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lowering rear end 996

I need to lower bike rear end for about 15mm. bike is daily driven, city, I need it lower for better maneuverability

Is possible to lower it standard by 15mm? or it needs diferent (adjustable) rod?
If I got it correctly, standard rod is at its maximum size (cannot go any lower)?
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As delivered new the 996 came with a adjustable rod for ride height that was NOT at the minimum adjust ability. Usually there would be 3 or 4 threads showing on either end and if you bottom it you will probably get your 15mm. That's the easy part.

The hard part is getting the rod to turn, as delivered there was no anti-seize on the threads so it is very common to have the ride height rod seized solid. know that the end of the rod and NUT with a stripe is left hand thread. You break both locking nuts on either end free in the same direction and then rotate the center rod to raise or lower the height. If you remove and heat the rod it often helps and if you take it apart be sure to coat the threads and then you can adjust easily afterwards. Making changes should take minutes once free.

know that if you change ride height you will see a different chain tension so before changing it check and set tension. after changing ride height measure the chain slack again and what you get now is your new spec.

if you ride height heim joints are already buried then someone already lowered the bike, you would need a shorter rod to go lower.
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thanks both ! have enough infos now. will give it a try these days. fingers crossed
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What I have done in the past is remove one or both lock nuts. Removing one nut and you tighten all the way into the rod and you can still lock the shaft with one nut. Bike will drop quite substantially. Take both nuts off and tighten then in the rod and you get an insane amount of drop with no adjustments. Or you could cut 10mm off the standard thread end of the rod and drill and tap it. You loose the hex off that end but you still have the other to hold when adjusting. DONíT turn the chain adjuster to the opposite direction for more lowering as you will get a rather severe amount of wear on the plastic chain guard under the swingarm.
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