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    Tires that will yield the lowest seat height?

    Hiya folks!

    I've ALMOST got this TDUB working for my 4-11" wife, via:
    - drilled lower shock mount
    - lowered triple tree
    - scooped out the seat

    Would anyone have suggestions/experience on tires that lower the overall height? I'm currently using Michelin T63 (130/80-18), those are probably taller than stock actually...

    Perhaps going even further- smaller rear/front rims? I've looked around the forums here, and seen some really neat projects involving trailer rims and such on the rear, but not much for the front other than re-lacing to a new rim (ouch, $$$).

    Thanks for any advice and measurements!

    (pic: early test run with sandles duct-taped to bottom of boots for added height- she digs it!)

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    I was tempted to bust your -$$ and say flat tires will yield the lowest seat height but it's for such a good cause I'll look and see what I can find to help.
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    It looks like she has a big old smile in that pic..!
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    haha I already tried that, sort of, 6psi or so, made a small difference but not enough!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyJeeper View Post
    It looks like she has a big old smile in that pic..!
    Yep! She'd never been much interested but really took a liking to the TW, trying to keep that momentum going!

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    Hey, yahodahan, Mrs Trip's s secret weapon is her Daytona Ladystar boots. 2.5cm lift, plus, they are very nice boots. We ordered them from Germany...much better price than in the US. (They rebate the VAT for US buyers)

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    Maybe I could plop a scooter tire, 160-60-14 on the rear, just for starters? If my calculations are correct, that would drop it a long ways:

    160mm (width) * .6 (ratio) = 96mm tall, *2 (top and bottom) + 14 inches (rim) = 550mm-ish
    vs stock:
    180mm (width) * .8 (ratio) = 144mm tall, *2 (top and bottom) + 14 inches (rim) = 645mm-ish

    So the 160/60/14 would be nearly 10cm (4 inches) shorter?

    Probably a hundred different holes in my logic there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodetrip View Post
    Hey, yahodahan, Mrs Trip's s secret weapon is her Daytona Ladystar boots. 2.5cm lift, plus, they are very nice boots. We ordered them from Germany...much better price than in the US. (They rebate the VAT for US buyers)

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    Thanks much! The tough part is finding boots that also give a lift at the ball of the foot...I don't suppose you'd mind measuring that?

    Also, we recently tried some serious moto-x boots, they gave her a 1" lift front and back, but were just too bulky.

    Finally, boot sizing...oi...she has size 5 feet, not easy to find for moto boots!!
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    Think that through one more time.. (the tire math).. /?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yahodahan View Post
    Thanks much! The tough part is finding boots that also give a lift at the ball of the foot...I don't suppose you'd mind measuring that?

    Also, we recently tried some serious moto-x boots, they gave her a 1" lift front and back, but were just too bulky.

    Finally, boot sizing...oi...she has size 5 feet, not easy to find for moto boots!!
    They are in European sizes so you'll have to check but I think that's the same size as Mrs Trip. They are lifted at the front of the foot, too. They have armour protection for the ankles and shin, but they are more touring oriented than a real moto-cross boot. She really likes them.


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