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What if... the swingarm was shortened???

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I think the reason the dirt worthy DRZ's track so well is because of the length of the swingarm. What would the SM be like if the swingarm was shortened? What would the pro's and con's be?

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This is what is rattling around in my head.:smashpc:

The leverage and wheelbase would change, causing the front end to possibly feel lighter while under power. pro

The rear end height would be lowered a little. Pro or con?

The chain would have to be shortened also. Pro less weight (ha! ha!)

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You would need a softer spring to get the sag correct, valving may need redone.

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I don't know if you are weighing the pros and cons for street or dirt.

One thing about having the longer swingarm on dirt-which has already been mentioned is it is more difficult to wheelie.

The longer swingarm is good for going up long steep up hill climbs as it won't be as likely to loop out. That's why you see the hill climb bikes with swingarms extended way out.

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Less stability on high speed sweepers....

Make the rear end stiffer due to reduced leverage on rear shock...

Why would you think about changing something that has been tried and tested by Suzuki Engineers....It's not as if there is a handling problem with the SM....

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sounds like a good winter project if you bought a used swing arm. I wouldn't try it myself. The Drz alread turns light and sharp and wheelies. I think the handling would be weird if you look off a lot and not really noticable if you took off a little.

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