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V85TT Suspension Thread

GTM®

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Quick update, just added the affordable MShock option at stock length and -25 mm for shorter riders;

 

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Can I get away without shortening the side stand. I have the forks at line four also. I suspect the center stand will be a bitch too
Hard to say until I install one at the shop, but on the V7s, while not ideal, it's not a make or break ordeal to go shorter... So I'd have to guess that the V85TT would be the same, else the shock companies wouldn't sell them without a flagged note or recommendation on it.
 

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Vagrant, as it is a lazy Sunday morning before I do anything fun, I thought I'd toss some info out from my experience with a lowered bike.

The front has been lowered this much:
Fork Drop

and the rear shock rides on a 1" shorter straight wound spring .

Here you can see the bike relative to the verticals in my garage door and I've taken some rudimentary measures across several places up around the steering head and I feel the bike leans at a 9deg angle while on its side stand. I will probably shorten it (would give me greater comfort on weird camber surfaces as well as in a strong breeze. Understand I've had this setup and stock side stand for some time with no issues to date all of which I think might help assuage your concerns?
Leaning

Clearly none of this is exact, but I hope this helps your consideration. All the best and enjoy your Sunday!
 

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Pridanc, yes ,that answers the question. I'd call that 5 rings down and I run 4. I'm guessing that your spring and the lower shock are pretty close to the same distance.
Now my only concern is will I lose enough ground clearance to make me upset.
Thanks.
 

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Vagrant,
Same question I had for myself until I considered what my old bod could take and how tough a path I was willing to ride. Alas, I decided that some rocks were OK but at my ripe old age I prefer fire-roads which tend to eliminate the "beat the tar outa me" rough stuff. Thus, losing the ground clearance has not been noticed. Stay well. PDC
 

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I have a 21 v85tt with a lower fork tube that is bent and has a kink so needs replaced.
I’m trying to get the shock foot bracket off, the lock screw has a funny head on it, does anyone know what tool it takes?
Anyone know of a right fork I can buy?
Also, since I’m working on the suspension I was thinking of different options for forks.
I plan on putting Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T on front and back to do some single track and the K.A.T this fall or in the spring.
So, I’m looking for very soft suspension.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Jeff
 

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scottmastrocinque

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Probably a torx head.

Did you know you can take pictures and post them here? That always makes it so much easier and much more likely to receive help.

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Calvin Cran

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Can I get away without shortening the side stand. I have the forks at line four also. I suspect the center stand will be a bitch too
I have the minus 24mm mshock and raised the forks 4 lines. I used the side stand as factory for about 3 months and many times on off camber parking areas it was close to falling over, so I cut 1 " out of the side stand which worked out great. The photo shows a tight fitting bolt shank I put inside before rewelding. The center stand is a problem which I solved by carrying a 6" piece of 2x4 with 45 degree angles cut into both ends, I then roll the front or rear up onto this 2x4 and the bike is easy to put on the center stand. I just generally use the center stand in my garage. SAM 3081
 

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Hi Matty, since your new here, and per the paragraphs at the top of the page, click on the STORE tab at the top. I sell Andreani, but don't recommend them for N. American customers. Springs and valving work hand in hand, but up to you. People like to try to make me wrong despite my decades of experience and knowledge. You'll want to do both front and rear... I always say if your 4-wheel vehicle needed a suspension upgrade, would you only do one end? It's more critical on a motorcycle.
The front and rear are a no-brainer. This was one of those cases where you ask a question you know the answer to, but ask stupidly anyway. Thanks. What do you think if the Andriani vs Matris?
 

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Does anyone here know how much height adjustability the Matris R Mono has?
It says ot is adjustable, just a t don't see any range listed.
 
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