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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Just got my first GSX-R a few days ago... A 2008 750. I started riding about 12 years ago on a 1993 Ninja 600R. I had that thing for a long time until I got rid of it last year because it got ridden less and less until it was more in the way and a hassle to keep the carbs clean than anything else. I went about a year without a bike and didn't really miss it until I started looking at them online again... bought a Honda Rebel 250 (yeah you heard that right) and I actually like that little bike quite a bit, but it made me miss having a sport bike.

So here we are, so far I'm really liking the Gixxer! It's light years ahead of the old '93 ninja I had. As far as I can tell there aren't any problems with the bike yet, but I'm here reading and learning everything I can.
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 04:35 AM
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Welcome to the circus ... post a pic of your new toy
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Haven't had a chance to get her out and cleaned up for some better pictures yet, but here's what I got.
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And thanks for the welcome!
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Looks lowered ... may want to lift it back up to enjoy its full potential
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Interesting... What would I be looking for exactly?
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Is that done through adjustments on the stock suspension, or would there be aftermarket parts involved?
Also I can't figure out how to edit posts on here or else I would be combining some of these.

ETA: never mind, I figured out how to edit 🙂

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Definitely lowered. There are probably a set of lowering links on it that look like this located around the shock absorber.

https://www.amazon.com/Lowering-1999...a-761404717672
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...and welcome.
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Is this it?
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Yup!

That chain likely needs to be replaced too.
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Yeah the chain does look pretty bad, I sprayed some chain lube on it but I'll look into getting a new one.

So do those lowering links just come off and that's it, or was there a part that they replaced?
Has the bike being lowered caused any damage, like from the suspension being overly compressed for example?
And finally, how do I correct the front?

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You know what? It just occurred to me that in the pictures of the bike that I saw before I bought it I thought I noticed that the handle bars looked higher than normal, so I bet they slid the forks up in the clamp. So is there a mark or anything on the forks indicating where they should be set? I'm at work so I can't look at it right now.
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Is it just me or does it look like they raised the front? When you lower the front the forks stick out of the triple clamp a good bit but it looks like your's is slightly above the forks. Doesn't look like they did it evenly. The back looks quite a bit lower than the front.
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Usually, just swapping the dog bones back to stock will put you back to stock. The fork tubes should both be flush with the upper clamp, caps above.
Always change sprockets with the chain, someone probably geared it too. I prefer OEM with an x-ring chain, stock ratio.
Download manuals, both owners and service. Set ALL suspension settings back to normal using the manual. Go from there.
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^ What he said.
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Can you guys tell from this picture if the front has been messed with?
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Re: New guy intro

Those look fine. I run mine raised 5mm for better feel in the corners.
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Thanks for all the input guys.

I put the suspension on the back burner for now... Been getting her caught up on some (apparently not so routine) maintenance.

Check out this original air filter, built in February of 2008.

I sure hope somebody at least changed the oil in this thing 😕
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