Whether it’s just for style points, or to help those who are vertically challenged gain more confidence when coming to a stop, nothing looks or a feels better than a lowered bike. The obvious first step in getting the “Lowrider” look is, well, to lower it. There are several different methods to drop a bike and they can vary greatly in price and hardware. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to lower a bike is to install a Slammer Kit by Burly Brand. The kit includes a pair of compressed shocks, specifically designed to account for the amount of travel, compressed fork springs, and all the necessary hardware. Installation is simple and can easily be accomplished at home with basic tools in less than an hour, from set up to clean up.
Our 1989 FLHS project bike’s rear shocks are easily accessible and already had the bodywork removed, which made the installation a snap. Before we begin, special thanks are in order for Sesto Custom Cycles who helped us out with this tutorial
1. Compare the difference in height between a stock length and the Burly shock.
2. Using a flat jack, we raised the rear until the tire was slightly elevated, releasing any pressure off of the rear suspension.
3. Install the shoulder sleeve into the shock mounts and one additional spacer between the shocks and the frame.
4. When reinstalling the shocks, don’t forget to use a thread locker and retighten the bolts to the recommended torque specs.
5. The rear ride height can be adjusted should bottoming occur by using the spanner wrench to rotate the cam.
6. We removed the triple tree to access the springs. Flatten the retainer washer before removing the large steering stem nut.
7. Remove the top pinch bolts on the triple tree and gently tap the underside to gain access to the forks tubes.
8. Be careful when removing the fork cap, as the springs are under pressure and remove the stock spring.
9. Drop in the longer Burly spring first. Next, insert the Burly helper spring, washer, PVC spacer, and another washer.
10. Reinstall the fork caps, and triple tree, and steering stem nut to factory specs.
After installing the kit, the bike was 1-1/2 inches lower in the front and 1-3/4 inches lower in the rear.