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post #1 of 4 Old 08-08-2007, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Whats the best combo to lower a KLR?

I have onwed my KLR for around a year now. I've got my dad interested so we're getting an extra bike but he's about 5'6" and can't reach the ground. On my bike with a Corbin dished seat he's still on the tips oh his toes. I was wondering if anyone has used a Progressive Suspension lowered shock. The bike allready has the front springs done. If you have used one what where your experience with it? I've heard bad things about lowering links. I'm looking for the best working most efficient combo to get about 3-3.5 inches lower. The shock only lowers the bike 1 inch but lowering links go 2 inches. I dont want to use anything that will negetively affect the suspension though.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-08-2007, 11:27 PM
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The links are probably your next option since it already has a dished Corbin. The thing about the lowering links is it gives the swingarm added leverage against the shock. This is okay if your around 150lbs but becomes a big problem for anyone over 190 because it is easy to bottom out the rear suspension. You could also add a heavier spring to the shock to help minumize that problem. The front forks will also need to be moved up in the triple clamps to match the rear ride level.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-10-2007, 01:52 AM
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To really get the bike lower I hear that flat tires and broken subfram bolts work best! But honestly the lowering links are used by a lot of people with no adverse issues. I have a 1" raising link and ride it hard off road all the time. There easy to change out and it's not a permanent change. Plus the links are under $100 so it's not as expensive as some other changes.

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-10-2007, 11:24 AM
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My bike has 2 inch lowering links--we did lower the front end also. I am 5'6"..It rides fine and has seen some knarly dirt and rocks---MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SKID PLATE, my skidplate shows the wear from hitting down -Mike has dragged me into some questionable territory -I have only highcentered a couple of times--once on a log--I have the corbin flat as opposed to the corbin dished--Mike and I both tried the dished and never liked it. The lowering links will work fine for you without giving up handling and such.... Kay
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