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post #1 of 20 Old 10-18-2006, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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I want to make it taller

Okay so I hear about progressive front shocks, sound good. Now what's the ticket for the rear suspension? I'f I'm going to keep treating this bike like a dirt bike I really need to start setting it up as one

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-18-2006, 02:57 AM
 
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EAGLEMIKE SELLS A 1" raising kit... http://www.eagle-m-e.com/
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Eagle Mike makes a raising link for the KILLER. Give him a call and he will fix you up.

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Do the RL-2 links give you a 2" lift?

What about using the raising links with an aftermarket rear shock, is it possible to gain 3-4" that way?
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Do the RL-2 links give you a 2" lift?

What about using the raising links with an aftermarket rear shock, is it possible to gain 3-4" that way?
Mike may chime in here, but until he does...I'll tell ya the best way to get hooked up is to PM EagleMike and get his recommendation.

I'm running the RL-2, so I don't mind poking my .02 in. The links are the "dog bone" that connects the shock linkage to the swing arm. When set next to a standard part it doesn't look all the different, just a fraction of an inch longer, but the effect is that the rear shock can be set to 1 or 2 preload instead of 4 or 5, and the wallowing in the corners is cleaned up. I haven't measured any actual increase in bike height, it's not that much.

The RL-1 were the first design and actually raise the bike a bit more than the RL-2. The -2 was designed for a slightly lighter weight rider, I'm 6-3", 205 or so and they are working well for me. TOBJ has original set, now called the RL-1 and enjoys them, we're about the same size.

I highly recommend them so you can get your suspension adjustment back.

Someone was running an aftermarket shock with these, but you'll need to talk to Mike about that for sure.

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post #6 of 20 Old 10-18-2006, 10:10 AM
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If you want to raise your bike that much, I'd suggest you contact Klaus at Wilbers USA and get a custom shock made. He can hook you up - custom valving, custom spring for your weight and riding style, and the custom length was no extra charge last time I spoke with him. I need to call him today, and I'll ask him what he thinks.

The raising links are designed to make the otherwise stock KLR suspension work for a rider larger than 160 lbs or so that kawasaki seems to have made the stock suspension fit. They are a little shorter than the stock links. As TW noted above there's 2 sizes available. The suspension damping is stiffer, as well as the spring rate. They're easier to install than a replacement spring.

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Oh yea.... me likey !

It does not give you anymore travel. It just makes it possable to use all the travel the shock has to give. and keep it in the extended position.

I hope we can keep from arguing this .....again.

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post #8 of 20 Old 10-18-2006, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.
I guess this is a good spot to put in my $.02. I'm 6'4" and 280. To give you an idea of what I'm riding it is mostly single track, good ruts, lots of mud. I've been playing with some jumps and yeah, even with the rear down first I'm bottoming out. HC said that replacing the rear would make it stiffer, but I think that is what I need at my size. It's coming up on winter, good time to really strip the bike and do these mods.
1. replace sub frame bolts and weld up the pegs
2. forks
3. rear suspension

I'm a KLR owner so you know I'm cheap :wink: , but what are some of the prices on the parts?


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I missread the post earlier, the progressive springs don't really raise the front end either.

Seems suspension tuning will get you mostly where you want to be, a custom revalved rear shock would definitely be advantageous, but expensive.

I'm thinking you may be quickly moving into the territory where a dedicated Enduro bike would be easier to get the performance you desire and lighter, faster, better for truly off-road riding.

A bunch of the new KTMs are supposed to be DOT legal, "not for commuting, but barely street legal dirt bikes" so says an article in one of the cyclemags I just got.

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I missread the post earlier, the progressive springs don't really raise the front end either.

Seems suspension tuning will get you mostly where you want to be, a custom revalved rear shock would definitely be advantageous, but expensive.

I'm thinking you may be quickly moving into the territory where a dedicated Enduro bike would be easier to get the performance you desire and lighter, faster, better for truly off-road riding.

A bunch of the new KTMs are supposed to be DOT legal, "not for commuting, but barely street legal dirt bikes" so says an article in one of the cyclemags I just got.

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I have been looking at this option. But with $$$ tight I was hopeing that there migh be a relativly painless way to do this. I've already got the front shocks with 9-12 psi, that helped a lot! I've heard that a new rear spring might be the answer?

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