Lowering Blocks

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WFO-SG

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Hey guys I have some lowering blocks my wife got me for xmas. They seem to be pretty nice. 1''-3'' drop in rear. I asked my shop that is doing my work on bike If they could install and they said to stay away from them. Said it puts the shocks at a bad angle, horrible ride, and can eventually blow the seals.

Anyone agree? Ill take their word bc the owner and the guy tearing apart my bike both said the same thing on two different occasions. They said they would install If I wanted to but are telling me the damage that can happen. Said to go with Air ride eventually(which I will).

Anyone have lowering blocks and no issues? Anyone get them and have issues?

Thanks. I got their thoughts on it, but looking for more. Not saying I dont believe them, just seeing if maybe a trick to it or something to lower the bike with these properly.
 

Bill

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I had them on my 06, took them off as the 18"rear would hit the fender at big bumps.

I have no desire to use them again...

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soundzinstall

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My recommendation if you want the lower ride is to buy air ride. You can even buy some pretty affordable air ride systems and not have issues. If something fails or causes a wobble at a higher speed, could be worth a whole lot more to you!

Stick to a replacement style lowering shock or air ride system, just my two cents.
 

WFO-SG

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Ok thanks guys. If they cause so much issue like the shop said then I wonder why big name guys like sinister,bad dad,etc make them. But thanks guys. I took the shops word because they could easily put them on just to make money. I dont have a desire to add them and they werent that much.
 

soundzinstall

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Ok thanks guys. If they cause so much issue like the shop said then I wonder why big name guys like sinister,bad dad,etc make them. But thanks guys. I took the shops word because they could easily put them on just to make money. I dont have a desire to add them and they werent that much.

If the customer is buying, they are correct, right? HA! Sometimes, you just have make and sell what sells, would be my best explanation there. I could ask Derk @ Bad Dad to see what his thoughts on this are as well. I would still recommend the same as your local shop and kudos to them for the honesty!
 

WFO-SG

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True. I guess If it sells. But If I had a shop I wouldnt be making these know that I know what I know. Just me. But yeah the shop doing the work is awesome. Both guys on seperate occasions apart from each other told me stay away and both described the issues that can happen. Said If I want them on, they will do it, but he said I told you this for a reason. Great guys. Will go back to them for everything.

Would my local HD dealer that screwed me over told me? Probably not
 

soundzinstall

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True. I guess If it sells. But If I had a shop I wouldnt be making these know that I know what I know. Just me. But yeah the shop doing the work is awesome. Both guys on seperate occasions apart from each other told me stay away and both described the issues that can happen. Said If I want them on, they will do it, but he said I told you this for a reason. Great guys. Will go back to them for everything.

Would my local HD dealer that screwed me over told me? Probably not

Sadly, they probably would not have. Just glad you found a shop that did! I have tried the lowering blocks, and as a temporary thing while I'm waiting for air ride or something, it "works" but its definitely not a long term thing. Good only for the look in my opinion.
 

Bagged64

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There are 2 kinds of lowering blocks that people say are good. They would be Pingel and LA Choppers. I am trying the LA Choppers 1" blocks with my Arnott air ride setup.
 

Opunui

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I have designed and built numerous custom air rides. I use lowering blocks from LA chopper with my rear air ride. No problem yet. The only problem would be if you blew a seal and the shock bottoms out you would be riding on the fender.
 

Sonic69

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ihave a friend that has 2" with his Arnott airride. He wanted it to sit as low as possible at shows. He has had this set up for over a year and no problems yet.
 

Buggy

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I run a set of 1" lower and it rides a lil diff but not enough to make me take them off. The main thing also is do you have wire harness in your fender?
 

SUAVE

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ihave a friend that has 2" with his Arnott airride. He wanted it to sit as low as possible at shows. He has had this set up for over a year and no problems yet.

me and my buddy ride the same way. no problems what so ever. hes had his like that for a year and a half.
 

bagger specialties

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I had them on my bike long time ago. they where ok i guess . but they do put the shocks at a differant angle and is a little stiffer ride. the shocks damaged my saddle bags thats why i took mine off.Found out later I had to shim bags out for my year.


but anyways them thing are cheap way to lower your bike and actually they are for show only.
 

Opunui

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My recommendation is if you are installing them with an air ride kit move your harness to the left side of fender at the apex of the radious of the fender. This will remove damaging the wire harness in case you have failure.

Just a thought..
 

Bagged64

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Opunui, do I need to use all the spacers that come with the LA Choppers kit on my 2002 Road King with my Arnott shocks?

On the LA Choppers kit that I have puts the shock in pretty much the same angle as stock I believe.
 

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