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Hi - I searched for posts to see if anyone had lowered their Valk yet and couldn't find anything so I'll ask the group if there is anyone out there who can offer tips \ advice on dropping the frontend about 1/2" to 1". I'm installing Lower Wing lowering kit on the the rear and need to drop the front a similar amount.
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Other than raising the forks in the triple tree (front)?

You would have to cut down the spacers in the front forks to lessen the preload on the springs. This isn't an easy so easy to determine since our bike is so new. I haven't even seen anyone try to install new springs or break into the forks yet.

Front fork rake and geometry shouldn't be to hard to match if you have the bike on a jack stand. I'd start there. Lower the rear, then lower the front to match through the front forks. Just make sure you do it with the bike absolutely level! I once incorrectly set my front forks on a V-rod. I could not get the fall away check to work for the life of me until I discovered my mistake. I was off by 1/8". Sure that is a lot, but I was also cold and had too many beers.

Now that I mention it, do it sober. That will certainly help, too.
 

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Thank you all for your interest and input. We installed the lowering component from Lower Wing today, lifting the bike using a tip from "using a jack the wrong way", and it was not very stable. But with 2 of us, one stabilizing the bike and the other swapping out the component we got her done. One thing nobody mentioned, and it's not in the well written documentation that comes with the Lower Wing product, is that you need a 10MM allen wrench to get the most difficult bolt out.
We dropped the frontend by loosening the pinch bolts and lowering the jack to let the forks slide up the 1" that we needed to lower the frontend. You do not need to remove any of the frontend cowling to achieve this. We just marked the forks prior to loosening the pinch bolts.
The bike definitely sits lower, but it was raining when we finished, and it's supposed to be 45 with rain tomorrow so it may be awhile before I get to go for a ride, but I'm confident that it's going to be one sweet ride on my lowered sled!
 

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hows it look

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Thank you all for your interest and input. We installed the lowering component from Lower Wing today, lifting the bike using a tip from "using a jack the wrong way", and it was not very stable. But with 2 of us, one stabilizing the bike and the other swapping out the component we got her done. One thing nobody mentioned, and it's not in the well written documentation that comes with the Lower Wing product, is that you need a 10MM allen wrench to get the most difficult bolt out.
We dropped the frontend by loosening the pinch bolts and lowering the jack to let the forks slide up the 1" that we needed to lower the frontend. You do not need to remove any of the frontend cowling to achieve this. We just marked the forks prior to loosening the pinch bolts.
The bike definitely sits lower, but it was raining when we finished, and it's supposed to be 45 with rain tomorrow so it may be awhile before I get to go for a ride, but I'm confident that it's going to be one sweet ride on my lowered sled!
do you have any pics of this setup?does it have any issues in cornering or bottoming out?
 

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I raised my forks an inch. I do this on most of my bikes. My last was an NC700 and I raised them 1.5 inches. I did the Valkyrie an inch and it is perfect. I don't know if it is just because I am used to it, but it seems to always make the bike much more balanced as far as handling goes. It feels like the bike lost about 100 pounds. Steering is much lighter, more responsive and quick. Feels perfect to me. Not going to hurt anything and it does not look like it is leaning forward or anything, but you can tell sitting on it, and when you put it on the stand. Just my two cents.
 

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:D do you have any pics of this setup?does it have any issues in cornering or bottoming out?
Sorry, no pics but have not had any problems with cornering or dragging even with 2 up, but I am somewhat conservative rider. At least by Valk rider standards.
 
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