Will a low shock and stand off a f650 work on a 800?

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  1. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I know a lot of the parts are swappable between the 650,the 700 ad the 800. Maybe I should ask first if there is some quick way to check which parts are swappable because I cant imagine they all are. Anyway, I have a low shock and sidestand from a 650,will it bolt right onto a 800 to give me a lower height similar to a 650 ?
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  2. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    It will probably bolt on, whether you have a rideable bike afterwards is a different matter. Long travel forks at the front, low shock at the back? I don't think so.
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  3. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    Not sure I agree Woody.

    On my last bike (G650 Sertao), I put a set of kouba links on the rear to lower the rear end 2", and left the front end as is.

    It worked great on and off - road, and gave me a lot more confidence in sand as it slowed the steering down.

    Best thing I ever did to the bike and can't see why it wouldn't work on the 800 twin.
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  4. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    I know what you are saying, and don't disagree, but the way I read the OP, he wants to put a shock off a lowered 650 on to an 800. I could be wrong here, but my thinking is that shock is shorter than a standard 650 shock, which is shorter than an 800 shock, so the total lowering could be 3 or 4 inches. But if he has the shock in his hot little hand, it will cost nothing to try it. I hope he let's us know how he goes.
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  5. itsatdm

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    You can't compare lowering links to a bike that has no links and connects directly to the swing arm. I can tell you this, a 5 mm shorter shock on my F800 results in a 15mm lower seat. A f800gs rear shock is 17inches eye to eye. What ever longer that is than your current shock will result in a taller rear end between 2 1/2 -3 inches per inch, taller than your current ride height.
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  6. Cavi

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    and for the front you can slide the forks up in the tree an inch or more
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  7. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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    We had someone ask that question about two years ago. I called my dealer and said that he bolted a 650 onto a 800 because of reasons. didn't report on how it did behave though.
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  8. theshnizzle

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    I asked my local dealer if I could bolt on a low shock to lower a regular height bike and he told me it was impossible.....that you can only get a lowered bike from the factory.

    He was adamant about it and dismissed my insistence that it could be done.

    Sigh.....
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  9. Reaver

    Reaver Why am I still here?

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    Well Dear, you do have a way of using many words.......

    Dealers won't take the risk or liability on such mods, therefore it can't be done.
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    africadero ronny-king

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  12. Reaver

    Reaver Why am I still here?

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    3/4" diff last I measured.


    Shockcomp.jpg
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  13. RBMann

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    Even if it can be done, you will end up with a really low rear and a poor shock.
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  14. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Can I buy touratech at wallymart? :D Otherwise waaaaĆ y out of my price range.....
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