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Old 02-04-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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Just installed VStrom650 'Soupy Raising Links'

well.... was considering dropping the front forks on my DL650 to quicken the bikes turning a tad, but realized I could raise the rear instead and gain a little more ground clearance. (mainly so I don't have to worry about scraping my center stand while cornering in TN. Deals Gap....and occasional light off-road)

I want to preach to the world.....that I first ordered a $35 pair of raising links from BURKHART cycle. well......a month and half later. nothing after repeated attempts to contact them.....phone calls, emails....lol, even called his home phone.

Anyhow....I continued my search, and decided to take a loss with Burkhart. I ran into a product on Soupy's Performance. They make an adjustable raising link...... they showed up in the mail today, and they are amazingly stout...steel eyebolts, heavy duty lock nuts, etc.. Im impressed. Even better, I know its not chinese CNC made from junk metal.

The rising links gave me a perfect 15mm rise, preset as shipped. I tightened down the lock nuts with some loc-tite, and done. (suzuki dog-bone nuts are at 56.5 ft lbs per service manual) Granted, the lock nuts will be part of my routine 'pre-flight' checklist, I have no worries as to their durability in construction.





new verses old. tons of adjustably left. in both directions.....raise, and lower.


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Old 02-08-2014, 03:07 AM   #2
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15mm shorter links = raising the back end +15mm?

I am guessing this mod = approx. 8mm more leg room to the pedals (splitting the difference).

I like the adjustability . . . Found their website. Did you get the +2" to -2"?
How much was shipping?

http://soupysperformance.com/suzuki/...all-years.html

These will fit all years DL650.

Turnbuckle style raising links are infinitely adjustable, just the same as our lowering links. They are available for all of the same bikes listed with the double style lowering links. We can build them to your ride height requirements with a 4" total adjustment. When raising, most people prefer a +2" to -2" adjustment range. Include in the comments area of your order what ride height you would like. We always have everything in stock for these.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:34 PM   #3
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mcmann - no change in distance to the pegs - the pegs attach to the frame - not the swing arm. No change in relationship of seat to pegs. Shorter links raise the suspension, longer shorten it a bit due to the geometry of the suspension linkage. The bike will sit taller in relation to the rear axle or tire - which can benefit handling and improve ground clearance.

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15mm shorter links = raising the back end +15mm?

I am guessing this mod = approx. 8mm more leg room to the pedals (splitting the difference).

I like the adjustability . . . Found their website. Did you get the +2" to -2"?
How much was shipping?

http://soupysperformance.com/suzuki/...all-years.html

These will fit all years DL650.

Turnbuckle style raising links are infinitely adjustable, just the same as our lowering links. They are available for all of the same bikes listed with the double style lowering links. We can build them to your ride height requirements with a 4" total adjustment. When raising, most people prefer a +2" to -2" adjustment range. Include in the comments area of your order what ride height you would like. We always have everything in stock for these.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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Thumb resurrect for questions

mcmann, et al
- are these hardy? uber-strong?
- may be a dumb question, but how do you get the EXACTLY the same length after they are installed on the bike?
- has someone derived a table that says "X mm adjustment translates to Y result in vertical-line height" ?

thanky for yer expertise
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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My guess is that you'll have to measure them, unless you start with them both closed up and then count an equal amount of turns for each. That's the way you adjust the shocks on a HD softail as you turn each shock separately. So you need to have a start point where both are the same length.
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:09 AM   #6
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can these take the punishment?

what length would correspond to a 1" drop in the vertical?


another way to get there: anyone know the bone length, center hole to center hole, of the Koubalinks V-strom-2? that one supposedly takes the vertical down by 1 1/8th"
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:36 AM   #7
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They come to you preset. You install them and then if needed you adjust them both using the same number of turns and then use red locktight to set them. When I installed mine, I told Soupy's what difference I wanted (to drop the rear one inch) and he shipped them to me with that already dialed in. I think I am going to raise the rear of my Wee-Strom up a half inch from where it is now. With these, I don't have to buy new links, just adjust and re-locktight them.

I have had mine for about two years. They have held up well but I don't ride single tracks. Just gravel roads when I can find them.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:08 PM   #8
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sounds good.
i read elsewhere that 150mm draws down the vertical just a tad over 1".

at your original setting, how's the kickstand with a full load?

I can't believe i'm even having this discussion :) . in the past I had [still have] extra long forks made and ran my K4 jacked up nearly 2" both ends. that's tall... that plus the wide seat plus loose/uncertain terrain underfoot had me stretched despite my 35" inseam.
but the wife likes to ride a little more now than in the past and it will be much easier to handle 2-up after a drop
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They come to you preset. You install them and then if needed you adjust them both using the same number of turns and then use red locktight to set them. When I installed mine, I told Soupy's what difference I wanted (to drop the rear one inch) and he shipped them to me with that already dialed in. I think I am going to raise the rear of my Wee-Strom up a half inch from where it is now. With these, I don't have to buy new links, just adjust and re-locktight them.

I have had mine for about two years. They have held up well but I don't ride single tracks. Just gravel roads when I can find them.
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sounds good.
i read elsewhere that 150mm draws down the vertical just a tad over 1".

at your original setting, how's the kickstand with a full load?
A little scary sometimes, the bike is almost straight up with maybe a 15% lean on flat pavement unloaded. Put a full camping load on and I have to be careful when I get off (let the sag unloaded give me some lean). I really need to invest in one of Soupy's adjustable side stands. I haven't yet because I am hesitant to put more money into the bike as I am considering selling it (I am not riding it as much as I used to due to medical problems and age).
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