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Lower clip ons?

I have a '96 Supersport and I'be been riding it a fair amount over the last few days and I realized the clip ons are too high for me. They really need to be down at least and inch or two. What is the best way to do this and still have the maneuverability needed for the street, i.e. not hitting the tank or fairing at full lock? Is it lowering the stock clip ons? Is it buying an aftermarket set with a small rise? Is it getting a set from another Ducati?

Thank you in advance. I know that you guys have a ton of experience with Supersports and someone here knows the right answers.

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I like the Woodcraft clip-ons with the 1" rise. The split clamp makes it easy to install and remove them as necessary. The 1.5" or 2" may give you a bit more adjustment.

You're welcome to try mine out once it's back together. It looks like this currently...
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I like the Woodcraft clip-ons with the 1" rise. The split clamp makes it easy to install and remove them as necessary. The 1.5" or 2" may give you a bit more adjustment.

You're welcome to try mine out once it's back together. It looks like this currently...
Thanks, Mike! Looks like I can try it out in the next few days?

Seriously that looks about right. Works with the 50mm Öhlins SS set up?

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You can slide the stock clip ons down a bit until the tube swells larger than 50mm. Check clearance along the way and if need be adjust the steering stops to prevent contact.

I am a fan of the woodcraft products but one area to be aware of is that the split of the clip ons is in a bad location and you cannot do much about it with the riser versions. It is not uncommon for the split to give you a wedge that can dent frame tubes if you are not careful in a fall. Without risers you can simply invert/swap sides and there is no issue but due to the design of the riser you cannot do this with the clip ons with rise so you have to watch for a clip-on damaging the frame at full lock.

I do use the woodcraft clip ons on all my track bikes so I am not a hater, just want you to be aware that if you use the riser version you need to pay attention to the split at full lock. Some can decrease steering lock to prevent this and get away with less steering lock (track bikes) but road riders often hate the idea of losing steering lock. My carby track bike has longer forks with the woodcraft's on top so there is no issue but a stock (under the tree) might. If you look at the picture shown you can guess where the issue is.
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Ah. that's a good point. Thank you. So if I do a zero rise version then I would be okay..

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Zero rise can be flipped and they move the clam shell meeting point and then you have no issues. The flipped controls are the same angle in a certain position so you are not running a funny angle.
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the 91 851 and 888 clip ons that fit these forks are lower than the ss ones, a good inch i'd say.

but they're certainly nla by now and they were quite a bit more expensive back in the day. like 2 or 3 times the price from memory.

maybe a set of ssie clip ons hard up under the top triple?

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Check the Apex clip ons. They have great adjustability.

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Thank you, guys. I'll do some looking at those. I did know the 888 ones fit but I am not sure if there aren't a couple of better options. I do like the idea of the ssie ones. Also, I'll look at the Apex ones too. Thank you.

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Fwiw, I have the 1" rise Woodcrafts and don't have any steering lock issues. I am using Corse Dynamics triples which allow the steering lock to be adjusted. That said, I have plenty of steering lock for street riding.

In my experience, the clearance issue is with the threaded section of the C-clamp. This section, depending on the position of the clip on can contact the frame tube in some situations. I see two work-arounds:
- use a clip on with a higher rise so that the offending portion of the clamp can be positioned lower that the frame tube, while maintaining the preferred bar position.
- do a bit of grinding on the offending portion of the C-clamp to increase clearance. With a bit of paint, it looks stock.

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