Lowering my 250 TE… Cafe Husky

8 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Lowering my 250 TE… Cafe Husky
Husqvarna TE 250

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Location: San Jose, California Husqvarna Motorcycle: 2011 TE310. 2003 TE610e

Dog bones are the easiest and cheapest method, but can be trouble. The problem with the dog bone is that it doesn’t reduce the suspension travel, it just shoves the tire up higher, closer to the fender. So if you bottom out, it can rub.

If you do it hard and at speed, it can lock up and mess up your day.

Laura Husqvarna

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Anyway, on the Lowering. I don’t want to spend too much money right now on suspension on my TE 250 at the moment. Is there anything wrong with bringing the front forks up a bit so that the front end sits lower and then compressing the spring a bit on the rear so that sits lower too. I’m not an expert rider and just want my feet to touch the ground a little better without sacrificing the saddle foam.

When I get used to the bike, then I can think about customizing the suspension. Is there anything wrong with doing the quick fix. thoughts. thanks

MontyCarlo said: ↑

Laura, on your suspension – nothing wrong with raising the forks up a bit, but not too much. After you’ve raised the forks, make sure you test with a couple of controlled, big hits to the front suspension to make sure you don’t bottom out into the fender (crash hazard).

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Also, you definitely don’t want to compress the rear spring, you want a lighter spring so the suspension will sag more. Compressing the spring with extra preload will probably have negative effects. Springs are cheap and easy to change.

Shaving the seat is still a very good way to go, and a good upholstery shop can replace the foam with something a bit more to your liking, so you don’t sacrifice any comfort where it counts.

Matter of terminology “decreasing preload” of the rear will allow it to sag more when weighted- it will compress more (changes resting position of the spring) resulting in the bike sitting lower. While the suspension characteristics and chassis tuning will be thrown off- it is “OK” to have your bike’s sag set so that it sits a little lower. As long as you know you are throwing off the chassis and suspension and are choosing to give that up for a better height bike for you.

Obviously some of this depends on your skills if this is beneficial. Once you start pushing the bike you may notice some poor handling or excessive bottoming- you’ll have to make adjustments as needed- might need to add a little preload back… Your dampening settings will be way off- might benefit from more compression- and less rebound. Play with it… Again- if its not in race conditions or speed you can probably get away with doing this…

Now you have a “chopper” though, so you’ll want to decrease rake by raising the fork tubes in your triple clamp- this will also lower your bike a little as well. Again you’ll be giving up some clearance so as stated previously watch the bottoming at high speed G-outs.

Once you get used to this bike you can raise it back up when you have more confidence. Or if you are going to ride more aggressively but really really like the bike lower- get it professionally lowered internally. My buddy road a 08TE510 Chopper (I gave him crap) by decreasing preload, cause he couldn’t swing his leg over the bike- but as he started to get better and started bottoming and pushing the bike in corners he set up his sag to spec.

Took him about a year.

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