KLR lowering links and stand

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by bdcorrigan, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    Anybody have any lowering links and a side stand for my 06 KLR they are willing to sell. My legs are just to short.
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  2. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    After doing a little research after I posted, I think I am going to leave the stock links in. Sounds like a lot of peoe have had problems with bottoming out and other issues after the lowering links were installed.
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  3. eric n

    eric n Been here awhile

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    your better off changing your seat thickness.

    its not just bottoming out you need to be worried about. lowering it also changes the fulcrum of the rear swing arm.
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  4. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Try eating more french fries.
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  5. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    or try a sidecar:evil
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  6. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    I like the French fry idea.
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  7. eric n

    eric n Been here awhile

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    it sounds like your new to klr's.....

    they are very specific bike. under powered. yet very rugged if you do the mods.

    not that you asked for it. but here's a basic summary of what you need to do.

    lubricate the rear swing arm bearings. all of them. use waterproof bearing lube the red stuff is best.

    change the rear spring http://topgunmotorcycles.com/ they have the least expensive ones.

    front forks: inner down tube enlarge the dampening holes one drill bit size larger than what they are now. I then use mobile one synthetic transmition oil. not too stiff when its cold out and not to loose when its hot.

    .22 cent mod on the carb. file the washer down to about .017" don't just shove a #22 washer in there you need to measure it and thin it.

    de snorkel it but don't put any holes in the intake box.

    eagle mike dohicy...

    ktm front fender...

    put real hand guards on it so you can adjust the controls for a standing position. the clutch lever will be lower than the brake lever making you look lopsided. and the stock guards will break your cluster in a crash.

    chain: 15 44 sprockets. still works with 108 link chain. stock is 15 43 I've done all the other combos 44 rear is modest enough to keep top speed and improved low speed control.

    for our weather conditions higher windshield and heated grips are advised. I put the heated grips straight to the battery with a fog lamp relay wired to the license plate light so it turns on and off with the ignition, and added a 12v socket to that circuit as well.

    wattman thermo bob. google it. for cold weather it keeps the engine at proper temps.

    shell rotella t 15 40 does work well in klr engines

    dumond chain oil is what I've landed on. the others don't do well in major rain and mud riding.

    most of these items are cheap or just labor intensive. there's more than just these items. but this is most basic things that should be done in my experience.
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  8. peterman

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    so along about now you have figgered out you should have gone with the Suzy DR650, which would already fit your inseam,(no lowering links needed), not need all the doo-hickey, whatzagizmo upgrades, (the suzy has no major foul potential with a chain tensioner) and more discoveries yet to find.
    Sell the KLR now at a loss, and get aboard a DR,,you'll save thousands of dollars worth of grief.
    And besides,,yer not serious about riding it anywhere you would ever be at any risk of any kind anyway.:deal
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  9. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    You crack me up Peterman!:rofl:rofl
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  10. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    Yay!,,:clap:clap:lol3,,I'm a success!:freaky :1drink


    thank you
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  11. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    This from a guy who swears by his own KLR... :lol3
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  12. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    I do love my KLR, but I also love to hate it. I have long gangly legs, and tho I think the DR is a better basic bike, I don't fit on one so well.
    Many a discussion on into the night,,all the things needed to make a KLR a better ride,,you still have a KLR when yer done.
    In it's favor,, the KLR will out-do any other thumper bike for load capacity, camp chairs, kitchen sinks, a chicken coop(with chickens),,on and on,,make up your own variety of fantasy,the klr will carry it..I have skidded tree length logs with mine!
    not worth a hoot in the snow!
    News flash,,KLR's suck in deep snow!:lol3
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