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    I have a '08 ST with lowered suspension and low seat. I see posts concerning moving forks in the clamps, could I have detailed instructions as I am mechanically (my wife would say mentally) challenged?

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    Well, don't just loosen the pinch bolts and hold the brakes and push down on the handle bars. The change can be rather abrupt.
    Actually I kinda did that on my Wee Strom during a fork replacement. That's why I know.
    Made it kinda of easy to tap gently on the top with a rubber mallet to get the forks back where I wanted them though.
    Perhaps a better mechanic will give you better instructions.
    With the front wheel off and the pinch bolts loosened you could try tapping the forks up into the triple tree. Problem with that is you are pounding on the springs and fork fluid and that dampens the blow. If the forks move easily after the clamps are loosened you could try turning them and push up as you do so,

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    Emory - can I ask what you are trying to achieve by moving the fork tubes?

    Most people who do this move the forks up a few millimetres in order to sharpen the steering a little.
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    Interesting discussion. I owned a factory-lowered '07 ST and it came from the factory with the forks tubes protruding about 0.75" above the top clamp (I suppose to lower the bike as much as possible). There wasn't much room to raise the fork tubes any further, as they'd make contact with the handlebars. In theory, lowering the fork tubes would increase the rake and make the bike less agile (but more stable).
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    Just trying to get the bike just a little lower. Tried the extra low seat and did not like it at all. I have the Sargent low.

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