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Old 12-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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F650GS "short suspension version"?

Looking to buy a F650GS and I've noticed some craigslist bikes mention that they are "short suspension versions". Now, they are considerably cheaper I'm assuming because the markets far smaller... but what exactly is different? What would entail making them standard size again? I'm 6'2"
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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Easy enough to convert to standard. New rear shock in std length (or dakar length if you want it even higher), change out dampener rods and springs in forks for std length. You can also use spacers on the low springs but I would suggest using aftermarket springs rated for your weight or progressive springs. Or Yamaha fork conversion if you're going for extra tall.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
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2007 F650GS Factory Low

I am pretty sure that on my 2007 F650GS Factory Low the frame is shorter.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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Do not underestimate the costs that come with the conversion!

The following list is for 2001-2007 models that were bought in the "low/short suspension"-version directly from the factory:

- Side and main stands are shortened and need to be replaced with the regular parts
- Rear shock and a shock link need to be changed
- Fork springs and some other inner fork parts need to replaced with the regular parts
- Some of the lowered GS models may also have a lowered seat fitted

Here are the fork parts and part numbers that are needed:
2x compression spring (31 42 2 345 381)
2x piston ring (31 42 2 345 384)
2x spacer tube (31 42 2 345 389)
2x pipe (31 42 7 655 780)

It's usually cheaper to just go for a regular GS if you need a regular one.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #5
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yea its lookin like thats the case after you factor in part prices, shipping, hardware, and the labor.... thanks all! doesnt look to hard to address though if a gem comes up...
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