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Old 04-05-2015, 10:38 AM   #1
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dr650 front suspension

just a quick question, and a noob one at that. I have never messed with suspension before on cars or motorcycles. I have done a fair share of other stuff so im not completely tarded. The guy i bought my bike from has the rear in the factory low setting which seems simple to change. The front however he has raised the forks up in the tubes and i would like to revert the front back to factory position.

My problem here is, where would the top triple clamp be in relation to the top of the fork tubes from the factory? is it all the way flush, or an inch down or what? anyone who has a non-adjusted front shock able to post a picture or a measurement of distance from the top of the fork tube to the top-side of the upper triple clamp?

oops, its a 2005 fwiw

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Old 04-05-2015, 04:08 PM   #2
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just a quick question, and a noob one at that. I have never messed with suspension before on cars or motorcycles. I have done a fair share of other stuff so im not completely tarded. The guy i bought my bike from has the rear in the factory low setting which seems simple to change. The front however he has raised the forks up in the tubes and i would like to revert the front back to factory position.

My problem here is, where would the top triple clamp be in relation to the top of the fork tubes from the factory? is it all the way flush, or an inch down or what? anyone who has a non-adjusted front shock able to post a picture or a measurement of distance from the top of the fork tube to the top-side of the upper triple clamp?

oops, its a 2005 fwiw
The fork tube is flush with the top of the triple clamp.
The cap is above the clamp.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:11 AM   #3
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The fork tube is flush with the top of the triple clamp.
The cap is above the clamp.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:15 AM   #4
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^what they said^

btw, if you fill in your profile with your general location....you may find a bunch of local folks who can lend a hand whenever you have other questions or at least get you a cold drink when needed.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:16 AM   #5
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^what they said^

btw, if you fill in your profile with your general location....you may find a bunch of local folks who can lend a hand whenever you have other questions or at least get you a cold drink when needed.
I will get right on that thanks lol.

And thanks all for the info on the forks. Time to go slide them back to their original location. I do assume its not a big issues to have the rear in the "low" setting and have the front forks in their factory position? I don't know if that will throw off the geometry of the bike enough to worry about. I don't plan to do any fancy riding on this bike (thats what the r6 is for). I will be just doing forest roads, maybe single tracks, and slabbing on my way to the next forest road.

thanks guys
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:38 AM   #6
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It should be fine with the front and rear slightly off, but it will be a little "chopper-ish".

If you find that the front end washes out (pushes) through corners in the dirt or gravel, you'll want to either slide the forks back up or raise the rear suspension up. When the bike sits high in the front and lower in the back, I notice that it doesnt want to hold a line through the sketchy stuff.
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