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Old 12-31-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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KLR650 Rear Shock Questions

Hi:

Newbie questions for any KLR inmates out there:

My 2005 KLR's rear shock is shot, so looking to replace with something awesome that will withstand a loaded bike off-road. I'm looking at either the Cogent Moab shock (http://www.motocd.com/moto/index.php...34:latest-news )or the Touratech shock ( http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...KLR650-2008-on ). Touratech says its only been tested on a 2008+ KLR, but that it could work on the 2005.

Does anyone know why the shock would NOT fit/work on a 2005?

Does anyone have any feedback on how well the Touratech shock has worked for them?

Thanks!
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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I had a KLR for 5 years, and this shock was a fantastic piece-o-kit!

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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One of the mounting bolts are different, I believe the size is the same but the lengths are different. I would send it to
http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/KLR...lrsprings.html for a new spring and rebuild. The other options are to costly for an old klr
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:49 PM   #4
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No feedback on the Tourtech, but I had a Cogent on my KLR and I have one one my Super Tenere. Rick makes a fine product. You won't go wrong with the Cogent.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:05 AM   #5
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2008 is when Kawasaki redesigned the KLR. I don't know just how different they are, other than looks, but they probably don't share the exact same suspension.

I have an 04 KLR and was very happy with the CD Moab shock while I was riding it.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:37 AM   #6
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I have a Moab & like it lots.


the cheap alternative is a different spring & a rebuild. Top Gun & others have spring choices.

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:43 AM   #7
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No feedback on the Tourtech, but I had a Cogent on my KLR and I have one one my Super Tenere. Rick makes a fine product. You won't go wrong with the Cogent.
A Cogent out back along with stiffer springs, ricor intimidators and a fork brace up front transformed the bike. Handles great on pavement loaded up and rocky whoop filled two-track.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:36 PM   #8
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Can't speak for the Touratech product (I got here looking for a comparison) but the Cogent products are great.

With the exception of luggage, my 2008 KLR was mostly stock for my first WABDR trip. The next year I installed the Cogent Moab and Cogent front spring and emulators before hitting the trail again. HUGE difference! It is a different bike. My wife immediately noticed the difference riding pillion on a road test ride. I carry too much and ride towards the limit of my skill but have far more confidence and ride far, far better after the upgrades. Same trail with the same riders is a good test. I gave Rick my weights and riding styles and the products came pre-set up. I am no expert on suspension but I have been extremely happy.

Might put engine guards, skid plate, navigation, and luggage ahead of suspension, but I'd much rather spend the money on suspension than engine, ergonomics, fork brace, SS brake lines, or farkles galore. YMMV, but for me the rather large expense was well worth it.

I'd be interested to hear how people like the Touratech offerings.

What did you end up doing?
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:53 PM   #9
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Just replaced the rear shock on my 1991 KLR with a Progressive Suspension Rear Shock last month. I just got back from a three week 3700 mile ride. Very happy and no problems.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:16 PM   #10
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I got my 04 last april with 47k on the clock, and a shot shock. Dropped in the progressive right off, I'm 7k in and pretty happy for the $.
I zip tied a bit of innertube rubber in place to keep the worst of the fling from making it through the gap aimed at the shock.
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:33 PM   #11
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A Cogent out back along with stiffer springs, ricor intimidators and a fork brace up front transformed the bike. Handles great on pavement loaded up and rocky whoop filled two-track.
^^^^^^^^
This right here. Figure out how much weight you'll carry 75% of the time, give Rick a call and he'll set you up. If you can afford it, get some straight rate springs for the front too.
Aside from an Eagle Mike doohickey and 685 kit, this will be the best money you can spend on a KLR.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:23 PM   #12
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2013 shock in a 2006 bike

Will the 13 shock fit my 06 KLR?
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:10 AM   #13
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Yes, lower bolt is only difference.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:50 AM   #14
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What is the differance?

Help!?
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Help!?
... Order a gen2 bolt or add washers to your gen1 bolt.
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