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Old 02-21-2012, 10:52 AM   #31
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The RAP adjusts sag/preload, which you can do on the fly, dampening I have set on #3

It's not too stiff, I'd call it firm, but still plush/comfortable
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:27 PM   #32
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Just Ordered Progressive

Ok. I was concerned about a ride I have coming up in April.
I'll be riding 2-Up on my 99 KLR 650.
My concern was the added weight.
As it stands right now, I'm about 200 pounds and I tend to bottom the bike out on the dirt trails.
With my weight, about 105 pounds of passenger weight, weight of skid plate, highway pegs, PD Nerf bars, luggage and camping gear, I'm worried about handling for the long trip.
I also want to be able to ride 50/50 dirt/street when 1-up.
So I ordered the Progressive 465 with RAP for the rear, and Progressive Springs with 10wt oil for the front.
I also have an Eagle Mike fork brace, which I have yet to install.
Does this seem like a good setup?
Any recommendations?
Any advice on installation?
Thanks
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:54 PM   #33
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Ok. I was concerned about a ride I have coming up in April.
I'll be riding 2-Up on my 99 KLR 650.
My concern was the added weight.
As it stands right now, I'm about 200 pounds and I tend to bottom the bike out on the dirt trails.
With my weight, about 105 pounds of passenger weight, weight of skid plate, highway pegs, PD Nerf bars, luggage and camping gear, I'm worried about handling for the long trip.
I also want to be able to ride 50/50 dirt/street when 1-up.
So I ordered the Progressive 465 with RAP for the rear, and Progressive Springs with 10wt oil for the front.
I also have an Eagle Mike fork brace, which I have yet to install.
Does this seem like a good setup?
Any recommendations?
Any advice on installation?
Thanks
It has been a few years since I did my KLR suspension upgrades but as I recall it was pretty straight forward. Get a shop manual and follow the instructions.... that's all I did.

The shock is a simple job as long as you have a center stand or lift. If not an overhead strap can be rigged to work as well. Simple unbolt and bolt back job.

I believe the forks have to be removed from the bike to drain all the oil, I may be wrong here but seems to me there is no drain hole in the lower leg. Either way it really is a simple job.

Depending on the weight of your new springs and shock you should be much better than stock. and a fork brace makes a great difference as well.

The best money I have spent on my KLR has been the suspension upgrades..
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:53 PM   #34
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I believe the forks have to be removed from the bike to drain all the oil, I may be wrong here but seems to me there is no drain hole in the lower leg. Either way it really is a simple job.
Your correct. You remove and upend in a drain pan. 2008+ don't have the drain. Even if they did you would still want to dump them out in a pan. Then pump the lower leg to get all the oil out. I'd even separate top and bottom legs and clean everything up.
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