Need shock advice, 08+KLR

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Rev, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Rev

    Rev Asshole

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    alright guys, tax time is here and i figure its time to upgrade the KLR.

    can anyone give me some good suggestions on a rear shock/front spring setup for a 280lb guy that might add hard luggage at a later time?

    right now i ride with the stocker set to the max 5 setting, and i still get some significant sag and when i hit the throttle or brakes, the bike dives pretty good (enough to look like the bike is popping a wheelie if someone is in front of me...)

    anywho, i really dont want to raise the bike up anymore than it is already, so stock height or a touch lower would be great. AND, i cant have a lot of down time (so no sending my shock to someone else....)

    also, any better hand guards? solid mounted ones?
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  2. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Probably your best bet for a shock would be Ricor or Elka or Cogent.
    Keep in mind when you get a proper spring for your weight the bike will be taller because it won't sag out like the stock spring.
    If you are using your stock handlebars, they are tapped at the ends, so you will have to find a compatible barkbuster for them.Check twisted throttle and Happy trails.
    Good luck.
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  3. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    I went with Ricor (Front & Rear) on my '06 & have been very happy. No experience with other companies suspension upgrades though. The bike did rise up some or it seems like it cuz it don't collapse when you sit on it now. When you sit on my bike now it sinks down an inch at the most, instead of 6 inches like the stock suspension.
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  4. ejbeert

    ejbeert Adventurer

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    i just changed the springs on mine. progressive suspension in front and new spring in rear useing happy trails chart. cheep and quick. just to add to the mix race tech and progressive suspension.
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  5. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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    Contact Rick at Cogent Dynamics. He's the KLR suspension Guru.
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  6. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    It really depends on what and how you ride. If you are a tourer and don't off road much and don't expect alot of dynamics in the suspension a heavier spring would suit you fine and save considerable cash. If you want a premium suspension regardless of price, Cogent or Ricor will set you up taking into consideration of your weight, gear and riding style. I went with Ricor, I carry minimal gear but ride hard off road. I don't understand your description of "dive" though. Usually when you hit the brakes momentum causes the forks to "dive", kinda the opposite of the wheelie effect you speak of. I would assume your geometry is off due to you being a heavy guy riding a suspension designed for a 170 lbs. rider.
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  7. Rev

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    it "wheelies" on throttle, and dips below a lot of cars bumpers when i brake (fronts, obviously)

    im mostly on road, with some trails and general off road riding. nothing fast (dont think ive ever been out of second off road, dont trust dirt/pinestraw). its a commuter bike with aspirations of awesome camping trips where i drive to the spot i want to setup and drive back out, lol.

    thanks guys!
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  8. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Hi Rev,

    We are just out I26 from you near Asheville. I have ridden in your area as well as the sand hills. If you purchased the Cogent shock from us, we would do a short interview with you to determine your needs and set up a shock to suit. We guarantee our setup. An adjustable, serviceable and high quality replacement shock makes all the difference on the KLR (as well as many other bikes). The benefit being longevity, performance, ride quality and resale value.

    If your not ready to jump on to that band wagon, raising links from Eagle Mike can help or as suggested, replacing the spring on the stocker.

    Rick (Cogent Dynamics)
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  9. nonamehorse

    nonamehorse Concrete Jungle

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    +++1 for Rick's product and service!
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  10. Rev

    Rev Asshole

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    damn that IS service! i sent you an an email...
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  11. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    I've sent Rick/Joyce quite a bit of money over the years. They have done my KLR, DR 650, DRZ, WR 250R, and XChallenge. Going to do my F800 gs one of these days.
    I've been very happy with all their work!

    Just Do It ! You will not be sorry!
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  12. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    +1 on the Cogent Dynamics. Makes the bike handle the way you want. I have one built to take advantage of the 1 1/2 raising links. Best mod I have done for the bike. And I have done a lot of mods...
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