Just got back from a days riding on some very challenging trails in Tower City PA. Lots of big loose rocks, plenty of sandy conditions and some big hills. Overall, I was impressed by the performance of my XRL, even with the stock deathwings. One thing that MUST change for me is that I have to lower it. I dropped it once just turning it around on a trail because I couldn't reach the ground. My questions regarding lowering it is how much can you raise the forks since there's a tapered area at the top that looks like will only give you about 3/4". Second, I bent my shift lever about 90 degrees. I was able to bend it back about half way on the trail but I'm wondering if it will break if I take it off and put it in a vise to bend it back all the way or if it will weaken it too much. Any thought are appreciated!