of many things on what "works" for you. As for me I now ride with my Wilburs and Rick Mayer seat and am happy as a pig in mud! (I keep the SM lowering kit in the trunk if I feel the need for a change on a long trip)

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