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Old 05-19-2010, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default How to lower the rear on an 82 Maxim 550?

Does anybody know the best way to lower the rear suspension on a 82 maxim 550. looks to me that the only way is to cut the springs....not sure if this is a good idea or if this is the correct step to take. Also if I do so the bike will be much lower to the ground than factory...should I extend the swing arm for more stability? If anyone has answers to this thank you.

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Does anybody know the best way to lower the rear suspension on a 82 maxim 550. looks to me that the only way is to cut the springs....not sure if this is a good idea or if this is the correct step to take. Also if I do so the bike will be much lower to the ground than factory...should I extend the swing arm for more stability? If anyone has answers to this thank you.

Buy shorter shocks. A set of 10.5" shocks is probably as low as you'd want to go. You shouldn't find any stability problems.

You can find 10.5" shocks on ebay, usually marketed to Sportsters (you may have to grind a little from the bottom mount to make them fit).
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Thanks,

I will look into lowering the springs some time soon.
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i just traded my 81 550 for an 89 f150..sucks getting rid of it (first bike) lots of memories on that thing...so underpowered though!
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