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OK, I'm thinking about installing clip ons on my 750M. Problem is that there's about 3/4 of an inch of fork tube above my triple tree, as well as about 7/8 of an inch of room below the triple tree...the clip ons are over an inch in depth. Question time: 1. What is the stock height of the fork tube above the triple tree (I bought the bike used, and I'm not sure if it's been diddled)? 2. What changes can I expect if I vary from stock steering geometry, i.e., if I go up in the trees what can I expect as opposed to what can I expect if I push the tubes out?
The heim joints in my rear are at their lowest setting, so I hypothesize that I'm going to have to raise the front end, and match that raise in the rear.
Granted, I could just try different combinations and fiddle with it until it feels comfortable, but your collective expertise might save me a few hours in the garage.
 
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Re: 01 750 Monster, Front suspension height & mod questions? (SoCalMonster)

don't know what the stock fork geometry on your bike is (you can look this up in the service manual, or someone here will advise the measurements).

on pushing the fork tubes down or raising them, here is what you can expect in terms of handling:

- raise the forks in the triple tree (i.e.: decrease rake) and the front end will stick more in corners, but at extreme can become twitchy (this can be compensated for with a steering damper).

- lower the fork tubes in the triple clamp (i.e.: increase rake) and the front end will become less responsive in corners but the bike will become more stable in straight line.

hope this helps.

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Re: 01 750 Monster, Front suspension height & mod questions? (mh900e0974)

Yeah, I figured that the bike would turn quicker with less rake...always a balance between maueverability and stability. I was also concerned with how the new angle would effect the rear suspension...especialy since I'd like to run the clipons below the triple tree and thus move more weight forward with the new lean angle.
 
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Re: 01 750 Monster, Front suspension height & mod questions? (SoCalMonster)

I had an M750 at one time. I raised the fork tubes in order to install some clip ons above the top triple clamp. Worked like a charm and the bike handled great. Besides, from what I understand the monster needs a little more weight on the front end.
 
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Re: 01 750 Monster, Front suspension height & mod questions? (SoCalMonster)

slam those tubes up in the triples! i experimented a lot with the Hotrod M944 last summer when i installed a set of LE tweaked 900SS forks on it. i have them riding pretty high in the triples and the bike is stable. see pic. i do have a steering damper on it too. i ended up with my clip-ons below the top triple. it's a pretty far forward lean but i think it's comfy. make small adjustments, take it for a ride, adjust some more.
 
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Re: 01 750 Monster, Front suspension height & mod questions? (mikeinwi.)

That thing is sick. Please post some more pics. I'd love to see the exhaust. I'm thinking about fabricating my own set of two into two drag pipes. I'd like to see what's hanging in back.
 
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