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    Raising the height of my motorbike

    Hello folks,

    I have a Yamaha Zeal 250 that sits a bit low and I want to raise it's sitting height. I understand it is possible to do through YouTube videos by increasing the angle of the rear wheel support bar. However I would prefer if I can get it done for cheap by a mechanic who knows better (since I am pretty much a starter). Can anyone recommend somebody close to Perth who could help me with this for cheap?

    Thanks much.


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    Marty MOOSE may be able to assist with fettling your existing suspension, not sure to what extent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprint View Post
    Marty MOOSE may be able to assist with fettling your existing suspension, not sure to what extent...

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    Raising the height of my motorbike

    Posted this on Airtasker as well if anyone here would like to pick up this job! (As long as you know what you're doing!)

    Check it out
    https://www.airtasker.com/tasks/rais...ign=task-share

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    Not sure how the suspension is set up on your bike but I raised the rear of my BB to quicken the steering just by putting a 6mm shim on the top of the rear shock mount
    Some have done the same just by using washers, 6mm raises mine ~30mm at the tail of the bike so probably about 1/2 that where you sit
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    Obvious solution you could get your seat built up depends on what you are after more leg room or greater ground clearance.
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    or sit on a pillow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwillia View Post
    or sit on a pillow?

    Ditto...Airhawk seat..mebbe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by swerveut View Post
    Hello folks,

    I have a Yamaha Zeal 250 that sits a bit low and I want to raise it's sitting height. I understand it is possible to do through YouTube videos by increasing the angle of the rear wheel support bar. However I would prefer if I can get it done for cheap by a mechanic who knows better (since I am pretty much a starter). Can anyone recommend somebody close to Perth who could help me with this for cheap?

    Thanks much.


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    Post up the you tube link please.......

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    Hey I am after a little ground clearance first, then maybe work on seat height later. My shocks are currently already at max pretension level. YouTube video link below shows how the swing arm can be adjusted which is what I am looking to do, however I am not sure even if this can be done on the Yamaha Zeal, so prefer someone with more experience to have a look and see what options there are to raise it a bit.

    https://youtu.be/j6bfH1Kd7Tg


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    put air in tyres....?
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    Just my observation of that video (but I could be wrong) is that the bike had been lowered 2 inches from stock height and then raised 1 inch from the lowered height, which would make the bike still 1 inch lower than stock height so it is still lowered not raised from it's original height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffy78 View Post
    Just my observation of that video (but I could be wrong) is that the bike had been lowered 2 inches from stock height and then raised 1 inch from the lowered height, which would make the bike still 1 inch lower than stock height so it is still lowered not raised from it's original height.
    Sure but that's not my bike... just wondering if something like this is possible on mine. Could not reach this nut really and don't have a proper stand to do this myself


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    Hey Marty mate, would you be able to help with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swerveut View Post
    Sure but that's not my bike... just wondering if something like this is possible on mine. Could not reach this nut really and don't have a proper stand to do this myself


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    Cool sorry about that I have this bad habit of stating the obvious


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    Might it be easier to move the pegs rather than alter the geometry of the bike?
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    How old is this bike? I'm guessing 15 years plus?
    If that's the case then probably the shocks have had it. Which would cause the bike to ride lower.
    Apart from non-knackerd shocks you may be able to find ones that are a little longer than stock if you are determined to raise it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug68 View Post
    How old is this bike? I'm guessing 15 years plus?
    If that's the case then probably the shocks have had it. Which would cause the bike to ride lower.
    Apart from non-knackerd shocks you may be able to find ones that are a little longer than stock if you are determined to raise it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swerveut View Post
    Hey I am after a little ground clearance first, then maybe work on seat height later. My shocks are currently already at max pretension level. YouTube video link below shows how the swing arm can be adjusted which is what I am looking to do, however I am not sure even if this can be done on the Yamaha Zeal, so prefer someone with more experience to have a look and see what options there are to raise it a bit.

    https://youtu.be/j6bfH1Kd7Tg

    Ah just had a look around at some pics of your bike on a microfiche and noticed it's a twin shock bike so the shock shim wont work
    Really need decent pics of the rear of the bike to do anything more I guess
    As Doug68 said maybe some longer shocks could be found that would lift it higher
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