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I was on ebay and noticed that there was a company offering a lowering kit for the MP 500. They say it will lower the seat height by 1 1/2 inches. It attaches to the shocks. Was just wondering if any one has put this kit on their scooter. I wonder if this would affect handling or CG of scooter. As it is right now I just barely touch the ground with my feet at a stop. With the weight of the bike it would be nice to have a better footing. Kit is a bit pricey for what it is at $200.00. Could probably buy myself some platform shoes cheaper. lol.
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Before putting down that kinda money, you should experiment with different preload settings on the shocks first.

That might give you the results you need without any initial cash outlay.

For me, getting the Piaggio branded Bitubo shocks was the best improvement for the bike by far. Transformed the whole bike, for the better. The stock factory shocks leave a lot to be desired. And shame on Piaggio for putting such crappy shocks on such a expensive bike.
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The Mp3 is a bit big for me as well. I just got in the habit of scooting forwards on the seat a little as I approach the stop so I can put enough foot down to be comfortable.
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Run a search for "lowering" in the MP3 forum. There are many who have lowered the rear of their MP3 by use of steel brackets.
You can generally drop the rear of the first generation MP3s by 1.5 to 2 inches before changing the ride geometry too much. However, for many, a slight rear end drop fills the bill nicely.

From a guy with two MP3s and a 29" inseam at 5'6".

Search "my idea lowering MP3" by Old As Dirt. You'll get a massive load of info
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Thanks
I appreciate all the input. Gives me several options to think about. Wish those brackets were so high. $200.00 is a lot. Would probably be better off to buy the new shocks.
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