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Letting out the air in the rear shock.

drops the ride height, but only when you are Sitting on it. might get 1-2" while sitting.



Sliding the front forks up into the triples farther.

Should get about 1.5" drop up front, this would lower the Seat another .5" or so.



Going to a 120/80-16 rear tire.

This will drop the seat another .5-.75" and give the bike more off the line take off.

But it will also raise hwy rpm. (though not enough she can't still ride 80mph all day, just more handlebar buzz and noise.)



I have not looked into the mod much, but some sport bike shocks will fit the GL500 linkage, if you find one with less "eye-to-eye" distance it will lower the rear some more.

But be aware, you are lowering it at a ratio of ~2.5-to-1.

so if the shock is 12mm shorter, the rear will drop 1.25"
 
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I have not looked into the mod much, but some sport bike shocks will fit the GL500 linkage, if you find one with less "eye-to-eye" distance it will lower the rear some more.


I'm contemplating changing out the air mono-shock of my gl500 and replacing it with a later spring shock from maybe a CBR or something from the newer sport bikes. I have not taken any measurements neither do I know them but am curious if you have any more information regarding this. I think it would give the bike a nice modern touch with my cafe build.
 

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I'm contemplating changing out the air mono-shock of my gl500 and replacing it with a later spring shock from maybe a CBR or something from the newer sport bikes. I have not taken any measurements neither do I know them but am curious if you have any more information regarding this. I think it would give the bike a nice modern touch with my cafe build.


i did it. used a shock from a cbr600rr. simple bolt in install.. have to cut a small notch out of theupper mount so the reservoir will fit but its simple enough.













 

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[quote name='Trooper' date='14 December 2011 - 01:13 PM' timestamp='1323897211' post='133508']

i did it. used a shock from a cbr600rr. simple bolt in install.. have to cut a small notch out of theupper mount so the reservoir will fit but its simple enough.



It's important to note that trooper's bike is already a ways off of stock. The biggest problem you would run into with a stock bike would be the airbox. He's running pods so not an issue.
 

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Hello all... Great posts and great info!

I have a 78 cx500c and I want to lower the rear end to get a more chopper/bobber look.

My bike does not have springs in the rear like a lot of posted bikes I have been reading.

My cx has the pro-link which runs along the bottom back to the back axel.

It looks like there is one big shock in the middle positioned under the seat area.

I am new to working on motorcycles. Basically my questions are:

What would be the best way to lower the rear end with this set up?

Should I take out the one shock in the middle and put on shocks on the outside like the Harley shocks everyone seems to go to?

Or is there a way to let out some air or lift out of the big shock in the middle? If so how? And how much lower can I expect?

Anyone's input will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you all!
 
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