How to Install a Lowering Link on a CBR 1000RR

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How to Install a Lowering Link on a CBR 1000RR
Lowering links are ideal for shorter CBR1000RR riders. (motorcyclist. image by Yuri Bizgaimer from

The CBR1000RR has been Honda's flagship sport motorcycle since its introduction in 2004. The bike sporting many of the same technological advancements found on Honda's Grand Prix racers. The CBR features a tall seat height that can be unnerving for shorter riders. If you want to lower the height, a set of lowering links can be installed between the CBR's rear swingarm and the frame that can lower the motorcycle by as much as three inches.

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Things you need

  • 5mm Allen wrench
  • Triple tree stand
  • Jack stand
  • Wood block
  • 12mm wrench
  • Socket wrench
  • Lowering link kit
  • Torque wrench
  • 12mm socket

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  1. 1

    Remove the lower fairings from your CBR1000RR. Unscrew the bolts alongside the fairing panels with a 5mm Allen wrench. Pop the plastic rivets out from the V-shaped panel between the lower fairing panels, located near the front of the motor. Lower the panels away from your CBR.

  2. 2

    Place your CBR on a triple tree stand to lift and support the front wheel above the ground. Place a jack stand beneath the motor to raise the rear wheel off of the ground. Place a wood block under the rear wheel to support the weight off the wheel and swingarm.

  3. 3

    Remove the nuts and mounting bolts securing the stock rear links to your CBR's swingarm and frame, using a 12mm wrench and a socket wrench fitted with a 12mm socket. Pull the links away from the motorcycle.

  4. 4

    Place the lowering links against the stock link's mounting point on your CBR's frame. Slide the mounting bolt through the link and frame, then tighten the nut and bolt with a 12mm wrench and a 12mm socket.

  5. 5

    Lift the rear wheel slightly until the lowering links' remaining eyes are aligned with the swingarm's mounting location. Bolt the lowering links to the swingarm, using a 12mm wrench and a 12mm socket to tighten the mounting bolt and nut. Torque the lowering links mounting nuts to 33 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench fitted with a 12mm socket.

  6. 6

    Reinstall the lower fairings onto your CBR. Tighten the fairing's bolts with a 5mm Allen wrench. Reinsert the plastic rivets into the V-shaped panel at the front of the motor.

  7. 7

    Remove the jack stands and the triple tree stand, then lower your CBR onto its side stand.

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