Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: East TN (Knoxville area)
I still have not ridden the CB500X but a limited miles since lowering the rear. Planning a bit more of a ride today (probably 150 to 200 miles). Maybe some gravel road if not too wet from the storm that came thru TN during early morning hours on Feb 3.
I had not planned to lower the front originally. However, yesterday (Feb 3), I did lower the front 0.75 inch as near as I could measure. Had a hard time measuring the amount lowered as the triple tree seems to be sloped around the fork. So, measurement changes depending on where you put the micrometer or ruler. I think I have it dead on on both forks.
Procedure I used; Referred to Lowering Kit web site procedure. CAUTION: The main thing in the procedure is DO NOT LOOSEN all the Clamp bolts at one time. They say the tree may slip all the way to the bottom with everything loose.
1) Loosen the two top clamp screws.
2) Loosen the lower clam screw you desire to adjust first (L or R one) and adjust that fork upward (mine seemed to only move up about 1/4 inch). TIGHTEN that clamp back tight.
3) Go to the opposite clamp used on 2 and loosen that clamp. Adjust that fork up up (it will likely move up further than the other one). TIGHTEN that clamp back tight.
4) Repeat 2 and 3 until desired lowering is achieved and measurements on each fork are the same. I used Micrometer and Ruler measuring from the line formed by the fork cover and the top of the triple tree.
PS: Like I said - the tree seems to be sloped around the fork and there is a notch that extends up a bit. So, try to measure at the same orientation on both forks - maybe check with measurements from the bottom seal on fork to lower triple tree (I did not do that). I do not know how critical adjusting them the same is (0.1MM, 1.0MM or what?), just do the best you can.