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Old 11-12-2012, 03:10 AM   #16
el capitan
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Hi Inniswhe,

I bought the raising links from ebay Germany for about 35 bucks (http://www.ebay.at/itm/Heckhoherlegung-Hoherlegung-Suzuki-DR650-DR-650-/200398752189?pt=Motorrad_Kraftradteile&hash=item2ea8b249bd9, postage to the US will be 8 $)) and they add 30 mm to the rear (1,2"). What I did to my suspension is:

FRONT:
Replace springs with stiffer progressive Wilbers, replace stock oil with 10w, leave an air-chamber of 165 mm (6,2")

REAR:
Replace spring with stiffer Wirth, replace stock oil in damper with that same 10w I had left over from the forks. I had to fully open compression dampening afterwards @ 180 lbs naked weight, but the limp stock rebound now is spot-on. My guess is that you could use 7.5w oil instead and maintain a rest of adjustability for your compression without sacrificing the good rebound.

This really isn´t rocket-science: 1 hour of work but a rewarding one ridewise! I described it on http://drriders.com/topic2041.html and a second rider added some pics, so this could help you some.

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Old 11-12-2012, 06:10 AM   #17
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MY bike has 2007 RMZ forks which came stock with .47 springs and I find them just a little stiff for trail riding, but right on for bombing across whoops with a 400# bike. I had to raise the back end about an inch to get the correct steering angles back when installing the 12" travel front end. I did this by sending the shock off to Cogent and he extended both the internal travel and external eye to eye length of the shock giving me another inch +- in height and travel. The bike turns in as good as stock but I would still prefer a little more turn in on the front for handling like a motocross bike. On the road it is just as good as the stock set up. Since this picture I made some brackets to lower the foot pegs about 3/4" and I no longer feel the cramping in my knees on long days. I ride this bike on Adv rides sometimes cruising over 1000 miles on a weekend, but it also serves as a trail bike when I ride with the motorcycle club out of Boise. The bike also has a built motor, and RMZ front wheel with an after market 270mm disk conversion as the RMZ stock disk was a little lacking at 250mm. It is fine now. The seat height is currently 36" with static sag set at about 1 t0 1.25 inches sag.

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:18 AM   #18
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Hey ram1000, if you ever get bored of your suspension you are welcome to send it over the big pond!
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:52 AM   #19
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MY bike has 2007 RMZ forks which came stock with .47 springs and I find them just a little stiff for trail riding, but right on for bombing across whoops with a 400# bike. I had to raise the back end about an inch to get the correct steering angles back when installing the 12" travel front end. I did this by sending the shock off to Cogent and he extended both the internal travel and external eye to eye length of the shock giving me another inch +- in height and travel. The bike turns in as good as stock but I would still prefer a little more turn in on the front for handling like a motocross bike. On the road it is just as good as the stock set up. Since this picture I made some brackets to lower the foot pegs about 3/4" and I no longer feel the cramping in my knees on long days. I ride this bike on Adv rides sometimes cruising over 1000 miles on a weekend, but it also serves as a trail bike when I ride with the motorcycle club out of Boise. The bike also has a built motor, and RMZ front wheel with an after market 270mm disk conversion as the RMZ stock disk was a little lacking at 250mm. It is fine now. The seat height is currently 36" with static sag set at about 1 t0 1.25 inches sag.

thats a super nice setup!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:21 AM   #20
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Since the pic I have extended my kickstand and installed a Uly headlight. Its winter here so I'm stripping the bike down to the frame to clean all the stuff up and ill be painting the frame hammertone silver. I also have it wired for a heated liner, and had to install a Vapor speedo.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #21
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Hey ram1000, if you ever get bored of your suspension you are welcome to send it over the big pond!
Can't you guys get similar stuff
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:09 PM   #22
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Can't you guys get similar stuff
The DR 650 had been discontinued in 2000 - so there is very few stuff available locally. And all shipping from US to Europe makes even things like a Seatconcepts kit or a Cogent overhaul/rebuild much more expensive. KTM forks should be widely available though. But not Suzuki RM or RMZ-parts ...
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