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I mentioned a short while ago that I was in talks with a company called Solid Performance regarding a two inch lowering service but the deal initially fell through due to miss communication but in the end they bent over backwards to see that I received the lowered suspension and was happy with it.

Solid Performance is a KTM dealer and Certified WP service center based in the Eastern United States.
I found out about Evan and Brandon from a KTM 1090 Adventure R review by Revzilla where they mention the service provided by them in the article.

https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/you-needed-to-know-ktm-1090-adventure-r
“If you’re still concerned, Solid Performance has developed a mod in conjunction with WP that will allow riders to shorten the actual suspension. Theirs is a physical modification to the suspension that allows them to drop the bike two inches while still maintaining decent ground clearance and performance. Because they are working so closely with KTM and WP, their kit is going to be available for anyone to order and have installed at their local dealer, regardless of where in the country you reside.”

Here is how there service works; they send you a lowered suspension (forks and shocks) set up for your weight, along with a lowered side stand. They also include all the parts they replaced in case you want to have the suspension reverted to stock.


When you receive the suspension you swap it out and send them your original components, they will use them for the next customer. They will initially charge you 3000.00 U.S. but when they receive the replacement components they will refund you the core charge.


So you start off with 8.6 inches of travel front and rear and end up with 6.6. The first thing I noticed apart from the fact I could find tera firma with both feet was it’s amazing! It feels much better than the stock setup and handles much better under breaking (no fork dive like the stock setup) it also has less of that fall over feeling at slow speeds due to the fact that the center of gravity is now two inches lower.

I originally had the Metisse collar installed and the fact that the bike was one inch lower was nice but the handling was no better, in fact it did not feel balanced (the front felt higher than the rear) and yes the forks were dropped 30mm in the triples.

So if you want a two inch lowered suspension set up for your weight and riding style that is as close to factory as possible you can’t go wrong with these guys.
 

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There was a YouTube by Steve Kamrad eight months ago which mentioned that Solid Performance will do all the work by converts your bike for only a little over 800 US. I am curious as to how much it cost you and what was your refund after you returned your components? Who was your contact at Solid Performance? I am also looking at doing this to my bike in the near future. There is also MOTO Lab that has a kit they can send to you or install. The kit is 500 US.
 

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There was a YouTube by Steve Kamrad eight months ago which mentioned that Solid Performance will do all the work by converts your bike for only a little over 800 US. I am curious as to how much it cost you and what was your refund after you returned your components? Who was your contact at Solid Performance? I am also looking at doing this to my bike in the near future. There is also MOTO Lab that has a kit they can send to you or install. The kit is 500 US.

Hi MichelLM,


The contacts at Solid Performance are

Evan Yarnall & Brandon Fleming

Solid Performance KTM
106 Robbins Rd.
Downingtown, PA 19335
484.593.0095 shop
solid-performance.com
[email protected]

[email protected]


As for Price I believe they are asking 900 US for the whole kit. That includes new springs for your weight and the lowering and a lowered side stand. I received a better price than this because the initial time line to receive my kit got pushed out over a month.


They took a 3000 US deposit and as soon as they received my shocks and side stand they refunded my credit card card.


I have to say they have transformed my bike, not only is the bike more manageable. The suspension feels dialed in, much more confidence inspiring in the twisties than the stock set up.




 

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Hi Mad_Mardigan
Thank you for the contact information at Solid Performance KTM. I will enquire with them further as to the price and what it includes. Did you install yourself? If not how much did your local KTM dealer charge you to take off the existing shocks and install the new ones? I am also wondering if we could arrange with Solid Performance a special for the members of this forum?

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Just heard back from Solid Performance and they state that the service you described is only offered for new bikes and that I would have to mail in the shocks and they would convert and send back. The price now is set at $1,000.00 US.
 

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Hi Mad_Mardigan
Thank you for the contact information at Solid Performance KTM. I will enquire with them further as to the price and what it includes. Did you install yourself? If not how much did your local KTM dealer charge you to take off the existing shocks and install the new ones? I am also wondering if we could arrange with Solid Performance a special for the members of this forum?

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Hi MichelLM,

I removed and installed the suspension myself took me about 4.5 hours, I took my time.
 

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Just heard back from Solid Performance and they state that the service you described is only offered for new bikes and that I would have to mail in the shocks and they would convert and send back. The price now is set at $1,000.00 US.



Sorry, I forgot to mention the new bike part, if you don't mind my asking how many clicks do you have on your bike?


They swapped my suspension at 1500km but only because I had originally contacted them when I had like 100km and they said they would get it to me in a week but that week turned into a month and a half.


That being said they now have my suspension for the next swap which is not brand spanking new, so I don't see why they would not do the swap if your in the same KM range.


Regards, John
 

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Hi Mad_Mardigen,
Just a question regarding shipping the springs to the US and return as it pertains to the US and Canadian Customs. Could you share what was required from your experience. I think it would benefit anyone who is thinking of having their suspension lowered in Canada.
 

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Hi Mad_Mardigen,
Just a question regarding shipping the springs to the US and return as it pertains to the US and Canadian Customs. Could you share what was required from your experience. I think it would benefit anyone who is thinking of having their suspension lowered in Canada.

They sent me the suspension and I had no duty to pay and when I shipped the core suspension back to them I shipped it via Canada post and marked it as a return.
 

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Now that you have had a chance to ride with the 2" lowering can you share your feedback on road and off road experience?



The set up is solid I'm up to 5000km now, I love it. Although 90 percent of my riding has been on the tarmac one up and two up and the other 10 percent limited to country dirt & gravel roads mostly two up.
 

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Thanks. This is great information. Solid Performance has my suspension right now doing the modifications. Yes, the cost is $1,000 which include a modified and powder coated kick-stand. One note that needs to be added here is the cost of shipping and this will vary depending on your location and how fast you want to ship it. I shipped mine form Austin, TX to Downingtown, PA. The cost for shipping was $120 each way, but if you are smart, you will add about $4000 in shipping insurance, which cost me an additional $80 each way. If you don't have the insurance, you will not get reimbursed for your $4000 suspension. I understand that a stock suspension is around $3000 and with the modification, it is $4000 if you had to replace it on your own nickel. Just thought I would add this to the conversation. I will get mine back next week and will give an update. I am 5'10" and like everyone else, I require the butt slide to ride the stock configuration, but expect to be able to toe-ball when I get it back.

I would also be interested in hearing form anyone who has had their seat modified to make it lower. I have only seen one seat that claims to be lowered by 20 cm and it cost over $400. Anyone down any custom mods to lower their seat?
 

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I mentioned a short while ago that I was in talks with a company called Solid Performance regarding a two inch lowering service but the deal initially fell through due to miss communication but in the end they bent over backwards to see that I received the lowered suspension and was happy with it.

Solid Performance is a KTM dealer and Certified WP service center based in the Eastern United States.
I found out about Evan and Brandon from a KTM 1090 Adventure R review by Revzilla where they mention the service provided by them in the article.

You needed to know: KTM 1090 Adventure R - RevZilla
“If you’re still concerned, Solid Performance has developed a mod in conjunction with WP that will allow riders to shorten the actual suspension. Theirs is a physical modification to the suspension that allows them to drop the bike two inches while still maintaining decent ground clearance and performance. Because they are working so closely with KTM and WP, their kit is going to be available for anyone to order and have installed at their local dealer, regardless of where in the country you reside.”

Here is how there service works; they send you a lowered suspension (forks and shocks) set up for your weight, along with a lowered side stand. They also include all the parts they replaced in case you want to have the suspension reverted to stock.


When you receive the suspension you swap it out and send them your original components, they will use them for the next customer. They will initially charge you 3000.00 U.S. but when they receive the replacement components they will refund you the core charge.


So you start off with 8.6 inches of travel front and rear and end up with 6.6. The first thing I noticed apart from the fact I could find tera firma with both feet was it’s amazing! It feels much better than the stock setup and handles much better under breaking (no fork dive like the stock setup) it also has less of that fall over feeling at slow speeds due to the fact that the center of gravity is now two inches lower.

I originally had the Metisse collar installed and the fact that the bike was one inch lower was nice but the handling was no better, in fact it did not feel balanced (the front felt higher than the rear) and yes the forks were dropped 30mm in the triples.

So if you want a two inch lowered suspension set up for your weight and riding style that is as close to factory as possible you can’t go wrong with these guys.
I mentioned a short while ago that I was in talks with a company called Solid Performance regarding a two inch lowering service but the deal initially fell through due to miss communication but in the end they bent over backwards to see that I received the lowered suspension and was happy with it.

Solid Performance is a KTM dealer and Certified WP service center based in the Eastern United States.
I found out about Evan and Brandon from a KTM 1090 Adventure R review by Revzilla where they mention the service provided by them in the article.

You needed to know: KTM 1090 Adventure R - RevZilla
“If you’re still concerned, Solid Performance has developed a mod in conjunction with WP that will allow riders to shorten the actual suspension. Theirs is a physical modification to the suspension that allows them to drop the bike two inches while still maintaining decent ground clearance and performance. Because they are working so closely with KTM and WP, their kit is going to be available for anyone to order and have installed at their local dealer, regardless of where in the country you reside.”

Here is how there service works; they send you a lowered suspension (forks and shocks) set up for your weight, along with a lowered side stand. They also include all the parts they replaced in case you want to have the suspension reverted to stock.


When you receive the suspension you swap it out and send them your original components, they will use them for the next customer. They will initially charge you 3000.00 U.S. but when they receive the replacement components they will refund you the core charge.


So you start off with 8.6 inches of travel front and rear and end up with 6.6. The first thing I noticed apart from the fact I could find tera firma with both feet was it’s amazing! It feels much better than the stock setup and handles much better under breaking (no fork dive like the stock setup) it also has less of that fall over feeling at slow speeds due to the fact that the center of gravity is now two inches lower.

I originally had the Metisse collar installed and the fact that the bike was one inch lower was nice but the handling was no better, in fact it did not feel balanced (the front felt higher than the rear) and yes the forks were dropped 30mm in the triples.

So if you want a two inch lowered suspension set up for your weight and riding style that is as close to factory as possible you can’t go wrong with these guys.
Anyone have feedback about how they like their lower suspension? I tip the scales pretty heavy at 230 pounds fully geared up and sometimes carry up to 150 pounds of camping gear including fuel, water, etc. I had mine professionally lowered using the stiffest fork springs I could find (Slavens Racing 43.2MM OD X 505 length and spring rate .68KG/MM) but now I bottom out the front forks VERY frequently during off-road travels or even when hitting a pothole with some speed. I had my 155 pound friend ride it and he would also bottom out the front forks frequently....

Aside from the forks bottoming out, the lowered bike works great and very much improved for me to better touch the ground especially when on the trail with uneven ground. One word of caution is that losing the 2" of ground clearance is very significant and noticeable when off road riding over obstacles and thru ruts.

Anyone else having the same experience with their front forks bottoming out after lowering the bike 2"??
 
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