If you’re head and shoulders above the rest of us, you might find that your bike, made for the ‘average’ height rider, isn’t as comfortable as it could be.
Wemoto keep stock of TRW Lucas raising and lowering kits for exactly this purpose, and range from subtracting 50mm from the bike to adding 30mm. Height adjustment kits are also useful for modifying the handling of the bike, to either give you more stable handling, or to give you nippier cornering.
Now there is a bit of research to do to make sure that adjusting the height of your bike is the right thing to do, so keep reading for the pros and cons of adding these tail-raising/jack-up kits to your bike.
Raising the rear of the bike for height
Lucas tail raising (or ‘jack-up’ ) kits will raise the tail of the bike by 20-30mm: handy if you’re walking around with your head in the clouds and your bike’s a bit too short.
As the raising kit raises the frame, your footrests will raise with it – you won’t gain any length between seat and footrest. You will gain distance from the ground though. And your bike now has a slightly more leaning, agressive look.
Raising the rear of the bike for handling
This is the main reason most people want to raise their tails – the increased lean on the front changes the rake and trail of the bike. In short, you end up with a smaller turning circle for a nippy cornering, mean looking machine. You also increase ground clearance.
As you’re raising the centre of gravity, you’re doing the opposite of the lowering kit – you’ll lose a bit of straight-line stability so this is only a modification for a confident rider.
Some people try to lower the front instead to gain the same angle; however, this is an unsafe method as you’re simultaneously changing the trail and lowering ground clearance at the front. If you’re doing sport that requires this kind of modification, the last thing you want is to risk grounding the bike at high speed.
The technical stuff
All Lucas lowering and raising kits are made in Germany and are TUV homologated – made of laser cut stainless steel or billet aluminium, you can be confident they’re capable of handling all the weight and stresses the OEM drop links could.
Each kit is engineered specifically to a bike’s model for the best results, so you’ll need to browse for your model through the bike search at Wemoto.
(From these links you can navigate to your specific model and year)
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