Lowering Your Kawasaki ZX-14
Kawasaki ZX-14 Lowering Links Installation
I bought my 2009 ZX-14 Special Edition with no intent to modify or change anything. Well, it started with just some small mods, like chrome pegs, chrome clutch cover, etc. Than I started seeing some dropped and stretched ZX-14's in magazines. Well, it got me researching and trying to figure out how hard the project was, and if it was worth the trouble and investment.
I've wasted a lot of money buying things, that just didn't turn out to be exactly what I thought it would be. So, after a lot of researching, I decided to tackle the project, especially after stretching the bike 9".
It turned out to be a pretty simple project, and the look and feel was more than I expected. Now when I sit on it, it feels more comfortable to me. There was no difference in the ride of the bike, regards to hardness over bumps and such. It rides nice, and feels a little safer because I feel more comfortable on it.
Installation Difficulty Rating, 1 - 10 (being hardest): 3
Man Power: 1 person job
- Front and rear motorcycle stands.
- Motorcycle sissor lift or an auto floor jack, like used for autos. I had a Sears Craftsman Floor jack that worked out perfect. Low enough to get under the bike.
- A set of good metric sockets and metric wrenches.
That's about it.
New zx-14 lowering links. Made of 6061 T6 Aluminum for added durability and safety
- Start by making sure you have a good flat area to work. Lift the rear of the bike with the rear stands, now lift the front of the bike with the front stands.
- You will need to remove the belly pan of the bike, so that you do not damage it with the floor jack.
- You will need to remove the exhaust from the rear brake side (right side), so you can pull the nuts out completely.
- Slide and position the floor jack with a 1x1 block of wood on the support of the floor jack and position the block of wood dead center of the shock knuckle, ensuring you do not block the lower nuts you will need to remove.
- Jack the floor jack, just enough to support the bike. Do not lift at this point. Loosen up the top and lower nut on the oem links that are connected to the shock.
- Remove the nuts on the top and lower bolts. You will have to jack the floor jack a little so that you can slide out the bolts from both upper and lower. You shouldn't have to beat on anything. Jacking the bike a little will allow the bolts to slide out.
- Once the upper the lower bolts are removed, install the new lowering links. Place the upper bolt in first. Hand tighten the nut at this point.
- To align the lower hole to the shock mount, you will need to lower the bike with the floor jack. Once aligned the bolt should slide in pretty easy. Install the nut and tighten.
- Depending on what lowering links you purchase, it could be lowered from 1.5 to 2.5 inches. I've also seen 3" inches lowered from stock. The furthest hole on the new links is the lowest position.
- Make sure you tighten and torq all the bolts to manufacturer specs.
- Lower and remove the floor jack.
- Install the belly pan
- Install the exhaust
- Lower and remove the bike stands.