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Old 04-30-2007, 04:19 PM
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I think I will be getting a KX250f. Since my hubby is gonna get a KX450f...we gett'in a heck of a deal buying 2 bikes.


The guy suggested a linkage that can be replaced to lower the 250f for me.
I want to bring the bike home as low as possible. He said he would install it for me when they assemble the bike. Does anyone know of anything else I can do/ad/change to lower the bike during assembly?
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:49 PM
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in the front, loosen up the upper and lower triple clamps and you can slide the front forks up a little bit
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:05 PM
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I think I will be getting a KX250f. Since my hubby is gonna get a KX450f...we gett'in a heck of a deal buying 2 bikes.




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Old 04-30-2007, 05:13 PM
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gosh ur lucky gettin two new kx's the same year holy crap i wish i was you
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:36 PM
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Jeniffer:

You can have the seat shaved downed & you can also have the sub frame cut to lower it just a bit, I don't know anyone that dose it near you, But I;ll ask around.
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:41 PM
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There are also suspension companies that will take apart your shock and forks and mod them to lower the bike. This is probably the best but most expensive way to go.

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Old 04-30-2007, 06:06 PM
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gosh ur lucky gettin two new kx's the same year holy crap i wish i was you

Um for the record.... I think that makes 3 2007 Kawasaki in one year

cant forget my new KX100!
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:15 PM
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mxmama, Shaving the seat down is very easy. Let me know if you want me to walk you through it. I did this on Tracys bike and she loved it. let me know

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Jeniffer:

You can have the seat shaved downed & you can also have the sub frame cut to lower it just a bit, I don't know anyone that dose it near you, But I;ll ask around.
I think shaving the seat, with this linkage, and sliding the forks will do it for me.


So how/what would I look for to find a way to have the seat shaved??
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:18 PM
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mxmama, Shaving the seat down is very easy. Let me know if you want me to walk you through it. I did this on Tracys bike and she loved it. let me know

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I may take you up on that

what tools would we need from start to finish?
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:24 PM
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I found this [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] for you. You have some options here trust me!


I also found the article from TWMX I used to cut the seat down. enjoy

Step 1) Remove the seat from your ride. Take off the seat cover using a small, flat-blade screwdriver and pliers to pull the staples out.

Step 2) Now itís time to decide how far you want to slam your ride; whether you crave a more comfortable riding position or a can-can set up, the choice is yours. It is a good idea to use a black Sharpie to draw out the area that needs to be cut out. These marks can be measured and used as guides while cutting for the rookie slicer. Alex has enough experience that he just freehands it.

Using an electric turkey-carving knife, start to cut the main part of the foam out. Take your time; if you take too big of a cut, the foam canít be reattached, so itís easier to go back and trim a little more off later than to make a big mistake.

Step 3) Now that the main portion of the foam is removed, itís time to finesse the seat back into a comfortable shape. The electric knife can be used to knock down any sharp edges and to round out the corners.

Step 4) To make life a little easier, Alex likes to use a right angle die grinder with a Scotch Brite disc to smooth out any sharp corners that are left. This will save a lot of time when it comes time to hand-sand the foam.

Step 5) The final prep involves some elbow grease. Using a long piece of 80-grit sandpaper, sand the foam from side to side. It can take a while to remove all the high spots, so take your time and look at the foam from many angles to discover any imperfections.

Step 6) Take a break, because youíre probably tired from all that sanding. Once you get your breath back, itís time to install the seat cover. Alex starts by lining up the nose of the seat and sticking it into place with three staples.

Step 7) Move to the back of the seat and line it up. It usually works best if the cover is pulled straight across. This will help eliminate wrinkles in the middle of the seat. Once in place, use three staples to secure the location.

Step 8) Line up the middle of the seat. Pull each side down and over until the cover is perfectly centered. Staple each side a few times to hold it in place. Use the graphics on the cover as a guide to keep the thing aligned correctly.

Step 9) Now that your cover is lined up, work your way around and staple every half of an inch. Use one hand to pull, and the other to run the staple gun. Remember, you need to pull hard so that the cover hugs the foam tightly.

Step 10) Most seat cover manufacturers leave the edges of their covers long to help the installation process. Use a razor blade to trim off any excess material. If it isnít removed it is guaranteed to bunch up and make seat installation a chore.
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:36 PM
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Just another note here. I used a sharpie (SP), tape measure and drew along the sides of the foam so I had a guide line to follow.

Heres a pic of the finished product. I'm going to be smoothing out the little high spots with a belt sander.





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Old 04-30-2007, 06:45 PM
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Well..... All the experience I have with recovering furniture is going to help me out here! And I am a PERFECTIONIST!




Thanks so much!!!


So you basically keep foam the same shape, just scale it down. Right?
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Yep, you'll get the hang of it once you get the cover off.
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:50 PM
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Another question....

did you keep the origanal height behind where she sits?

Does it just dip down where she is actually sitting?

Or the whole seat is shaved?
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