Has anyone tried lowering a Chieftain? What handling issues are there? This kit is offered on eBay, not much information.
Thanks! Just wondering what the down side would be and if anyone out there has personally tried this kit and was it worth the trouble.Be careful about how you lower the bike. Lowering the back without a corresponding change to the front will alter the factory trail...and handling. The impact may be minimal or not depending on the amount the rear suspension is lowered. Do we have any "engineers" here that would care to elaborate?
installed a 1 1/2 inch lowering kit from dirty bird concepts , I didn't notice any handling difference , it takes about an hour to install ,removing the battery box is tricky. I think it feels better under hard braking than stock, no more feeling like I'm going over the bars! Go to your local Indian dealer , most of them stock this kit.Has anyone tried lowering a Chieftain? What handling issues are there? This kit is offered on eBay, not much information.
Just received a kit from VicBaggers. They accomplish the same amount of drop as the DB set but are 25% cheaper.i lowered mine with the dirty bird setup and love it. I'm 5'6" and now sit flat footed with tennis shoes on at a stop light. Didnt seem to have any affect on the handling. I run 10lbs a of air solo and ninety when there's two up
I would think you would need something like the Dirty Bird peace pipe exhaust to do that (3 inch drop). I did the Vic bagger kit and it's the max I think you can get with OEM exhaust.They say you can go down 3" on these bikes without too much change in ride. I did 1.5 inches on my Vintage. I did see in my dealer a slammed Vintage and the guy loves it!
I'm lazy so I won't search and list each thread on the two forums where you'll find this info. I would assume however that there won't be a single comprehensive step by step that will satisfy you completely.For the members out there that have installed the lowering kits did you do the work yourself or leave it to the professionals? I'm looking at doing a dirt bird kit wondering if anyone's willing to share the instructions so I can gauge if its something I can do myself.